Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic escaped a jail term earlier this year in his native Serbia for violating quarantine laws and will pay a fine of €30k instead, reports Cadena Cope.
In April, prosecutors were looking at landing the striker with a three-year prison term, as illustrated by Marca, although such calls were subsequently dramatically scaled back.
An article in El Mundo explained how the striker was the one player who allowed Madrid to return to his home country to spend time in lockdown earlier this year with his young family, but he was allegedly seen partying on the streets of Belgrade, a move that has attracted criticism both in the nation and in Spain.
After they returned, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic was criticized by Jovic and other Serbian players who play with foreign clubs, with the striker seen partying on his girlfriend’s birthday in the streets of Belgrade.
As quoted by Diario AS, Brnabic said at the time: “We have derogatory examples of our footballers, who are very well paid, ignoring compulsory self-isolation upon returning home.”
Brnabic and other leaders urged all Serbian people to refrain, if possible, from returning home to restrict the spread of the virus that the Madrid player had infected.