By inviting Icelandic women into their hotel rooms, two English national team members broke quarantine rules in Iceland. Players Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden were in the country with the English men’s national football team to play a match against Iceland this past weekend. Snapchat stories show the two broke “working quarantine” rules that apply to visiting athletes.
Martyn Ziegler of UK paper The Times reports that the two did not travel home with the rest of the squad after the Iceland match. England’s national football team manager Gareth Southgate stated the two players have apologised and said “nothing happened” in the areas the team occupied in the Reykjavík hotel.
Athletes visiting Iceland from abroad for the purpose of matches or competitions are not required to undergo double testing and five-day quarantine that applies to most travellers. They are instead subject to strict “working quarantine” guidelines that prohibit most activities outside of their work.
Greenwood and Foden were not at practice this morning, as they must remain isolated from their team members.
At a COVID-19 briefing in Reykjavík today, Rögnvaldur Ólafsson, Assistant to the Chief Superintendent was asked whether the two players would be fined for the violation. Rögnvaldur stated that Capital Area Police were investigating the incident and the case was nearly closed.
This story will continue to be updated.