As the spread of the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc around the world, a Real Madrid star has now been threatened with jail time after putting the lives of those around him at risk.
Jovic found himself in hot water earlier this week after reportedly breaking quarantine rules to attend his girlfriend's birthday party in Serbia, and has been threatened with arrest by the country's president Aleksandar Vucic.
"If he leaves his apartment, he will be arrested. I think he regrets what he has done, but I will make it clear to him that the lives of our people are more important than his millions," Vucic said, as reported by Marca.
This sentiment was echoed by the country's Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, who stressed that Jovic's wealth and fame will not protect him from the weight of the law should he continue to break the quarantine rules in place.
"The fact that they are known sportsmen, and that they are rich, will not stop them from being punished. Either they will respect the law, or they'll go to jail," Stefanovic said, as quoted by the Daily Star.
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Jovic has since apologised for breaking his self-isolation, and explained that the situation stemmed from his own misunderstanding of the difference in rules between Spain and Serbia in respect of the coronavirus.
"When I arrived in Serbia, they gave me the test and it came out negative," Jovic explained, according to a separate Marca report.
"I am very sorry that some people have not professionally fulfilled their work and have not given me specific instructions on how I should behave during my isolation.
"In Spain, it is allowed to go shopping or buy products in pharmacies, which does not happen here. I apologise to everyone if, in any way, I have hurt or endangered someone. I hope that together we can overcome everything this. All my support, Serbia, we will all go out together."
The 22-year-old joined Los Blancos from Eintracht Frankfurt for a reported fee of €60 million (R1.1 billion) at the beginning of the season, but has struggled for form following his move, scoring just twice in 24 appearances for the Spanish giants.
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