Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood reportedly paid a hotel worker a ‘generous tip’ to help them smuggle two Icelandic girls into their hotel room while in camp with the England international football side.
Foden and Greenwood have been sent home and fined by Icelandic police for a “serious” breach of coronavirus protocols, breaking the team’s bio-secure bubble to meet up with two local girls.
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But explosive new reports claim the footballers actually tried to smuggle four girls into their room and had help from a hotel worker.
According to The Sun, the players paid a hotel worker a “generous” sum of money in order to meet up with the girls.
A source told the publication: “They were very keen to meet the women and needed help from an employee, who received a very generous tip.
“There cannot be any doubt they knew what they did was wrong. All the rules had been drummed into them.
"There was less security than usual travelling as no fans were allowed in the stadium and the players took advantage of that.”
Furthermore, the Daily Mail reports that Foden and Greenwood had been talking to four local women about meeting up in the hotel.
Snapchat videos released in Iceland appeared to show the players with female company, with Foden seen in one video flashing his backside.
Model Nadia Sif Lindal Gunnarsdottir, 20, has since come forward to say she was involved.
She told The Mail: “We met online. I was talking to Mason for a couple of days before they came to Iceland.
“They did know that they had to quarantine, but we figured that since they were playing Iceland, they had been tested before and it would be OK.”
Her 19-year-old cousin Lara Clausen added: “We haven't spoken to them since. We don't want to interrupt them because they are of course going through a lot right now. They haven't contacted us.
“It was a good night that we had, of course. We were all the four of us spending time together and getting to know each other. They were nice guys. Really, really nice.”
Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden on a call to the girls they took into England’s hotel. pic.twitter.com/5lmklW1RYj— Transfer News (@TrustyTransfers) September 7, 2020
Gareth Southgate furious with players’ breach
England manager Gareth Southgate responded by removing Manchester City midfielder Foden and Manchester United forward Greenwood from his squad for Tuesday's Nations League clash in Denmark.
Foden, 20, and Greenwood, 18, had made their senior England debuts in Saturday's 1-0 win against Iceland, but the pair have now been sent home separately from the rest of the squad.
“Unfortunately it was brought to my attention that the two boys have broken the Covid guidelines in terms of our secure bubble,” Southgate told reporters.
“We had to decide they couldn't have interaction with the rest of the team and wouldn't be able to train. Given the procedures we have to follow now, they will have to travel back to England separately.”
After reports Foden and Greenwood brought the women back to the team hotel in Reykjavik, the Football Association 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 duties.
“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 this breach.
“We have spoken to the Football Association of Iceland to offer our apologies. We have also assured the Danish Football Union that all other players and staff members have been isolated within our group throughout this period.”
Iceland's chief epidemiologist Thorolfur Gudnason told a press briefing that it was “a serious violation of the quarantine rules.”
Both players have been fined by 250,000 Icelandic Krona ($2461) by Reykjavik police.