Everton forward Oumar Niasse has landed himself in hot water after being pulled over by the police for flaunting coronavirus lockdown rules.
Earlier this week the UK government ordered people to stay at home unless they had a "reasonable excuse" to be outside.
These are limited to "shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible; one form of exercise a day such as a run, walk or cycle; medical reasons, to provide care, or to help a vulnerable person and travelling to and from work, but only if it is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home."
According to a report from the Sun, Niasse was stopped by two plain-clothes police officers last night for breaking those rules.
The 29-year-old was driving around Withington, Manchester with a friend and two women without wearing a seatbelt.
The report states that one of the officers told Niasse: "You are bang out of order, a disgrace. As a Premier League footballer you’ve just put everybody here at risk. What are you doing? It’s totally embarrassing."
"It is shocking that Niasse is carrying on regardless", a witness told the publication.
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"We’re not supposed to gather with more than two people in public yet everyone in that car seems to think they can do what they want.
"The officers were suspicious and clearly not happy at what they came across. They shone a torch into Niasse’s face. He was ordered to spell his name.
"There was even apparently a call put in to Everton to let them know what one of their players was up to. The girls left in an Uber. Niasse was given strong words of advice and sent on his way."
Greater Manchester Police said: "At 9.30pm on Wednesday covert officers on routine patrol stopped a vehicle. The driver was reported for failing to wear a seatbelt and obstructing officers."
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