Juventus have suspended Weston McKennie, Paulo Dybala and Arthur ahead of their derby clash with Torino following reports the players attended a party at the international USMNT’s villa, in violation of local Covid protocols. 19.
McKennie reportedly hosted an event involving between 10 and 20 people in total, with other Bianconeri stars Dybala and Arthur also in attendance.
All three players were also subject to fines under government rules, with Andrea Pirlo also confirming that they were also excluded from his squad to face Turin on Saturday.
What was said?
The Juve boss said in a pre-match press conference: “I’ll talk about it right away, then we’ll think about the game. The three players involved won’t be called up, then they’ll go back to work and we will understand when.
“I don’t want to talk about it anymore, we’ve done enough already. For the technical part, I decided, the club. Did the rest.
“These things have always happened, but now is not the right time for what’s going on in the world. We are examples.”
How did the players react?
Dybala took to social media to apologize for attending the rally, but insists the players are not having a party.
He posted on an Instagram story: “I was wrong to stay out for dinner. It wasn’t a party, but I was wrong anyway and I apologize.”
The Argentina international is the only player to have publicly addressed the reports so far.
How did it happen?
The party took place on Wednesday evening at the McKennie Villa in Turin, according to a regional newspaper The imprintlocal police were alerted at around 11:30 p.m. local time following reports.
Those on the grounds of the property initially refused entry to authorities before relenting, in which case the involvement of Juve stars McKennie, Dybala and Arthur became evident.
Further details are still unclear, although the three players have not been on international service, having not been selected by their respective nations for the matches during the March break.
What other repercussions will they face?
Juve have already penalized Dybala, McKennie and Arthur financially and professionally, but it is also possible that their short-term suspensions will continue in their next two Serie A games against Napoli and Genoa.
It would likely be a major prejudice for the players and the squad, with the Bianconeri 10 points behind leaders Inter in Serie A as the end of the season nears.