A Premier League footballer allegedly slept with his wife's sister after boredom from coronavirus isolation took over.
The unnamed star is alleged to have got ‘wrecked' in an attempt to cope with the general lack of direction in his life after sport was cancelled by the virus.
The virus has forced many Premier League squads into self-isolation after Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
And psychologist Steve Pope has revealed that the impact on the mental health of footballers is causing huge problems which clubs may not have accounted for once the virus began it's spread across the globe.
“Premier League players have so much money, on the face of it, they should have no concerns. But they desperately miss the celebrity aspect of performing and turn to other things, usually bad for them or destructive,” Pope wrote in The Sun.
“One player phoned the other day to say, ‘I got wrecked and ended up sleeping with my wife’s sister’.
“Many players are mentally lazy. They are told when to train, what to eat, where to turn up, how to play.
“The ones I have spoken to are suffering from stress and anxiety, moving already towards depression.
“Some are devastated by not knowing when they’ll be able to not only play again but train with their mates.
“Those from lower league clubs are desperately worried about their future.
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“They are like, ‘I’m in the last season of my contract, I’m 33, I was playing for a new one. Now if the season doesn’t finish, how can I prove myself? How do I earn money?”
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