Serbian Govt To Press Charges As Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic Breaks Coronavirus Quarantine

The Serbian government could press charges against the country's star player Luka Jovic for breaking his mandatory 28-day coronavirus quarantine, state Tanjug news agency said.

“The prosecutor's office in Belgrade confirmed to Tanjug that it has instructed the police to press charges against soccer player Luka Jovic for breaching self-isolation measures after arriving in Serbia from Spain,” the agency said.

“Jovic breached the self-isolation when he left his apartment in the Belgrade suburb of Vracar and his excuse was that he went to a pharmacy to buy medicaments.

“If he breaches the quarantine again, he faces harsher measures and possibly arrest. The law applies to everyone and the authorities will not discriminate regardless of what one does for a living.”

Serbia's president Aleksandar Vucic had declared a state of emergency on Sunday to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the Balkan nation.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, the Real Madrid striker was “seen on the streets of the capital, celebrating the birthday of his girlfriend”.

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The 22-year-old Jovic tried to explain his actions by posting a message on social media, stating he was not given complete information about the lockdown.

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