Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic faces a six-month jail sentence in his native Serbia for allegedly violating the quarantine laws earlier this year, according to Marca, who informed the Serbian outlet Tanjug.
As pointed out by Marca in April, the footballer faces a maximum fine of upwards of €1,275, with prosecutors possibly looking for a three-year jail term to land him, although these calls have since been greatly reduced.
Jovic reportedly had to testify before the Belgrade Prosecutor’s Office that he had violated the home quarantine laws in effect in Serbia earlier this year, after being denounced by the police.
The article in El Mundo outlined how the striker was the one player that allowed Madrid to return to his home country to spend time with his young family during the lockdown, but he was reportedly seen on the streets of Belgrade – a move that was crucial both in the nation and in Spain.
Jovic and other Serbian players playing with foreign clubs were attacked by Prime Minister Ana Brnabić when they returned, and the striker saw a party in the streets of Belgrade on his girlfriend’s birthday.
Brnabic said, as quoted by Diario AS: “We have derogatory examples of our footballers, who are paying very well, ignoring compulsory self-isolation when they return home.”
Brnabic and other leaders also urged all Serbian people to refrain from returning home, if possible, to restrict the spread of the virus.