MAN City ace Benjamin Mendy hosted a party at his home on New Year’s Eve — just as five teammates were struck down with Covid.
Mendy last night apologised for breaking the Covid rules.
The news will infuriate boss Pep Guardiola who says players are reminded every day about guidelines.
It comes as the Premier League faces a crisis over increasing infections in clubs.
Today’s Burnley v Fulham clash is off because of the rise in cases. And Tottenham Hotspur slammed stars Erik Lamela, Sergio Reguillon and Giovani Lo Celso for also flouting virus rules.
A social media pic showed them with West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, plus families among 18 people — in clear breach of Tier 4 rules on mixing indoors.
West Ham said it was “disappointed” with Lanzini who had been disciplined and “reminded of his responsibilities”.
Separately, Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic and Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic were also snapped together. The clubs opened probes into their players who are Serbia teammates.
Covidiot Mendy went ahead with the rule-breaking New Year’s Eve party despite the virus threatening to curtail the Premier League season.
‘MENDY IS AN IDIOT’
The Man City defender’s bash — three days after his side’s clash with Everton was postponed due to the bug — was attended by at least three people outside his household.
Mendy said he, his girlfriend, his niece and nephew — who all live with him — attended the bash.
But he admitted his girlfriend’s pal and her partner were also there, along with a chef. During the party, Mendy tweeted a message at 11.23pm urging people to take caution. It read: “Happy New Year. Take care of you and yours.”
Pictures taken outside appeared to show three girls leaving at 6am on New Year’s Day. Another trio of local women were seen outside his house at 7.45am.
Some women were spotted carrying gold-coloured balloons like one seen in the player’s £5million pad.
Mendy insisted he did not let them into his home.
One local said of the celebrations at Mendy’s home: “There was a lot of noise coming from the house and you could hear girls shouting and enjoying themselves.
“At midnight, there was an absolutely massive firework display. It must have cost a fortune and it went on for at least ten minutes.
“The partying clearly carried on until the early hours. Mendy is an idiot for breaking the rules so blatantly.”
Mendy had previously come under fire for holding a party at his home in October which broke the Rule of Six. The player admitted his New Year’s Eve shindig breached Covid rules because he invited three people from outside his household.
He also claimed a man and some women turned up uninvited to his home in Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire, but were turned away.
He has reported this breach to the club but it was unclear if it was done before or after we approached the club over the story. A club spokesman confirmed last night it was looking into the Covid breach.
Mendy’s rule breach came as it emerged he also sent a video to a modelling agent begging him to send “girls” from London to visit him in Cheshire.
Mendy, 26, sent the Instagram message on Boxing Day — the day after two team-mates had tested positive for Covid — asking for the beauties to be flown up to him. Footage obtained by The Sun on Sunday shows the £52million star, with his mask hanging below his nose, making the recording at City’s training complex.
In it, Mendy, who is wearing a club training top, tells the agent: “You good bro. You know with all the girls — you have some I want.”
Going behind his girlfriend’s back, the £90,000-a-week player adds: “But I’m scared because my girl is from London and she knows too much girl to know something and say.”
Mendy declared he wanted a “big bum Latina” in one message to the agent.
He also said: “Show me some (girls) if I tell u 2/3 days before they can come.”
There is no suggestion the agent sent any girls to Mendy. He recorded his plea just hours after City players, Kyle Walker, 30, and Gabriel Jesus, 23, tested positive. City’s clash with Everton was axed two days later.
During the filming, a replay commentary of City’s Boxing Day win over Newcastle appears to be playing in the background.
In it, the commentator mentions absent striker Jesus, saying: “Gabriel Jesus would have scored by now in the game on Tuesday.” Jesus had netted in the third minute of the club’s League Cup win at Arsenal on Tuesday, December 22.
The model agency boss said: “I was stunned when he sent me this. It shows a complete disregard for his and other people’s safety.
“He must know about the dangers from being a top player at a top club and it’s shocking that football is taking so many precautions and he is acting like this.
“He had contacted me before asking about girls, and wanted them to fly up from London to Manchester and stay with him. I was not that surprised by him going behind his girl’s back as that’s what footballers do, but was shocked by him not worrying about Covid.”
Mendy, who joined City from Monaco in 2017, made his request when London and the South East were in “stay at home” Tier 4 measures.
Manchester and Cheshire were in “very high alert” Tier 3 at the time but have since moved up a tier. Both tiers bar people meeting people from other households indoors.
The bash ended just hours before the club manager Pep said in a press conference that City reminded players daily to follow guidelines.
He said: “We spoke every day to the players — be careful, stay at home, don’t be in contact other people and do what you have to do.
“Follow the scientists and the measures we have to follow, try to follow them.”
City closed their training ground for a deep clean after confirming five positive Covid cases, including Walker and Jesus. It has since reopened.
Mendy had previously used social media in a bid to help curb the spread of the virus.
In May, he posted a picture of himself and other City players including Kevin de Bruyne, 29, and Riyad Mahrez, also 29, as they trained while keeping to social distancing recommendations. He captioned it: “Safety first.”
In the same month in an interview published on the club’s website, Muslim Mendy said he used lockdown to focus on his religion and the holy month of Ramadan.
He added: “I have tried to develop myself and learn every day. First of all, I was just working out and training, but then I wanted to learn new stuff as well so I started painting and I like it now. I know that this is a difficult moment, but it is going to be better.”
On March 12, before the first national lockdown, it was announced Mendy was self-isolating after a family member was admitted to hospital displaying Covid symptoms.
Covid expert Doctor Bharat Pankhania, senior lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical school, said: “Human contact is what is driving this infectious disease.
Mendy is a French professional footballer who plays as a left back
“It is important that celebrities, like everybody else in society, limits contact.
“That is the most important thing, especially at a time when we have a new strain of the virus. Thankfully, the new strain does not appear to cause more severe infections.
“But it does appear to be more infectious and transfer more easily. If you look at graphs of infection, infections start in the young and are transferred upwards to people in their 30s and 40s and then ultimately to 60 to 80 year-olds who are more at risk.
“If you have more cases, more people will be in hospital, and some of them will die. But there is no guarantee that, just because you are young and fit, that you will fight off the virus.
“Some young people do succumb to this virus. But they also act as conduits and pass it on.
“Celebrities, like everyone, need to set an example.”
A spokesperson for Benjamin Mendy said “Benjamin and his partner allowed a chef and two friends of his partner to attend his property for a dinner party on New Years Eve. Ben accepts that this is a breach of COVID-19 protocols and is sorry for his actions in this matter.
“Ben has had a Covid test and is liaising with Manchester City about this.”
Man City said in a statement they were “disappointed to learn of the transgression and will be conducting an internal investigation.”
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By: Sean Gallen
Title: Man City player Benjamin Mendy broke Covid rules by hosting New Year’s Eve party
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Published Date: Sun, 03 Jan 2021 12:39:00 +0000