Manchester City expressed “disappointment” after Benjamin Mendy, in violation of Covid 19 prohibitions, admitted hosting friends at his home on New Year’s Eve. After a story in The Sun, City said they would conduct an internal investigation, Mendy said he allowed his partner’s chef and two friends to visit his Cheshire home, despite laws banning people from mixing in the house from separate households.
The club is aware of a violation of New Year’s Eve regulations involving Benjamin Mendy and the subsequent media coverage of it. Happy New Year will take care of you and yours. -Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) December 31, 2020 “The club is aware of a breach of New Year’s Eve regulations involving Benjamin Mendy and the subsequent media coverage of it.Happy New Year take care of you and yours. – Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) December 31, 2020 ” “A spokesman for Mendy did not deny the allegations in a statement to The Sun. “Benjamin and his partner allowed a chef and two of his partner’s friends to visit his property on New Year’s Eve for a dinner party,” a statement said. “Ben acknowledges that this is a violation of the protocols of Covid 19 and apologizes for his conduct in this matter. Ben has undergone testing with Covid and has been in contact with Manchester City on this issue. “Following a Premier League board meeting, Man City’s match at Everton, which was scheduled to take place at 20:00 GMT tonight, was postponedFull statement: https://t.co/1acm2JUr69#EVEMCI pic. twitter.com/IoFWEPdkC2- Premier League (@premierleague) December 28, 2020A decimated City included Mendy among the replacements for Sunday’s match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Second, Benjamin had Covid already, and he had it in the past. As all the other guys, he was checked every day and he was negative. He believed, or he said, that his nephew, his mother, and his doctor, his girlfriend’s friend, were also negative. He knows what he has done and in the future he’ll remember.”He knows what he did and he will learn in the future.” SUBS | Carson, Aguero, Mendy, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Delap, Harwood-Bellis, Mbete. XI | Steffen, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne (C), Foden, Bernardo, Sterling. @HaysWorldwide #ManCity | https://t.co/axa0klD5re pic.twitter.com/6PyFzdfCjl- Manchester City (@ManCity) January 3, 2021After the virus exploded in recent days, City had to do without many Stamford Bridge matches, including goalkeeper Ederson. The away game against Everton on December 28 was postponed shortly after the number of players affected increased to five, and it was announced ahead of Sunday’s game that defender Eric Garcia and a staff member have now both tested positive. “Both members of staff will now observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK government quarantine protocol,” a statement said. On Sunday, Manchester City announced that defender Eric Garcia had tested positive for Covid-19 (Martin Rickett/PA) Photos emerged on Saturday showing Tottenham trio Erik Lamela, Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso attending a large house party over the Christmas holidays in London – a direct breach of regulations. A statement by Spurs said that the club “strongly condemns” the actions of the players who attended a large house party in London over the Christmas holidays.