Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley flout lockdown rules and enjoy day of partying in London
Aston Villa duo Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley broke strict coronavirus rules with a day of partying in Mayfair this weekend.
The England team-mates were spotted in a crowded restaurant with other partygoers in breach of the Tier 2 rule, which states “you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place”.
Grealish was celebrating his 27th birthday in London, with witnesses telling The Sun the the pair were downing champagne, vodka and beer at Bagatelle restaurant from around 3pm.
The pair were said to still be drinking into the evening.
A fellow diner is quoted as saying: “You wouldn’t have thought there was a global health pandemic going on. They were arrogantly partying without a care.
“Staff wore masks but Grealish and Barkley didn’t.”
One piece of footage shows Barkley appear to have a row with another man, as well as high-five and hug other revellers.
Grealish can also be seen dancing and sat talking to two women at a table.
Villa’s Premier League clash with Newcastle this weekend has been scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Grealish has flouted lockdown rules before, admitting to careless driving in the first lockdown after defying a ban on non-essential travel.
He said at the time: “I am old enough now and mature enough to know I’d done wrong.”
A spokesperson for Barkley said the player had wholeheartedly apologised for his behaviour and deeply regretted his actions.
An Aston Villa spokesperson said: “Having reviewed footage forwarded to us on Saturday, it appears as though two of our players who live in Tier 2 areas of the country were eating in a restaurant in a tier 2 location on Saturday afternoon during a weekend off. They left the restaurant at 7.45pm.”