FOUR Leicester City players at a Covid-flouting house party were busted by their manager — then hid before cops arrived.
Boss Brendan Rodgers found out James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Hamza Choudhury were at teammate Ayoze Perez’s home with up to 18 others.
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Furious Rodgers texted them to call it a night. But they hid in the dark then half the guests got taxis to Choudhury’s house, 30 miles away in Nottingham, at 1am to continue partying.
And on Sunday, three of the quartet were left out of the 3-2 defeat at West Ham. Barnes is injured.
A source said: “Everyone was having a good time then suddenly the players said to each other ‘Look at your phone’.
“They’d got a message from Brendan. He told them he knew what they were up to and to stop the party immediately.
“They told everyone to hide and switched off all the lights so it looked like no one was home.”
Cops had gone to Perez’s £1.3million home near the Foxes’ King Power Stadium, just after 12.20am last Sunday, six hours after a 2-0 defeat to Man City.
Neighbours said sports cars lined the street from 9pm and music was coming from Perez’s.
Guests were made to put their phones in sealed pouches so no pictures or video could be taken.
Why do they feel like they can do what they want just because they’re rich footballers?
The source said: “Most guests were young women. They were all drinking and having a laugh then carried on at Hamza’s.”
A neighbour said: “I could see coloured lights at Ayoze’s house. He’d also closed his blinds. He doesn’t usually do that.”
Police found the house in darkness so took no action.
The neighbour said they heard groups getting into taxis, which made a dog bark, waking another local.
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They added: “We are City fans but this is just not acceptable. Why do they feel like they can do what they want just because they’re rich footballers?”
The players were hauled in at 6pm on Tuesday.
Leicester said: “Those involved have apologised for their poor judgment. Our response to the matter will be concluded internally.”
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The most recent Covid breach by Premier League players comes just one month after Brighton's Aaron Connolly was caught on video breaching regulations.
And among the England internationals who have broken coronavirus rules, Aston Villa duo Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley were caught partying in London back in December.
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