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FA condemn Foden and Greenwood as ‘unacceptable’ COVID breaches confirmed

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The FA have condemned Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood’s ‘unacceptable’ breach of COVID-19 quarantine.

Manchester City starlet Foden and his Manchester United counterpart Greenwood were both pictured in the Icelandic press breaking England’s quarantine measures at their hotel.

England boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed the duo will leave the England camp ahead of the Nations League game against Denmark on Tuesday, and the FA have now condemned their actions.

Confirming the duo had apologised, the FA echoed statements made by City and United expressing disappointment at their actions.

A spokesperson said: “Whilst in Iceland, both Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood spent time outside of our private team area, which was a breach of our COVID-19 rules.

“While they did not leave the team hotel, it was an unacceptable breach of our protocol. They have both apologised for their serious lack of judgement.

“The FA will be launching a full investigation into the circumstances leading up to this breach. We have spoken to the Football Association of Iceland to offer our apologies for this incident and to ensure them that we are taking the appropriate steps.

“We have also assured the Danish Football Union that all other players and staff members have been isolated within our group throughout this period.

“Our immediate priority now is preparing the team for the match against Denmark tomorrow.”

Earlier, a City spokesperson said that Foden’s behaviour was ‘totally inappropriate’ and ‘fell well below the standard expected of a Manchester City player and England international’.

Meanwhile, Manchester United confirmed the club are ‘liaising with the FA and are disappointed with the actions of Mason Greenwood.’

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