Wat­ford trio apol­o­gise for lock­down party

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Ja­son Burt

Wat­ford play­ers An­dre Gray, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domin­gos Quina have apol­o­gised to team-mates af­ter be­ing dropped from the squad for Sun­day’s de­feat by Southamp­ton for at­tend­ing a lock­down party.

The trio are set to be dis­ci­plined by the rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened Premier League club, and fined, but will be con­sid­ered for se­lec­tion should they test neg­a­tive for coro­n­avirus. They should be avail­able for Satur­day’s fix­ture away to Chelsea.

The play­ers apol­o­gised in per­son to the rest of the squad and man­ager Nigel Pear­son at train­ing yes­ter­day, with Gray and Quina also tak­ing to so­cial me­dia to make pub­lic state­ments.

It emerged that the play­ers had at­tended a party, hosted by Gray on Fri­day evening, to cel­e­brate his 29th birth­day. “I wanted to make a pub­lic apol­ogy as my first apol­ogy needed to be to my team­mates and staff first for not be­ing able to be in­volved in yes­ter­day’s game and the risk I may have caused!” Gray wrote. “I just want to re­it­er­ate that it was not a late night party like what has been por­trayed and only a gath­er­ing of friends which turned into a sort of foot­ball tour­na­ment on my birth­day! I un­der­stand my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and will do what it takes to make it right, apolo­gies again!” Posts on Gray’s In­sta­gram ac­count, which have since been deleted, showed the group play­ing foot­ball in his gar­den with Quina and Chalobah present. Ac­cord­ing to the Gov­ern­ment’s guide­lines, only groups of up to six peo­ple can meet out­side with the twome­tre so­cial dis­tanc­ing rule cur­rently in place. There are also Premier League pro­to­cols for play­ers to min­imise con­tact with any­one not from their club or house­hold.

In his post Quina said: “It was a silly mis­take in putting the health and safety of my fam­ily, my team­mates and oth­ers at risk.”

Host: An­dre Gray was cel­e­brat­ing his birth­day

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