Manchester City

Benjamin Mendy admits breaking coronavirus rules with New Year's Eve party

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Mendy has been dubbed a 'Covidiot' by the tabloid press
Mendy has been dubbed a 'Covidiot' by the tabloid press / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Benjamin Mendy has admitted he broke coronavirus rules by hosting a New Year's Eve dinner party with people outside of his household.

The breach came just days after Manchester City's game against Everton was postponed hours before kick off due to a outbreak of the virus in the City camp.

As per UK government regulations, household mixing was banned on New Year's Eve across the country. Mendy broke these rules, inviting people from three separate households into his Cheshire home.

Mendy has struggled with injuries since moving to City
Mendy has struggled with injuries since moving to City / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Mendy's spokesperson told The Sun: "Benjamin and his partner allowed a chef and two friends of his partner to attend his property for a dinner party on New Year's Eve.

"Ben accepts that this is a breach of Covid-19 protocols and is sorry for his actions in this matter. Ben has had a Covid test and is liaising with Manchester City about this."

City added a statement of their own, which read: "The club is aware of a New Year’s Eve Covid-19 breach involving Benjamin Mendy and the subsequent media reporting of it. While it is understood that elements of this incident have been misinterpreted in the reports, and that the player has publicly apologised for his error, the club is disappointed to learn of the transgression and will be conducting an internal investigation."

This is the latest case of Premier League footballers ignoring lockdown rules. Earlier this week, Giovani Lo Celso, Sergio Reguilon and Erik Lamela, as well as West Ham's Manuel Lanzini were discovered to have spent Christmas together. Serbia teammates Aleksandar Mitrovic and Luka Milivojevic also broke the rules by attending a New Year's party.

Due a rapid rise in coronavirus cases, the idea of a implementing a two week circuit breaker has been tabled. The idea has been backed by Sam Allardyce but has faced criticism from Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.