Former Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes has been spoken to by police following claims he flouted lockdown rules by staging a house party.
It has been reported that the party was held at Scholes’ home in Oldham on Friday night – the same day that new coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions were brought in across Greater Manchester which ban private social gatherings in homes and gardens – and is believed to have lasted for seven hours.
The gathering was reportedly held to celebrate the 21st birthday of Scholes’ son Arron.
Pictures published in The Sun over the weekend showed groups of young people arriving at the property in Oldham on Friday evening.
A burger van was seen parked outside, a number of people were seen crowded together on a dancefloor, and Scholes – who is currently the co-owner of League Two side Salford City – was pictured wearing a t-shirt with the slogan ‘Lockdown Live’ printed on the front.
Scholes’ daughter was also see posing for a group photograph with friends before the celebrations.
In a statement addressing the incident, Greater Manchester Police said: “On Sunday, we were made aware of allegations of an earlier breach of COVID-19 restrictions at a residential property in the Oldham area.”
“In line with normal procedure and policing by consent, officers attended and engaged with an individual explaining the restrictions and encouraging them to be compliant.”
Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Nick Bailey has also urged the public to respect the tightened rules, stating that: “We understand the frustration of not being able to continue social lives, or visit friends and family, however the risk of coronavirus is still present and attending events in large groups is in breach of COVID legislation.”
“The only way to stay safe and protect your family and loved ones is by following the guidelines.”
Scholes has not yet commented on the report.