His seemingly carefree violation of the rules could have far-reaching consequences. Not only could the star face an immediate penalty from his Manchester United club, but his future return to the team could also be at risk.
Argentina’s government ordered a nationwide lockdown on March 20 in response to COVID-19. The measures taken should last at least until May 10th. Until then, celebrations and other gatherings should be avoided. Travel within the country is also prohibited for the time being. International flights should not be possible until September 2020 at the earliest.
Rojo was only loaned to the Argentine first division Estudiantes de La Plata in January. His return to Manchester United was scheduled for the upcoming 2020/21 season.
It is still not clear when the season could start, or whether Rojo can leave his home country Argentina by then. It remains to be seen to what extent his scandalous poker game could play a role.
Other footballers also defy the rules
Rojo is certainly not the first to violate the applicable insulation requirements. In fact, some footballers from the top English clubs have recently been caught at various social gatherings.
Manchester City star Kyle Walker, for example, organized a sex party with a friend and two call girls despite curfews and a ban on the meeting. After the media found out, he publicly apologized:
I would like to take the opportunity to publicly apologize for my behavior last week. I understand that in my position as a professional footballer, I have a responsibility to be a role model.
Manchester City then declared that he was very disappointed with Walker, but had taken note of his prompt apology. The club had to advise on the extent to which the incident would have consequences.
Arsenal’s David Luiz, Aston Villas Jack Grealish, Chelsea’s Mason Mount and West Ham’s Declan Rice, on the other hand, each received criticism for playing football with friends outside.