Jovic 'AVOIDS jail sentence in Serbia for breaking coronavirus rules'

Luka Jovic ‘AVOIDS jail sentence in Serbia for breaking coronavirus rules to attend party in Belgrade when he was due to be self-isolating’… with Real Madrid striker ‘instead handed £27,000 fine’

  • Luka Jovic has reportedly avoided a jail sentence back in his native Serbia
  • He was given special dispensation by Real Madrid to travel during lockdown
  • Jovic was alleged to have breached restrictions by going to a party in Belgrade
  • Reports in Spain have stated the striker will instead pay a fine worth £27,000 

Luka Jovic will pay a €30,000 (£27,000) fine having avoided a jail sentence in Serbia for breaching coronavirus rules, according to reports in Spain. 

Real Madrid told their players to self isolate following the outbreak of the virus in March but Jovic was alleged to have broken quarantine in order to travel back to celebrate his girlfriend’s birthday.

There was a backlash given he was due to be isolating but talk of a six-month jail term appears to have been premature as Cadena Cope report he has been handed a fine for his breach.  

Luka Jovic has reportedly avoided a prison sentence back in Serbia over an alleged breach of coronavirus restrictions having returned to his homeland at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic

Serbian newspapers criticised the forward, explaining that he had celebrated his girlfriend’s birthday on the streets of the capital city.

Blic wrote: ‘Instead of self-isolating, he enjoyed himself all over Belgrade,’ while Informer said: ‘Luka did something very stupid. He left quarantine in Madrid, with the club and, despite all the warnings, returned to Serbia.’

The Serbian prosecutor’s office claim that Jovic did not comply with the required health protocols upon his arrival in the country. But it appears that the punishment has now been scaled back and a fine has reportedly settled the case. 

Real Madrid provided Jovic with special dispensation to return to his homeland following the coronavirus outbreak. 

Jovic has had a difficult time since joining Real with just two goals in his first season at the club

The Serbian prime minister Ana Brnabic criticised those who decided to return home

Jovic was among a number of Serbs playing abroad who was criticised by the country’s politicians for returning to the country during the height of the pandemic.

The Serbian prime minister Ana Brnabic said: ‘We have the negative example of our football stars who earn millions and have ignored the obligation to self-isolate so they can return home.’

The Serbian government had called for nationals working abroad not to return from countries with a high infection rate. At the time, Spain had the fourth-highest death rate.

Jovic issued an apology but also defended himself in response to the comments, saying: ‘On arrival back in Serbia they tested me and I was negative. 

‘It’s a shame others were not professional in their work and did not give me concrete instructions on how I should behave during isolation.

The striker has reportedly paid a £27,000 fine and will now avoid facing a jail sentence

‘I ask forgiveness from everyone if in some way I have put anyone in danger. I hope together we can all get over this. Serbia has my complete support, we will beat this together.’

The striker has had a tough time at Real since joining in a £58million deal in 2019. 

After scoring 17 goals in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2018-19 campaign, Jovic managed just two goals in the whole of last season.

Things have not improved so far this season with the Serbian striker without a goal from five appearances thus far.  

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