Former English soccer player Paul Scholes could face a £ 3,200 fine after being filmed in violation of coronavirus restrictions and hosting a five-on-five tournament at his mansion.
The 45-year-old Manchester United legend could face the hefty fine after footage he shot of his son Arron and up to 20 other players playing in the garden of his Oldham mansion were shared online.
The scenes come just a month after the soccer coach was visited by police for throwing an illegal house party for his son's 21st birthday.
In a series of clips shared on his Instagram, Scholes joked about how appalling the team's standards were, saying they were "desperate for a mid-half and a striker".
45-year-old Paul Scholes could face a £ 3,200 fine after being filmed in a five-on-five tournament at his Oldham mansion
The former English soccer player has shared a number of clips from his son Arron and other players in his garden on his Instagram
A source later told The Sun, “Either he lives on the moon or he doesn't care about the rules.
"It's a blatant break in a city that is really struggling with the virus."
Last month, Greater Manchester Police visited the soccer coach's £ 3.5million estate after celebrating the celebrations for his son Arron's 21st, despite Oldham's lockdown restrictions.
Under the new lockdown rules, which took effect after Oldham saw a 240 percent surge in late July, residents were not allowed to invite social visitors into their homes beyond those in their support bubble.
However, photos shared on Instagram by Alicia Scholes – the soccer player's daughter – revealed that participants ignored social distancing while dancing and posing for pictures.
The party at Scholes & # 39; house in Oldham is said to have started at 7 p.m. and continued until 2:30 a.m., The Sun reported.
Last month, Oldham residents were warned that they were facing stricter coronavirus restrictions after a surge in cases.
However, Oldham council chairman Sean Fielding said the rush for a lockdown would destroy the city's already crippled economy.
Scholes hosted the soccer game at his mansion before posting the footage on social media
Scholes, who was visited last month to throw an illegal house party for his son's 21st birthday, shared a clip of the game on social media
In an interview with The Guardian, he suggested that Oldham would be difficult to isolate from other towns in Manchester and neighboring West Yorkshire, and predicted that an "early" move in the lockdown would not be based on evidence.
He said: “The economic impact of a local lockdown on Oldham would be catastrophic and we want to avoid it.
“We do everything in our power, and there are some early indications that will affect the rate of infection.
“But we need more time to see whether that really worked. I think moving to a local lock would be really premature. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Arooj Shah, vice chairman of Oldham Council said, “We know that people in the community are by and large behaving responsibly and complying with coronavirus restrictions.
& # 39; But the fact remains that interest rates are rising now. To avoid a second lockdown, everyone must act now – which means we act stronger as an authority and our communities are making changes to the way they live and how they interact with other people.
“For the minority who do not act responsibly, we will ensure compliance in households, companies and in our public spaces.
"We are all threatened by this terrible virus and it is our responsibility to protect ourselves, our friends and society at large."
According to the latest figures, collected between September 6th and September 12th, 280 new cases were recorded in Oldham – an increase from 158 the previous week.
The total number of confirmed cases in Oldham now stands at 3,374, which translates to a rate of 1,423 per 100,000 – the highest rate in Greater Manchester.