Juventus angry with McKennie for violating Covid protocols while on USA duty

Juventus angry with McKennie for violating Covid protocols while on USA duty

Juventus are furious with Weston McKennie after violating Covid protocols while away with the United States national team - yet another example of inappropriate behaviour from the midfielder.

The former Schalke star featured in a 0-0 draw against El Salvador last week, but did not take part in the match against Canada on Sunday evening, which ended 1-1, after the breach of regulations and immediately apologised on social media.

Writing on his Instagram story, he wrote: ''Unfortunately, I am suspended for tonight's match due to a violation of team COVID-19 protocols. I am sorry for my actions. I will be cheering hard for the boys tonight and hope to be back with the team soon.'

The full explanation for his exclusion has not been officially revealed, with manager Gregg Berhalter simply saying he had broken the team's policy and refused to go into further details.

'Will he return for Wednesday's match with the Honduras? I don't know,' he told reporters after the game.

The team only became aware of the news on Sunday afternoon, with Tuttosport reporting that his national team mate Tyler Adams was disappointed by his actions.

'Obviously it's not an ideal situation because he's such an important player, important character to this team,' the Leipzig man said.

'He brings obviously what he does on the field, but even off the field, how close he brings the team together. So, yeah, it's a little disappointing, but it was that-next-man up mentality.'

Christian Pulisic added: 'We tried not to let that whole situation affect us too much,' U.S. star Christian Pulisic said. 'Obviously it's just about putting all that aside and focusing on the task at hand, really. And obviously, we missed him today, and it´s just about moving forward and trying to win games.'

Juventus continues to consider McKennie as an important player in boss Max Allegri's project in Turin, but feel his personality not suitable for a top club.

Juventus has strict discipline and does not tolerate players disobeying the rules of the club or attracting negative publicity while on international duty. McKennie is probably not the best player in the Juventus midfield, but right now he could undoubtedly be the most useful.

The Italian club has still not forgiven the player for hosting a party during lockdown earlier this year on the eve of a derby against Torino - which saw team-mates Paulo Dybala and Arthur also in attendance - with strict curfews in effect in Turin. It seems increasingly likely that he will be sold in the January transfer window.

According to Tuttosport, Tottenham and Aston Villa would be ready to make an offer to Juventus - but the starting price is £25million.
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