Premier League stars ‘are being checked on by police in random visits to their homes to see if they’re sticking to self-isolation rules’ after Champions League and Europa League matches
- Police are said to be observing checks on Premier League players at their homes
- Squads and staff who travel to play games abroad must self-isolate for five days
- The rules affect clubs who are still in the Champions League and Europa League
- No players are understood to have been caught after several scandals last year
Premier League players are facing surprise home visits from police after they return home from matches in Europe in a bid to stop more Covid-19 rule breaches, according to reports.
Squads and staff who travel to take part in Champions League and Europa League matches are required to self-isolate for five days upon return, with officials said to be making spot-checks to ensure that players only leave their houses to train and play in games.
A source at one club told The Sun: ‘The authorities obviously have all the details of those who have travelled on file.
English clubs who are still in the Champions League, such as Man City, face self-isolation rules
Liverpool are also in the quarter-finals of the competition, meaning they have to travel abroad
‘We thought one of the lads was joking when he said the police had visited his home to make sure he was in. But he wasn’t joking.
‘We then heard people from other clubs who had received a visit as well. We’d been told we would be in big trouble if we were caught breaking the self-isolating rules and it is clear they are deadly serious about it.’
Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, who are all through to the quarter-finals of their European competitions, have been told to observe the rules.
The report said that no breaches have been found so far after a string of high-profile incidents involving players last year.
According to reports, English stars returning home from Europe are subject to random checks
That could include visits to the homes of Manchester United players, who beat Milan this week
Tottenham trio Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Sergio Reguilon, whose side were knocked out of the Europa League in dramatic fashion on Thursday, copped a fine after being caught at a prohibited mixed-household party during their Christmas celebrations.
City’s Benjamin Mendy hosted a New Year’s Eve party after an outbreak at the club, and Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic also took part in a New Year group gathering.
The Premier League announced that there had been just two new positive tests from 2,664 carried out among players and staff at clubs last week.
The issue of continuing to travel abroad for games has been contentious during the pandemic, with some fans and pundits voicing fears that journeys abroad could risk increasing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
No players or staff are understood to have been found in breach of the rules relating to safety
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