Olympiacos players face fines for partying during lockdown

ATHENS, GREECE (AP) – Greek football club Olympiacos will fine three of its players for attending a hotel party in defiance of a nationwide lockdown, the team said on Monday.

The club said Ruben Semedo, Lazar Randelovic and Bruno Felipe would be “fined the maximum amount” allowed under Olympiacos’ regulations and that the money would be donated to the state-run health service.

The players, the club said, were among about 30 people who attended a private party at a central Athens hotel on Sunday night, in violation of a three-week lockdown that was launched on Saturday and imposes strong restrictions on movement and bans public gatherings.

Police said a 24-year-old woman was arrested for organising the event. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said the party was an example of “irresponsible behaviour” that was being targetted by police as the country continues to see a surge in coronavirus cases.

Olympiacos did not immediately disclose how much the players would be fined, while it remained unclear whether the incident would affect their match participation.

The club will host Manchester City in the Champions League on November 25.

Olympiacos’ Lazar Randelovic duels for the ball with Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko during the Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Olympiacos at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England. PHOTO: AP