Benjamin Mendy breaks strict Covid rules by hosting a New Year’s Eve party

Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy has apologised for breaking Covid rules after hosting a party at his house on New Year's Eve.

Mendy admits to allowing a chef and two friends of his partner to attend his property, in breach of government guidelines preventing people from mixing indoors.

Mendy's girlfriend, his niece, and nephew were also allegedly all in attendance at the celebration, but they are part of the Manchester City defender's Cheshire's household.

A neighbour of Mendy told The Sun: "There was a lot of noise coming from the house and you could hear girls shouting and enjoying themselves."

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Cheshire was in "very high alert" Tier 3 at the time, which prevents households from mixing indoors, but has since moved up to Tier 4.

A spokesperson for Mendy told The Sun: "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."

A Manchester City spokesman said: "The club is aware of a New Year's Eve covid-19 breach involving Benjamin Mendy and the subsequent media reporting of it.

"While it is understood that elements of this incident have been misinterpreted in the reports, and that the player has publicly apologised for his error, the club is disappointed to learn of the transgression and will be conducting an internal investigation."

Earlier this week, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reminded his players to observe the coronavirus rules in place.

"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," said Guardiola.

"Follow the scientists and the measures we have to follow, try to follow them."

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