Leicester City players ‘fuming at James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury’ about their match in lockdown as rule breakers prepare for an icy return to training after ‘hiding in the dark when Brendan Rodgers caught them’
- Maddison, Perez and Choudhury will be back in first team training in Leicester
- The trio was locked out from West Ham this month for violating Covid-19 rules
- Brendan Rodgers was upset after they attended a £ 1.3million party at Perez’s house
- Their teammates would be furious after breaking rules at a crucial time
- Leicester’s four highest hopes hang by a thread after consecutive defeats
Leicester trio James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury will all return to practice on Wednesday, but their teammates would be furious with them for breaking Covid-19 rules.
The trio all stayed out of Sunday’s defeat at West Ham, with Brendan Rodgers angered after attending a party at the Spanish forward’s home after losing to Manchester City earlier this month.
Rodgers accused his players of disrespecting British citizens during a national lockdown, effectively banning them from training last week after learning of the violation.
Hamza Choudhury (left), James Maddison and Ayoze Perez (third left and second right) will all return to Leicester practice on Wednesday after breaking Covid rules.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers left shamed trio out of Premier League clash at West Ham
Maddison (pictured) and his teammates reportedly hid ‘in the dark’ after being caught by their manager at a lockdown flouting party
But the former Liverpool boss chose not to fine them and they are available for selection in the FA Cup semi-final against Southampton on Sunday.
According to The Telegraph, the trio may return to first-team practice on Wednesday as Leicester builds up to this weekend’s trip to Wembley.
However, it is claimed that some Leicester players were ‘fuming’ with their teammates and could get an icy reception during practice.
The squad were reportedly most frustrated by the timing of the incident when Leicester attempted to return to the Champions League, just 12 months after wasting a top four position in the Premier League.
Sportsmail understands that the three players were tested very soon after the breach was discovered, and were allowed to return to the training ground when they returned negative results but did not re-participate in training.
Over the weekend, rumors surfaced on social media that several Leicester players have broken coronavirus rules in the UK by attending a house party indoors.
Reports in The Sun claimed the players were ‘hiding in the dark’ after being caught at a lockdown flouting party by Rodgers.
Rodgers found that they were breaking the Covid-19 rules by attending a house party at Perez’s house with about 18 other guests, £ 1.3 million.
The manager is said to have urged them to leave the party – but the players decided to tell the partygoers to “ hide ” before turning off the lights to make it look like no one was home.
Perez (left) hosted the house party – and after police visited the property, half of the guests decided to take a taxi to Choudhury’s house (right) in Nottingham
Police had visited Perez’s home in Leicester last Sunday at around 12:20 p.m., but took no action after the property was found in the dark.
But then half of the guests decided to take a taxi at 1am to Choudhury’s house in Nottingham, which is 50 kilometers away, to continue their lockdown flouting party.
After the defeat at West Ham that broke open the Champions League race, Rodgers said: “Personally, I was bitterly disappointed.
‘This is something bigger than football. You have to respect what the nation is going through and we have to respect what our values are within our club.
“It would have been easy to have them here [for the game] but we are not going to deal with that.
Rodgers found that Maddison, Perez and Choudhury all ignored Covid-19’s lockdown rules by attending a house party at the Spaniard’s home with about 18 guests.
‘My goal in coming to Leicester was to create a standard on and off the field and this was well below what we expect, especially at a time of the season when we are challenging.
‘The timing is not ideal, but I felt that strong. I decided not to [fine them]Punishment missed the game.
‘They knew what the result was and now we are drawing a line. They are rejoining the squad and we are preparing for next weekend. ‘
A statement from Leicester said: ‘The club has made its expectations of compliance with the Covid-19 protocols abundantly clear to all its staff.
“It is therefore extremely disappointing to learn that there is a violation that had the potential to undermine the club staff’s efforts to protect the environments in which our teams train and play.”