Whitecaps' Yordy Reyna apologizes after caught playing soccer on local news

May 6 2020, 5:55 pm

The Vancouver Whitecaps have ordered Yordy Reyna to undertake a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period for not adhering to provincial physical distancing guidelines.

The 26-year-old Peruvian was caught red-handed on the 11 o’clock news during a Global BC report on people relaxing their behaviour. Reyna wasn’t identified by name in the video, but a fan recognized him and posted this screenshot to Twitter:

“Our public health authorities are doing an incredible job leading us through this pandemic and we fully support them in their work,” said Whitecaps FC sporting director Axel Schuster. “As a club and member of our community, we take the responsibility to demonstrate leadership in this area very seriously. Throughout this crisis, the club has been extremely clear in all our communication on the importance of physical distancing and proper hygiene.”

A member of the Whitecaps since 2017, Reyna has issued an apology.

“I am deeply sorry for my actions and apologize to the community, my teammates and coaches,” said Reyna.

The Whitecaps have made Major League Soccer aware of the incident, and say they will remain in contact with the league office as they review the situation. The team adds that they are in close discussions with the public health officer, local health authorities, and infectious disease experts in coordinating voluntary individual workout plans for players at the club’s training fields.

The Whitecaps say they will confirm plans for individual player workouts in the coming days.