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Three Leicester City players dropped for West Ham defeat after attending party


James Maddison was one of three Leicester City players who broke Covid-19 regulations (AP)

James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury were dropped by Brendan Rodgers for Leicester City’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham after they attended a party last weekend.

The trio were not included in Leicester’s matchday squad for their trip to West Ham after they breached Covid-19 regulations by attending a gathering following the defeat to Manchester City last Saturday.

Maddison, Choudhury and Perez, who hosted the party, have not been fined by Leicester and will be available for their side’s FA Cup semi-final against Southampton next Sunday.

A statement from Leicester read: ‘The club has made its expectations around adherence to COVID-19 protocols abundantly clear to all its personnel.

‘It is extremely disappointing, therefore, to learn of a breach that had the potential to undermine the efforts of club staff to protect the environments in which our teams train and play.

‘Appropriate measures have been taken to prevent our team bubbles being compromised.

Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury were also dropped after attending a party (Getty)

‘We wholly expect our people to behave in a way that reflects the national effort and the sacrifices made by our communities to control the spread of the virus.

‘Those involved have apologised for their poor judgement. Our response to the matter will be concluded internally.’

Speaking after Leicester’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham on Sunday, Rodgers said: ‘It was a decision I made, an internal situation last weekend, It is not the standard we expect.

‘They are all good guys, good lads, but we have a standard on and off the pitch that we have to adhere to.

‘The boys will rejoin the group after this game. It’s internal, it’s something we have dealt with. The boys, it’s disappointing behaviour, it’s a mistake. It’s not what we are about.

‘We have a set of values for the team, for this football club The players in the main have been great but they will rejoin the group next week.’

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