Manchester City

Benjamin Mendy accused of second coronavirus lockdown breach

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Mendy has been dubbed a "Covidiot" by the tabloid media
Mendy has been dubbed a "Covidiot" by the tabloid media / Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Benjamin Mendy flouted coronavirus rules in the summer by flying over a woman from Greece to stay in his home, according to reports.

It is the second time that the Manchester City defender has been accused of breaking the rules during the pandemic. On New Years' Eve, the ignored government instructions banning household mixing by hosting a dinner party in his Cheshire home.

Mendy apologised for his behaviour on that occasion and he may be forced into a second beg-pardon, as the Sun has reported that he previously broke the rules in the summer. Apparently, the left-back flew a woman out to his Cheshire home on 29 June, a period in which any UK arrivals were supposed to self-isolate for 14 days or face a fine.

When Marino sent him a screenshot of the measures alongside a sad emoji, Mendy replied: "U stay in my house," adding: "It’s ok they don’t gonna check."

After she arrived, the pair engaged in a 'romp' - whatever that means - with the highlight of her stay said to be their trip to visit the dentist in Leeds.

"I’m not naive and I know what footballers are like but I thought it would be an experience.
He was single so I wasn’t hurting anybody," the woman, named as Claudia Marino, said in the Sun's report.

"We had some drinks and had a laugh. One day he took me to Leeds where he saw his dentist."

She flew back in early July, after which Mendy requested that she delete the video showing the inside of his house.

The incident is the latest in a recent spate of footballing coronavirus breaches. Fulham striker Aleksandr Mitrovic, Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic and several Women's Super League players have all been criticised for trips to Dubai this month.