Watford trio Andre Gray, Domingos Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah apologise to boss Nigel Pearson and their team-mates after being dropped for Southampton defeat for breaking lockdown rules at birthday party
- Andre Gray, Domingos Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah did not face Southampton
- The trio were left out by Nigel Pearson after attending a party at Gray’s house
- Footage from the party showed guests not conforming to social distancing rules
- Gray, Quina and Chalobah have apologised to their manager and team-mates
- They face disciplinary action but could still face Chelsea on Saturday evening
Watford trio Andre Gray, Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina have apologised to their team-mates after being stood down from Sunday’s loss against Southampton for attending a lockdown party.
Sportsmail has learned the three players, who were at the training ground today, have said sorry to manager Nigel Pearson and their playing colleagues.
But they are still facing disciplinary action for the events that led to them being omitted from the squad to face the Saints.
Nathaniel Chalobah (left), Domingos Quina (middle) and Andre Gray (right) have apologised to Watford boss Nigel Pearson and their team-mates for breaking lockdown rules on Friday night
Gray’s party saw guests play football in the garden while not following social distancing rules
However, there is hope, provided the players in question pass their next coronavirus tests, they can be available to face Chelsea at the weekend.
Gray, Chalobah and Quina were not included in the 20-man party to face Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side ‘to ensure the health & safety of all players, staff and officials’ after it emerged they attended a party – which was hosted by birthday boy Gray – on Friday night.
Watford have opened an investigation into the matter and Nigel Pearson said after the game: ‘Until I know all the facts I’m not going to make any further comment on that situation.’
Instagram posts on Gray’s Instagram account showed a group of friends playing football in the 29-year-old’s garden. Quina and Chalobah were part of the group.
According to Government guidelines, people in England are only allowed to meet up in groups of six outside with the two-metre social distancing rule in place.
The gathering goes against Premier League protocols which were introduced as part of Project Restart. Players are actively encouraged to remain within their own family groups and avoid unnecessary contact when they are not on the field.
Gray (left) shares the property with his fiancee – Little Mix singer Leigh Anne-Pinnock (right)
Gray shares the Surrey home with his fiancee, Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock.
Following reports of a party, Watford released a statement saying: ‘Watford Football Club is aware of social media posts which suggest two players contravened Government lockdown protocols.
‘The club will investigate fully and speak to the players concerned.’
Gray, Quina and Chalobah are not the only Watford players to find themselves in hot water for breaking lockdown rules.
In a separate incident on Friday, 18-year-old striker Joao Pedro was photographed having a haircut, despite hairdressers being unable to open until July 4.
Back in May, Watford defender Adrian Mariappa tested positive for coronavirus and admitted his ‘surprise’ at the diagnosis.
Watford’s Joao Pedro could be in trouble after a photo showed him having a haircut on Friday
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