Brighton and Hove Albion are to investigate concerning reports that young striker Aaron Connolly broke lockdown rules to meet a woman.
According to reports from publications such as The Sun, Connolly violated restrictions laid out by the government to bring a woman to his home in order to have sex.
The encounter took place earlier this month and it was filmed.
The current understanding is also that he was in fact single at the time this took place.
In a statement from the club, the confirm that they are aware of the allegations and that they are being taken all very seriously as internal investigations take place and the matter will be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
Albion have made all employees completely aware of the expectations that the club has of every person and therefore any breaches or avoidance of following protocol are done with full awareness that they are failing their responsibilities as public figures and representatives of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club.
The club has also stated that they will make no further comment at this time until any investigation has been concluded and the appropriate punishment handed down.
The 21-year-old striker has been seen as one of the Premier League’s brightest young talents with a reported yearly salary of around £1 million and already playing on the international stage for Ireland having gained 5 caps to date.
Connolly also joins a number of names who have been seen breaking national restrictions, with Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy among others having been caught attending parties and gatherings for celebrations such as New Year’s Eve.
Any action taken is hoped to not have too much of an effect on the current season, as with Connolly only seen as an impact substitute there is hopes that a likely suspension would not interfere with the club’s survival bid as the Seagulls fight to remain their top-flight status.
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