Newcastle United have decided to issue a club statement on Allan Saint-Maximin after being investigated for what he did in Sainsbury’s.
The Magpies were looking at if Allan Saint-Maximin broke quarantine rules as the Premier League clubs were told to enforce a Covid clampdown.
Premier League bosses have written to all 20 clubs with the new rules, making clear sanctions.
Club Statement | Allan Saint-Maximin#NUFC
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 8, 2021
There was concerns that Saint-Maximin, who is still recovering from Covid, could have been in trouble after being pictured with a fan in Sainsbury’s.
The winger was allowed to spend Christmas in France to rest, however the club were unsure if he broke quarantine rules on his return after being snapped at the supermarket on Thursday.
Steve Bruce said Saint-Maximin, 23, has been back in Newcastle “a while” but was unsure if he breached protocols.
Under the revised instructions, clubs were warned they will face action for Covidiocy by their players — such as the breaches by players at Tottenham, West Ham, Fulham, Crystal Palace and Manchester City recently.
Players were recently informed they must not shake hands, hug each other in celebrations or swap shirts after games.
In the email to clubs, League bosses laid down the law for the first time since the summer when the protocols were agreed with the Government.
The League said: “It is vital to ensure public, Government and stakeholder confidence in the training and matchday protocols that individual transgressions by relevant persons are appropriately investigated and sanctioned by clubs.
“Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action by the league individually against the relevant person.”
Newcastle United has issued the following statement following questions from the media on Allan Saint-Maximin:
“Following a request from the media, Newcastle United can confirm that Allan Saint-Maximin did not contravene any UK quarantine rules during a visit to a supermarket in Newcastle on Thursday evening.
“Allan will continue to adhere to all quarantine rules and Covid-19 guidelines and will follow return to training protocols.
“The club considers this matter closed and will not be issuing further comment.”
Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce believes it is “morally wrong” for football to continue as coronavirus cases continue to rise and wreak havoc with the fixture list.
🗣️ “When you are going into football you are still socialising…”
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 9, 2021
One particular non league club have chosen to suspend two of their players for what they did at a service station, according to reports.
The duo, from Oxford City, who sit 8th in the National League South table and a point behind the playoffs, have been removed from the squad for an alleged breach of Covid protocols at a service station.
They will now not be able to take part in their home fixture against 20th place Welling United on Saturday afternoon.
You can read more on that story by clicking HERE.
Fans reacted as Newcastle issue a club statement on Allan Saint-Maximin…
Nothing to do with takeover pic.twitter.com/rzqnSNuUCu
— Geordie Joe (@GJ_1892) January 8, 2021
Don’t do this to me. 2021 has started bad enough as it is. pic.twitter.com/68J6n8C1qu
— Steve Darrah (@ETRSteve) January 8, 2021
@LewisMishner_: I shit my pants
@AdamP1242: Can’t believe there’s a club statement about Saint Maximin’s trip to Sainsbury
@SamSmit04952115: My heart dropped quicker than Sunderland did down the divisions
@ShaunMinto91: Nice that the club had his back disgusting that the media forced the club into making a statement because he went to the supermarket would be different if he held a party
@emil_franchi: No mention of what meal deal he bought. Bad reporting.
@Jarviik: My heart stopped at club statement
@NUFCRyan8: when i tell you my heart dropped
@nufcadam_: i just shat myself
@agbnufc_: First I thought takeover with ‘Club Statement’ Next I thought ASM was gonna be transfer listed for some reason
@alexoliver101: Thought he’d been transfer listed or sold. Dont scare us like that!
@JamNUFC4: If this isn’t a 57 year contract I will be disappointed
@Magpie24_7: You’ve proper done us dirty there like
@jchaytor16: Shit myself then
@gbaznufc: Please dont club statement asm again please
@KierenW6: Don’t ever put fucking club statement again
@elliotcowens_: Had masks on man let the bloke get his fucking shopping in
@ollie_cruse: Jesus Christ man was scared for a minute then
@NUFCjames616: dont do this…. genuinely thought they sold the king
@RiIrving: This has to be a wind up? ‘Club Statement | ASM’ because he went to the fucking supermarket?! The club gets 90% the way to being taken over and there is nothing from the club. But Allan pops to the fucking Co-Op and they release a statement?
@SimeoneEffect: I thought he was leaving lol
@fadanufc111: Anyone else shit themselves a thought he was off
@wigsterr: There’s possibly a context I’m unaware of, but it looks like #nufc have just released a statement saying a player went shopping to a supermarket and didn’t break any rules.
@jackgilhome: Couldn’t give us an update on a takeover that was making waves globally for 3/4 months but they can give a statement about Maxi going to Sainsbury’s, fuck off man
@_jwynny: Imagine being told this time last year that a Premier League football club will have to release a statement about one of their players going shopping