Luka Jovic ‘faces six months in prison in Serbia’ for travelling home when he should have been in coronavirus quarantine with Real Madrid
- Luka Jovic is facing six months in prison in Serbia for breaking coronavirus rules
- The striker travelled home when he should have been in quarantine with his club
- Real Madrid told their players to self isolate following the outbreak in March
- But the LaLiga side said Jovic had special permission to travel home to Serbia
Real Madrid star Luka Jovic is reportedly facing a six-month prison sentence after breaking Serbia’s Covid-19 protocols.
Real Madrid told their players to self isolate following the outbreak of the virus in March but Jovic broke their quarantine in order to travel back home to be with his family in Serbia.
The striker was heavily criticised in his come country at the time and according to Serbian agency Tanjug, as reported by Marca, he is being prosecuted for breaking the rules and faces up to six months in prison.
Luka Jovic is reportedly facing six months in prison after breaking Serbia’s Covid-19 protocols
The Serbian prosecutor’s office claim that Jovic did not comply with the required health protocols upon his arrival in the country.
According to RTS, Jovic had to pay a fine of £27,000 which may help soften the punishment imposed.
Real said at the time the striker had special permission to fly home for medical reasons. All Real staff had been sent home after the club’s Basketball player Trey Thompkins tested positive.
The striker decided to travel home in March despite Real Madrid players being in quaratine
Jovic was among a number of Serbian players 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 Serbian prime minister Ana Brnabic criticised those who decided to return home
‘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 the club in a £58million deal in 2019.
After scoring 17 goals in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2018-2019 campaign, Jovic managed just two goals in the whole of last season.
Jovic has had a difficult time since joining Real with just two goals in his first season at the club
Real boss Zinedine Zidane has recently insisted that the forward still has a future at the club
He failed to secure a move away from the club in the summer despite Manchester United being linked with a loan deal.
Zidane recently insisted that the striker has a future at the Bernabeu after Real outcast Borja Mayoral, who is currently on loan at Roma, claimed the manager wanted to offload the 22-year-old in the summer.
Zidane said: ‘Jovic is a Real Madrid player. I want Jovic here.
‘Lots of people can have their opinion, they are entitled to their opinion. We have to live with that. But Jovic is a Real Madrid player.’
The forward has made four appearances this season but has not managed to find the back of the net.