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Jovic: “I apologize if I put anyone in danger”

The striker says he received permission to fly back to Serbia.

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There’s been a lot of controversy around Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic this week. Jovic reportedly left Madrid while he was still in quarantine, flew to Serbia and then apparently celebrated the birthday of his girlfriend.

The striker explained his version of what happened during the last few days after receiving huge criticism in his country.

“Firstly, I’m very sorry to be the main talking point these days and I’m sorry that I’m the one constantly being written about and not those key protagonists who are fighting this crisis, who are the doctors and all those working in health. In Madrid, my COVID-19 test was negative, so I decided to travel to Serbia, to help and support our people as well as be close to my family, with the club’s permission,” said Jovic.

Then, the striker explained that apparently there was some sort of misunderstanding between the different regulations in Spain and Serbia.

“I’m very sorry that some people haven’t done their job professionally and haven’t given me concrete instructions on how to behave in my isolation. In Spain, you’re allowed to go out to the supermarket or the pharmacy, which doesn’t happen here. I want to apologize to everyone if I’ve done any sort of damage or put anyone in danger,” added Jovic.

Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic criticized Jovic’s behaviour.

“If he leaves his apartment he will be arrested. I think he regrets what he did, but I will let him know that the life of our people is more important than his millions,” said Vucic.

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