Sevilla players Lucas Ocampos, Franco Vazquez, Luuk de Jong and Ever Banega have apologized after violating quarantine laws. These laws are ironically intended to get Spain to resume professional football again, as soon as possible.
The players have written on social media that they are remorseful about the mistake.
“I’d like to apologize about what happened yesterday.” said Banega. “It was a relatives and friends meeting but unconsciously we weren’t right. We want to ask forgiveness from our club, our fans and society for this. This isn’t going to happen again. What we want is to go back to practicing as soon as possible.”
De Jong stated: “I would like to say apologies to anyone who has been upset because of what occurred yesterday. That won’t be repeated. We just want to go back to play.”
Vazquez said: “We recognize that it was a mistake with regard to what happened yesterday and we want to apologize. We let everybody down: team-mates, coaching staff, the club and La Liga, but we learned our lesson. We’re not going to do it again and we expect the football will come back soon.”
Ocampos posted on Instagram, echoing all their words: “I want to ask forgiveness and I acknowledge we have made a mistake, hurting the club’s image. We apologize to the club, all our team-mates, the technical staff and society at large for this. We promise we have learned our lesson and are not going to repeat it again.”
It was Banega’s wife who posted pictures of a Saturday party on her social network. The pictures depicted the four players at the party, but then were deleted.
Policy controls have restricted gatherings in homes to 10 or fewer participants, but the pictures show a group of more than that present number.
In fact, the La Liga policy advises that players leave their homes only to train and for important purposes.
So, for these four players to leave their homes for just a party and gather in large numbers was rather irresponsible.