Watford captain Troy Deeney has defended Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish after he broke coronavirus lockdown rules and made a comparison to Chelsea’s Mason Mount.
Grealish was pictured in outside a club in Birmingham just hours after he urged the fans to stay at home during the global crisis.
The 24-year-old was heavily criticised and forced to apologise. But Aston Villa also took disciplinary action and issued a £150,000 fine to the midfielder (Birmingham Mail).
Chelsea’s breakout star Mount was also in a similar situation. He was pictured ignoring the self-isolation order issued by the club after teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for illness, by going outside for a kick-about with West Ham’s Declan Rice.
However, according to Deeney, Mount has not faced the same level of scrutiny as Grealish.
He told the United Stand: “Genuinely if you’re a young person — and when I say this it’s not right — if you’re a young person, you are literally going, based off everything you’ve been told, ‘This virus doesn’t really affect me, I’m fit and healthy I’m gonna go out.’
“Not just with him but young people in general – do you think he’s the only one out? Mason Mount, the first week of it, he’s at Power League. And that went under the radar, no-one hammering him.
“He ain’t being forced to come out and do big apologies, he just went, ‘Ah should have done better sorry.'”
Deeney also said he knows Grealish (and Mount) is being irresponsible but he is also just a kid. He said he understands the responsibility of football players where many people look up to them, but these athletes will still make mistakes.