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Monday, September 7, 2020

UEFA Nations League: Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden Sent Home For Breaching COVID-19 Protocol

UEFA Nations League: Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden Sent Home For Breaching COVID-19 Protocol
Phil Foden (left), and Mason Greenwood (right)
England's brightest talents, Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden have been removed from England squad to face Denmark for Tuesday's UEFA Nations League tie after the pair breached coronavirus guidelines.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate confirmed the development after footage emerged on social media appearing to show the young pair with girls in a hotel room on Sunday.

The Manchester United and Manchester City starlets were both omitted from training on Monday and kept away from the rest of the squad as the Football Association investigated the matter.

The FA has now found that they disregarded both quarantine and behavior rules and have axed them from the squad.

England is due to make its way to Denmark from Iceland on Monday afternoon, but the pair will be flown home separately.

It is understood that coronavirus quarantine protocols at the England team hotel were so strict, players were not even allowed to meet their own family members.

But two girls posted photographs of Greenwood, 18, and Foden, 20, on social media, showing them in clear breach of the guidelines set by the FA.

Speaking during a press conference, Southgate said the team spent a long time putting the rules together and the squad has adhered to it until now:

“Unfortunately this morning it was brought to my attention that the two boys have broken the COVID guidelines in terms of our secure bubble – we had to decide they couldn’t have interaction with the rest of the team.

“Given the procedures, we have to follow they will have to travel home separately.

“Nothing has happened in the areas we occupy in the hotel. We are still getting to the depths of all the information because this was only brought to my attention a couple of hours before training, so I’m still getting to grips with the detail.

“What is clear is there is a breach of the Covid-19 guidelines. The whole squad have really followed that to the letter. I’m not going into any more details until I’m aware of everything.

“We’ve spent a long time putting the guidelines in place, and the whole squad have followed that to the letter.

“We’ve had four tests in the period we’ve been together, our staff have done an incredible job of keeping it secure and tight, which was so important both to get the games played and also for the safety and security of our team and staff.

“So in that respect, we have no alternative but to do what we are doing.”

Southgate, who said he is yet to gather all the information surrounding the situation described the young pair as ‘naive’ and said they had both apologized for their conduct.

“I think at the moment I’m trying to take a lot of information in.

“Obviously they have been naive, we have dealt with it appropriately. I recognise their age but the whole world is dealing with this pandemic.

“I’m a father with children, young adults, I know people get things wrong. I’m not excusing that in this instance.

“These are two boys I don’t know particularly well at the moment so can’t speak in great depth. I have got to try and speak with them later in the appropriate way. They have got responsibilities and they have apologized.”

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