COPS are carrying out Covid spot-checks on the Premier League’s Euro stars to ensure they self-isolate.
Surprise visits have been paid to the homes of some top-flight players who have travelled away in the Champions and Europa leagues to see if they are obeying the restrictions on their return.
Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Sergio Reguilon, as well as West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, were caught mixing households over Christmas
All players and staff who have flown to the continent with their clubs must self-isolate for five days when they get back.
They are only permitted to travel to and from training and matches and are not allowed to leave their homes or go out for any other reason during that time — not even to shop or exercise.
Competing clubs, including Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, have been warned they must stick to the rules.
The random police checks are to ensure stars are staying home — and so far it is understood they have uncovered no Covidiots breaking the rules.
An insider at one club told SunSport: “The authorities obviously have all the details of those who have travelled on file.
“We thought one of the lads was joking when he said the police had visited his home to make sure he was in. But he wasn’t joking.
“We then heard people from other clubs had received a visit as well.
“We’d been told we would be in big trouble if we were caught breaking the self-isolating rules and it is clear they are deadly serious about it.”
A string of Premier League stars have come under fire for breaking Covid-19 rules.
Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Sergio Reguilon, as well as West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, were caught mixing households at a party over the Christmas period.
The Spurs players were fined by their club for joining a large group.
City’s Benjamin Mendy hosted a New Year’s Eve party, just after five team-mates were hit by the coronavirus.
Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic and Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic were also caught breaching rules at a New Year gathering as Covid cases continued to rise.