Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic has broken the quarantine imposed by the Serbian authorities due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The entire Real Madrid squad have been in self-isolation for 14 days after basketball player Trey Thompkins has tested positive for COVID-19 last Thursday.
Jovic has returned to Serbia with Real's permission after the La Liga season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 22-year-old striker returned to Belgrade from Spain last week and was reportedly seen on the streets despite the fact that Serbia is imposing a 28-day self-isolation for all those who have returned from countries infected seriously with the virus.
According to the Serbian newspaper Blic, Jovic travelled to back to Belgrade to celebrate his girlfriend's, Sofija Milosevic, birthday.
However Jovic denied that rumour in series of stories on his Instagram profile in which he explains that he just went out to the pharmacy.
"Having seen the situation in the world and in our country is very difficult, like it has been for some time, I have to speak out and send support to my people," the Serbian posted on Instagram.
"First of all, I'm so sorry to be the main topic these days and I'm sorry that I'm the one constantly being written about and not those key protagonists who are the heroes fighting with the crisis, the doctors and all those who are working in health.
"When I was in Madrid, I tested for Covid-19 and the test was negative, so I decided to travel back to Serbia, to help and support our people and to be close to my family, in agreement with the club, of course. After I arriving in Serbia, I was tested again and it came out negative.
"I'm sorry that some people did their job unprofessionally and did not give me concrete instructions on how to behave under the quarantine.
"In Spain, we were allowed to go out to the supermarket or to the pharmacy, which is not allowed here.
"I hope that we will get over this together. All my support, Serbia, we'll get through this together."
Luka Jovic was heavily criticised by Serbia prime minister Ana Brnabic for neglecting the quarantine imposed by the government.
"Unfortunately, our football stars gives us quite negative examples," said Ana Brnabic.
"They think that when they earn millions they can ignore mandatory self-isolation orders upon returning home."
Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic was even harder on Jovic.
"If he leaves his home he'll be put in jail," said the president.
"I think he might regrets his act, but I want to make it clear to him that the lives of the Serbian people are way more important than his millions," added Vucic.