Mount apologises to Lampard

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Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount caused outrage by having a park kickabout with West Ham’s Declan Rice and friends on Sunday – when he was supposed to be self-isolating after teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus last week.

All Chelsea players were told to self-isolate after Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus last week. But Mount was spotted playing 5-a-side football along with close pal Declan Rice on a 5G ProTurf pitch at the Trent Park Football centre, near Barnet, on Sunday.

Mount could face a hefty fine according to the Daily Mail, but he has apologised to manager Frank Lampard over the phone.

A dad taking his 14-year-old son to football training broke the incident as he said: ““We noticed a car that looked a bit ridiculous and wondered who was in it.

“Then another came along with three or four people inside. My son recognised Mason Mount as the driver.

“They played a kickabout of five or six-a-side. Declan Rice was playing too.

“They were wearing snoods but it wasn’t obvious whether they were using them to protect other people or so they wouldn’t be noticed.

“When I went back to the car I thought, ‘Hang on.’

“We’ve got someone out in public who is a team-mate of Callum Hudson-Odoi, who actually has coronavirus. It looked like none of them were taking the situation very seriously.

“I would imagine their clubs would be horrified.”

A Chelsea spokesman said the club have reminded Mount of his responsibilities, and the young midfielder apologised over the phone to his manager.

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