La Liga chief Javier Tebas issued a stern to footballers after four Sevilla players broke the Spanish government’s rules on social gatherings.
Argentine trio Ever Banega, Lucas Ocampos and Franco Vazquez together with Dutch striker Luuk de Jong were pictured at a party alongside eight other people over the weekend.
Tebas said on Sunday that footballers must remember to act responsibly to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Players are an example to society and should be careful with their actions,” Tebas told television network Movistar.
“I call on all footballers to not act like this. We have to be very careful because a lot of people’s jobs are at stake.
“Safety is guaranteed at training grounds and matches but I’m worried about other places and parties like this. We should all be very cautious,” he added.
Spaid had imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe after they reported a high number of coronavirus infections and deaths. However, the Spanish government has eased the confinement measures as its coronavirus infection rate has slowed and the death toll has declined, although gatherings of more than 10 people are still not permitted by the guidelines.
The party picture was posted by Banega's wife on Instagram and also showed a shisha pipe.
Sevilla posted the players' apology statements on its official Twitter account though the club did not state whether the players would face disciplinary action.
Football activities in Spain remain suspended since March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic although on Saturday the government said the top two divisions could resume from June 8.