Sevilla players flout virus lockdown rules

Sports | REUTERS 26 May 2020

La Liga chief Javier Tebas said footballers must remember to act responsibly to stop the spread of Covid-19 after four Sevilla players broke the Spanish government's rules on social gatherings.

Argentine trio Ever Banega, Lucas Ocampos and Franco Vazquez as well as Dutch striker Luuk de Jong were pictured at a party alongside eight other people over the weekend.

The picture, which was posted on Instagram by Banega's wife, also showed a shisha pipe.

"Players are an example to society and should be careful with their actions," Tebas said. "I call on all footballers to not act like this. We have to be very careful because a lot of people's jobs are at stake.

"Safety is guaranteed at training grounds and matches but I'm worried about other places and parties like this."

Sevilla did not state whether the players would face disciplinary action and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

All organized football in Spain was suspended on March 12 due to the pandemic although on Saturday the government said the top two divisions could resume from June 8.

Sevilla's derby match with Real Betis is set to be the first La Liga game to be played when the season resumes next month, with Tebas saying he hopes the match will be played on June 11.

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