Watford trio apologise for lockdown party
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