News : Juve coach Pirlo waives three players due to illegal party
Ex-Schalke Weston McKennie, Paulo Dybala and Arthur Melo will not be in the squad of the Italian record champions on Saturday, as Pirlo said during a press conference in Turin on Friday. “It was a decision to set an example because we are role models and should behave as such,” said the 41-year-old.
On Wednesday evening, the Italian police reportedly caught midfielder McKennie and his two colleagues at a party that was banned due to corona, according to various media reports. They would have eaten with friends and their partners at McKennie’s house in Turin. Fines have been imposed.
In Italy, larger private meetings are prohibited because of the strict corona locks. In addition, there is a night-time exit restriction from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Juve were in fourth place in the table before matchday 29. Against the city rivals FC Turin (17th place) the “Bianconeri” want to collect important points in order not to lose the connection in the championship of the Italian league Serie A to the leading clubs from Milan.