Juventus’ Weston McKennie faces a fine for a party in Turin


U.S. men’s team midfielder Weston McKennie and two of his Juventus teammates are fined and face additional sanctions for violating COVID-19 protocols during a party at McKennie’s home in Turin, Italy.

McKennie, the first American to play for the Serie A giants, hosted a party Wednesday that consisted of about 25 people, including teammates Paulo Dybala and Arthur, Associated Press reported. Parties are not allowed under the current COVID-19 restrictions. The country has a nightly curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Police reportedly arrived at McKennie’s home around 11:30 p.m. to find a party. The neighbors called it through the AP. The three players face fines from the police and sanctions from the team.

Italy became the first country to implement a nationwide lockdown last March and has taken curbing the spread of the virus very seriously. It was one of the European countries to impose new restrictions two weeks ago to suppress a third wave of the disease. According to the New York Times, there were more than 22,000 average cases reported per seven days and 360 average deaths over the same period at the time.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday when he returned to the club after serving with the Italian national team. He is isolating himself at his home in Turin, Juventus said. Four Italian national team employees per AP tested positive for the virus this week.

Bonucci is the second Juventus player to test positive after serving internationally, joining Turkish defender Merih Demiral.

Juventus’ Weston McKennie faces fines and team sanctions for throwing a party in violation of COVID-19 restrictions. (AP Photo / Luca Bruno)

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