Aluko in Covid breach

Former Eng­land for­ward blames a ‘mis­un­der­stand­ing’ Villa sport­ing di­rec­tor ex­ited ho­tel be­fore test re­sults known

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Katie Why­att

Eniola Aluko, the former Eng­land for­ward, has said the quar­an­tine breach that led to her at­tend­ing a mag­is­trates’ court in Bar­ba­dos was a “mis­un­der­stand­ing”. The 33-yearold was sup­posed to stay in a ho­tel on hol­i­day while she awaited the re­sults of a coro­n­avirus test, but said the ho­tel had al­lowed her to leave af­ter a de­lay in re­sults.

Eniola Aluko, the former Eng­land and Ju­ven­tus for­ward, has de­scribed the quar­an­tine breach that led to her at­tend­ing a mag­is­trates’ court in Bar­ba­dos as a “mis­un­der­stand­ing”.

The 33-year-old was sup­posed to stay in a quar­an­tine ho­tel on hol­i­day while she awaited the re­sults of a coro­n­avirus test, but the ho­tel had al­lowed her to leave af­ter a de­lay in re­sults, she said yes­ter­day.

Videos of As­ton Villa Women’s sport­ing di­rec­tor ex­plor­ing the coun­try then cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia and led to her be­ing tracked down by Bar­ba­dian of­fi­cials and charged with dis­obey­ing the or­der of the chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer on Fri­day. Bar­ba­dos has recorded 142 Covid-19 cases, in­clud­ing seven deaths. Aluko, whose coro­n­avirus test was neg­a­tive, was pho­tographed in tears out­side the court­room in the Caribbean.

She was not fined by the mag­is­trate, but of­fered to pay one “for my hon­est mis­take”.

The former Chelsea player, who re­tired from play­ing in Jan­uary, said the pro­to­col breach had since “been fully re­solved”, and that she had al­ways tested neg­a­tive when checked twice a week for the past four months at Villa.

She tweeted: “Ad­dress­ing any news re­ports while I re­main on hol­i­day in Bar­ba­dos. A mis­un­der­stand­ing that has now been fully re­solved. I fol­lowed all the rules com­ing into Bar­ba­dos and ar­rived with a neg­a­tive Covid test re­sult and did an­other test on ar­rival.

“I un­der­stood that I would have to stay at the quar­an­tine ho­tel for a max­i­mum of 8-12 hours and would be in­formed of my re­sult via my con­tact de­tails af­ter I waited 16 hours. The quar­an­tine ho­tel were aware and did not pre­vent me from leav­ing wear­ing a pro­tec­tive mask.

“It was my mis­un­der­stand­ing and hon­est mis­take which the Bar­ba­dos au­thor­i­ties quite clearly un­der­stand, to the ex­tent they re­fused to let me pay a fine which I of­fered for my hon­est mis­take.

“I have tested twice a week for four weeks, all my re­sults neg­a­tive. Which means for over six months and in be­tween my tests I am as re­spect­ful and care­ful of Covid 19 pro­to­cols as any­one.

“I will take se­ri­ous is­sue with any sug­ges­tion oth­er­wise de­spite my apolo­gies for this er­ror.”

Prior to ar­riv­ing in Bar­ba­dos, Aluko over­saw the ar­rival of eight new sign­ings for Villa fol­low­ing the club’s pro­mo­tion to the Women’s Su­per League un­der head coach Gemma Davies. Her club start their league cam­paign at home to Manch­ester City on Sept 9.

Hol­i­day from hell: Eniola Aluko’s sight­see­ing trip in Bar­ba­dos led to a court ap­pear­ance

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