Former West Ham United, Aston Villa and Newcastle United star Nolberto Solano has been arrested.
The world is in the midst of a battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 has seen football shutdown and the season is on hold for West Ham, Aston Villa, Newcastle and the rest of country’s teams.
It means West Ham and Villa’s battle against relegation is in limbo.
There is growing uncertainty over when – or even if – the season will resume after the country, and a third of the world’s population went into lockdown.
Former West Ham, Newcastle and Aston Villa star arrested
These are unprecedented times. But former West Ham, Aston Villa and Newcastle star Solano has not taken it seriously.
That’s after the brilliant midfielder who lit up the Premier League was arrested by police for breaching isolation rules in his native Peru (Sky Sports).
Solano made his name as a Newcastle legend over two spells either side of a year at Aston Villa.
He then went on to enjoy a memorable season at West Ham under Alan Curbishley, scoring four goals in 24 games and providing several assists.
Fan favourite Solano apologises after breach
Peru has imposed a mandatory curfew between 8pm and 5am every day to combat the spread of the virus there.
But Solano was caught at a social gathering on Thursday evening (Sky Sports).
The ex Hammer has denied it was a “party” as reported by several sources. He apologised for breaking the curfew but told RPP Noticias it was lunch at a neighbours rather than a party.
“Those who know me know that I have tried to handle myself in the best way,” Solano told RPP Noticias.
“It was not a party, it was a lunch that neighbours invited me to – it went on late, but there were no more than five or six people.
“I obviously regret this very much and I ask for forgiveness. I am not going to justify it. It’s very tough for everyone but the most important thing is our health, without that we can’t do anything.”
Sobering lesson to take isolation seriously
Solano clearly did not appreciate the whole point of isolation. It is designed to stop the spread of the potentially deadly virus between households.
At a time when football has come under the spotlight over the money sloshing around in the game compared to the low pay, high risk, life-saving work carried out by frontline healthcare workers, headlines like this do not help.
He may be best known as a Newcastle legend. But Solano was a popular figure in England after his spells at three of the biggest clubs outside the established elite.
And he was no flop in his season-long stays at West Ham and Aston Villa.
But his story should act as a lesson to anyone else not taking lockdown measures seriously.