Real Madrid’s striker Luka Jovic is facing law problems back home in Serbia. The young player broke the quarantine rules once coming back home, and violated several emergency laws imposed due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Jovic is now facing charges about breaking the rules of quarantine during the epidemic, and he might spend some time in jail according to the sources from Serbia. The spokesman of the Public Prosecutor’s department, Slavica Jokic, addressed to the media earlier today, saying that the department filed charges against several persons among which Jovic as well.
Luka Jovic has been reported by Serbian police
He broke his quarantine to travel to Belgrade for his girlfriend's birthday
— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) March 19, 2020
Jovic got permission from Real Madrid to fly back to Serbia, but also to follow the instructions regarding self-isolation. However, the 22-year old went out partying, even though there was a strict order from the Serbian government about self-isolation for all persons who came from abroad, especially for those from Italy and Spain as the critical areas.
The sources from Serbia, as well as the media back there, are saying that Jovic came home to celebrate his girlfriend’s birthday. Yet she denies such stories.
“Everybody writes that I had a birthday party, but I haven’t left the apartment at all,” says Sofija Milosevic, Jovic’s girlfriend, and a model. ” I can’t talk about Luka, or comment anything about him, but as far as I’m concerned, I didn’t celebrate a birthday, nor had any parties whatsoever, as various media cited… Also, nobody came or ran from any quarantine because of my birthday.”
The Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic criticized Jovic indirectly at one press conference, which was nationally televised during the state of emergency. She wouldn’t mention the name, but everybody knew it was about Real Madrid’s player.
“There are examples of football players, who have millions of euros worth contracts in foreign countries and come here without following the rules of self-isolation. They will be prosecuted by our institutions.”
Jovic, denunciado por la policía por escaparse para ir a ver a su novia https://t.co/bu1MZSF38u
— Superdeporte (@superdeporte_es) March 19, 2020
The highest penalty for Jovic’s action is up to three years of prison or a very high financial fine. But if he potentially infects another person, he might be sentenced up to eight years in jail.
The young striker underwent a test for COVID-19 after news broke out that Real Madrid’s basketball member Trey Thompkins tested positive on the virus, and the entire football team had to be checked as well. These two sports sections share the same training facilities, which is the reason for this measure.
Luka Jovic was considered as one of the biggest talents in the world. After exploding in Eintracht Frankfurt, where he became the hottest good on the market, Real Madrid immediately reacted and bought the youngster, projecting him to be the perfect replacement for Karim Benzema. During his stint in Germany, he played 75 games for the Eagles and scored 36 goals, and his second season was very impressive, with 27 hits in 47 events.
However, his stats and overall performances severely deteriorated after landing in Madrid. Jovic was unable to score his first goal for Real for a long time, and the media was all over him after just a couple of months. It seems that the massive pressure imposed on this young guy eventually broke him.
Right now, many believe that he doesn’t have the future among Los Blancos, and that Zinedine Zidane plans to sell him in the next transfer window.
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