Watford players Andre Gray and Domingos Quina have issued an apology for attending a party during lockdown.
Gray, Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah were left out the Hornets’ squad to face Southampton on Sunday after attending a large gathering.
‘It’s gross stupidity’ – Ally McCoist slams Watford stars Andre Gray, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina for attending a party during lockdown
The club said the trio were omitted by Nigel Pearson ‘to ensure the health and safety of all players, staff and officials at today’s game’, with strict safety protocols in place since the Premier League returned in mid-June.
Gray hosted the celebration at his home, which he shares with Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock, to mark his 29th birthday, with Chalobah and Quina visiting.
Watford are investigating the matter, with Pearson declining to comment on whether he plans to publish the players before getting to the bottom of the matter.
On Monday afteroon, Gray said sorry for his role in the incident via his Instagram page.
He wrote@ “I wanted to wait to make public apology as my first apology needed to be to my team mates and staff first for not being able to be involved in yesterday’s game and the risk I may have caused!
“I just want to reiterate that it was not a late night party like what is being portrayed and only a gathering of friends which turned into a sort of football tournament on my birthday!
“I understand my responsibilities and will do what it takes to make it right, apologies again!”
Qunina also issued an apology on social media at the same time as his teammate.
He wrote on his Instagram page: “I want to make a public apology for attending my teammates birthday gathering last week.
“It was a silly mistake to make in putting the health and safety of my family, my teammates and others at risk.
“I am in a privileged position as a professional footballer and I appreciate that comes with the responsibility of making good decisions and acting in the right way.
“Let us all move on in the knowledge that I will be doing all I can, if called upon, to keep us up which is what the Watford fans deserve.”