Three Watford players were dropped from their crucial relegation clash against Southampton on Sunday afternoon after breaking UK lockdown rules.
On Friday, Andre Gray, the Watford striker, hosted a birthday party in the garden of his Surry home which he shares with his fiance, the Little Mix singer, Leigh-Anne Pinnock.
Also in attendance was teammate Domingos Quina, whilst England international Nathanial Chalobah was another amongst the mingling guests.
When footage from the gathering emerged on social media, there was uproar because their behaviour contravenes current government guidelines in the UK. They mandate that, until next weekend (July 4th) people in Britain are not allowed to go into other peoples gardens, and, when they do so, must maintain a distance of at least one metre from each other.
Not only did the players break those rules but they also infringed the Premier League health and safety protocols which had been established as part of the Project Restart initiative which allowed the league season in England to resume. They require players to remain within their own family groups, and to avoid unnecessary contact with others off the field.
The consequence of their action was that the club decided to omit all three from their match day squad in order to ensure the health and safety of all the other players, staff, and match officials.
Now the club have promised to hold a full investigation into what happened, and will be talking to all three players to remind them of their responsibilities.
It might not stop there either, as, without them, the depleted squad lost the match at Vicarage Road to Southampton in a damaging home defeat. That result leaves them in 16th place in the table with just six games to go, just one point above the relegation zone, having played one game more than all their nearest rivals.
With Norwich already seemingly doomed at the bottom and Brighton pulling away from trouble, it now seems to be between four teams Aston Villa, Bournemouth, West Ham and Watford themselves to decide who will fill the other two relegation places.