Chelsea young gun Mason Mount will face some questions from manager Frank Lampard after he was caught out of self-isolation playing football with friend and West Ham player Declan Rice.
The $40 million star was in isolation after Blues players and staff were ordered to self-isolate for 14 days after winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for Covid-19 on March 12.
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However, Mount was pictured playing football at Trent Park Football Centre in Barnet on Sunday along with West Ham midfielder Rice – a childhood friend of Mount’s.
Chelsea’s players had been told to avoid public spaces and meeting with friends, as advised by health authorities.
Current guidelines from the UK Government state that anyone displaying symptoms of the coronavirus, however mild, should remain at home for seven days from when the symptoms began.
Not all fans were impressed with Mount’s actions since he is a role model for many children.
Mirror | Mason Mount had been told to self-isolate by his club following Callum Hudson-Odoi's positive test, but instead joined close pal Declan Rice for a kickabout on Sunday. #CFC pic.twitter.com/aohXSGGAqz— The Blues (@TheBlues___) March 15, 2020
New: @ChelseaFC star @masonmount_10 will be reminded of his responsibilities after breaking his self-isolation, @PA reports.— Alan McGuinness (@Alan_McGuinness) March 16, 2020
He was spotted playing football with West Ham’s Declan Rice in London on Saturday.
Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi recently rested positive for COVID-19.
@masonmount_10 disappointing. Irresponsible. Kids look up to you as an idol.🤦🏼♂️— ll3WW T (@LewisThorpe9) March 16, 2020
Apart from the safety aspect of the virus....what if one of them got injured in this kickabout?....bit irresponsible.— Leaver of Lisburn (@LeaverOf) March 16, 2020
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Rice was not subject to self-isolation precautions as there have been no reported cases of players or staff having tested positive for coronavirus at West Ham.
Hudson-Odoi, 19, was the first Premier League footballer to test positive for coronavirus, and revealed on Friday that he was feeling well after recovering from his symptoms.
“Hi guys, as you may be aware I had the virus for the last couple of days, which I've recovered from,” he said in a video on social media.
All elite soccer matches in England, including the Premier League, have been suspended until April 4 due to the pandemic.
The English Football League, which oversees all professional tiers of English soccer below the top-flight, had announced the suspension of all football activity earlier in the day.
The Football Association said the professional game in England would be postponed until April 3 at the earliest.
England's upcoming friendly internationals against Italy and Denmark at Wembley on March 27 and 31, respectively, will not take place, the FA said in a statement.
Meanwhile, all matches in UEFA competitions, including the Champions League and Europa League, will not take place next week due to the virus, the governing body announced.