Sat. Jun 19th, 2021

An apologetic Mason Greenwood insists he has learned a lesson after a breach of coronavirus regulations resulted in him being sent home from England duty.

The 18-year-old United striker and Manchester City’s Phil Foden, 20, were both removed from Gareth Southgate’s squad ahead of the Nations League match against Denmark. That’s after allegations emerged in the Icelandic media that the pair had spent time with two girls during the trip to Reykjavik. Both players had made their senior debuts in a 1-0 win over the hosts on Saturday.

Southgate said it was a “very serious” breach of their bio-bubble in Copenhagen and the Football Association has launched a full investigation.

Greenwood apologised for his behaviour on United’s website.

It read: “Having had chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologise for the embarrassment I have caused.

“It was irresponsible of me to break the Covid-19 protocols. These are in place to protect players, staff and the public.

“In particular, I want to apologise to Gareth Southgate for letting him down. Especially when he had shown great trust in me.

“Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life and I only have myself to blame. It is a huge mistake.

“I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England this is a lesson I will learn from.”

 

Further statements issued

 

On Monday United released a statement of their own. It read: “We are liaising with the FA and are disappointed with the actions of Mason Greenwood over this situation.”

Foden also apologised on Monday, with Manchester City describing his actions as “totally inappropriate”.

 

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