Fans have taken to social media to demand that Watford release a player of theirs for breaking lockdown rules a second time.
Hornets player Andre Gray has apologised for holding a coronavirus poker party with friends when his Little Mix girlfriend was away – months after previously flouting lockdown rules.
According to reports, the illegal gambling session was held at the £5million Surrey mansion he shares with fiancé Leigh-Anne Pinnock. Yet right now there is an England-wide ban on households mixing.
Video footage obtained by The Sun shows Gray behind a drinks bar at his home while friends sat around playing poker on Saturday night.
Earlier in day, he’d been injured in the 4-1 win over Preston in the second tier, putting them 3rd in the Championship table.
Gray, who pockets £50,000 a week, had six mates over for the party despite the country currently enduring another coronavirus lockdown with tougher laws right now.
A source said on the Watford player breaking lockdown rules again: “He was well aware that you’re not allowed friends round for a social in light of what’s going on – but he did it anyway.
“Leigh-Anne was away working with Little Mix so he thought it would be a good idea to get the boys round for a gambling session.
“It stinks of arrogance when you think of what the rest of the country is having to go through.”
It is the second time that the Watford footballer has broken coronavirus rules in just a matter of a few months.
Gray was slammed by then-boss Nigel Pearson in June after holding a birthday do at his property.
He was axed from the squad to avoid the risk of potentially catching and spreading Covid-19 to team-mates.
He was also forced to make a big apology to his gaffer and colleagues.
It is expected he will be forced out the squad for a second time in light of his latest breach with Watford set to take on Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Wednesday.
Perhaps he thought he’d celebration making his 100th appearance in a Watford shirt.
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2020
After getting caught for a second time, Gray told The Sun: “On Saturday evening I hosted a small gathering at my home.
“In hindsight, it was incredibly naïve to do so and is deeply regrettable.
“I would like to wholeheartedly apologise.”
Fans demand that Watford release the player for breaking lockdown rules a second time, see what they said below…
I genuinely hope @WatfordFC release @AndreGray. He clearly doesn’t give a fuck about the club, staff, or his teammates health. Twice he’s broken lockdown rules, and just says sorry. Get him out of the club! #watfordfc
— Gregg Anscomb (@GAnscomb) November 30, 2020
— Si Parris (@jessaroo12) November 30, 2020
That’s the problem… clearly .
— john parslow🗯 (@hornetboy84) December 1, 2020
‘Friends’ that sell a story for some Christmas money? Either needs new friends or his agent has planned this to get contract cancelled. Only way he could get a move is on a free now. Beyond clueless and useless.
— Box Clever (@Markcomber4) December 1, 2020
Think he’s apologising because he got caught Adam, not because he did it.
— Geoff Fensom (@Fenny_61) December 1, 2020
We’ve already got players who have tested positive for COVID. What on earth does Gray think he is doing!
— Carol Humphreys (@seizpol) December 1, 2020
Becoming increasingly hard to back him as the weeks go by
— Sean (@Seanslatt3ry) November 30, 2020
Can we cancel his contract? I hope so.
— Mark E (@markje) December 1, 2020
We should get rid of him.
— Mark Annis (@markanni5) December 1, 2020
— Lee Jackson (@LeeJackson_1) November 30, 2020
Problem for the club is Gray is clearly a popular member of the squad. I would let him leave for free in the January window and save on the salary.
— Nick DA (@gwr_nick) November 30, 2020
Get him out he’s woeful
— Tom Morgan (@Englandsn1) December 1, 2020
It comes three weeks after two Chelsea players managed to break lockdown rules also for a second time this year, by having a night out in London.
Callum Hudson-Odoi allegedly breached strict coronavirus guidelines along with teammate Fikayo Tomori as they mixed with others not from their household, according to reports.
The 20-year-old winger has previously “flouted” lockdown restrictions in May after sneaking a model that he had met online into his apartment.
Hudson-Odoi, who tested positive for Covid-19 in March, allegedly broke the rules for the second time as he ate out with friends including 22-year-old Tomori at a restaurant in Mayfair, The Daily Star reports.
It is alleged that they breached coronavirus guidelines for the gathering in October – a week before England was plunged into a four-week national shutdown.
However, at the time, London had been placed under tier two coronavirus restrictions which meant that people were not allowed to mix with other households indoors.
Hudson-Odoi can be seen filming Tomori dancing in his seat during the night out, according to reports.
A source close to the player told the Daily Star: “The club will no doubt be furious.
“This is really not on, especially given that Callum has had coronavirus himself so he should be taking the rules more seriously.
“The rest of the country was doing their bit and meeting friends and family that they don’t live with outside. It’s infuriating they think they’re above the law.”
Hudson-Odoi and Tomori are then joined by another person inside the venue.
Hudson-Odoi, recording the footage, sings after zooming in on Tomori, who dances in his seat as loud music plays in the background.
The clip had tagged Tomori tagged in the post, which was captioned “my guy”.
He then laughs at his teammate and asks him for his PIN number as a waiter stands by expecting them to pay the bill.
A Chelsea source told The Daily Star that the club had “spoken” to the players about their off-field behaviour.