England and Manchester United striker, Mason Greenwood has issued an unreserved apology for inviting a woman to England’s team hotel in Iceland.
By so doing, he also flouted the team’s Covid-19 guidelines and attempted to put his teammates at risk.
England boss Gareth Southgate sent him home on Monday with Manchester City’s Phil Foden, who also invited a woman to a room at the hotel.
Both Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden played their debut match for England against Iceland on Saturday.
Speaking after his blunder, Mason Greenwood said two things about the much publicized gaffe
1. ‘I want to apologise to Gareth Southgate, for letting him down’
Mason Greenwood directed his unreserved apology in particular at Gareth Southgate for “letting down” the manager.
In a statement on his club website Greenwood said: “Having now had the chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused. It was irresponsible of me to break the Covid-19 protocols which are in place to protect players, staff and the public.
“In particular, I want to apologise to Gareth Southgate, for letting him down, when he had shown great trust in me.
2. He vows to learn his lesson
Speaking further, he said: “Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life. And so, I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake. I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that I will learn from this lesson.”
Meanwhile, Greenwood does not have to quarantine because Iceland is not on the UK government travel restriction list. Consequently, he is free to resume training with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s squad.
The 18-year-old may face disciplinary action from United for an episode that the club on Monday characterised as “disappointing”.