USA star Weston McKennie sent back to Juventus in disgrace after mystery Covid rule break with £25m Tottenham and Aston Villa target savaged by Landon Donovan for ‘level of selfishness that is beyond me’
- Weston McKennie missed their game vs Canada having broken Covid protocols
- He apologised on social media but his Italian club are furious with his behaviour
- Juventus midfielder has now been sent back to his club in disgrace from USA
Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie is being sent back to Italy in disgrace and will miss his second successive World Cup qualifier after breaking US team COVID-19 protocols.
Manager Gregg Berhalter made the announcement on Monday, a day after the US and Canada drew 1-1.
Former US captain Landon Donovan refused to reveal the nature of the mystery rule break but savaged McKennie for his actions.
Weston McKennie has been sent back to Italy from the USA squad after breaking protocols
The American midfielder is likely to be sold in the January transfer window next year
He told the Futbal with Grant Wahl podcast: ‘It is almost beyond repair, and he has a lot of work to do with his teammates to make sure that he never does something like that again because you lose trust in your teammates.
‘I am I am privy to what happened I’m not going to announce that publicly,’ Donovan said. ‘I will just say, I am incredibly disappointed in Weston, incredibly disappointed. Look, I can understand Juventus during a long club season, you’re sitting at home for months and months and months and you want to have people over. Is it the smartest thing to do? No, but I get it.
‘This is one week of your life with three massive games, not only for yourself but for your team-mates and your country and the level of selfishness is beyond me. He is old enough to know you don’t put yourself in this situation. Would they win the game if he is on the field? I don’t know but their chances would go up a lot.
‘It doesn’t mean he is a horrible human being and he can learn from this but this can never, ever, ever happen again.’
McKennie, who is one of the stars of the US team, started last Thursday’s opening 0-0 draw at El Salvador. He was not allowed to be in Sunday’s match-day squad.
With pressure mounting, the 10th-ranked US play away from home against No 63 Honduras on Wednesday night.
‘Weston will return to Italy and will be unavailable for the match against Honduras due to a violation of team policy,’ Berhalter said in a statement.
‘There are high expectations for those who are a part of the US men´s national team, and in order to be successful it´s important that everyone in the group is accountable.’
McKennie previously apologized in a statement Sunday. On his Instagram story, he wrote: ‘Unfortunately, I am suspended for tonight’s match due to a violation of team COVID-19 protocols.
Juventus are furious with Weston McKennie after breaching Covid rules on USA duty; he issued an apology on social media after missing the 1-1 draw with Canada
Landon Donovan tore into McKennie for the rule break, the nature of which he did not reveal
‘I am sorry for my actions. I will be cheering hard for the boys tonight and hope to be back with the team soon.’
A 23-year-old from Fort Lewis, Washington, McKennie missed Juventus’ derby against Torino in April after violating COVID-19 protocols in Italy.
The Italian club have still not forgiven McKennie for hosting a party during lockdown on the eve of that game – which saw team-mates Paulo Dybala and Arthur also in attendance – with strict curfews in effect in Turin. It seems increasingly likely that he will be sold in the January transfer window.
According to Tuttosport, Tottenham and Aston Villa would be ready to make an offer to Juventus – but the starting price is £25million.
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