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Curfew-breaking Serbian national teamer gets 3 months house arrest

Aleksandar Prijovic

BELGRADE, SERBIA - JUNE 11: Aleksandar Prijovic of Serbia looks on after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Serbia and Wales at stadium Rajko Mitic on June 11, 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

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Well-traveled Serbian striker Aleksandar Prijovic isn’t going anywhere for three months, regardless of when coronavirus dangers subside in the eyes of authorities.

The 29-year-old was arrested along with 19 others for violating Serbia’s lockdown policy by attending a bar between the hours of 5 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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Now the Swiss-born, 13-times capped Serbian international has been sentenced to three months of home detention.

Fellow Serbian striker Luka Jovic of Real Madrid was investigated for a similar offense earlier this month.

Prijovic was part of the 2018 World Cup team for coach Mladen Krstajić and has 13 caps and two goals for Serbia. He currently plays for Saudi side Al-Ittihad.

He’s been a part of 12 clubs in his career including English sides Northampton Town, Derby County, and Yeovil Town. Prijovic has double-digit goal seasons for Turkish side Boluspor (2014/15) and Greek powers PAOK (2017/18).

A punishment like this may seem harsh to some, but the message should be pretty clear in Serbia: National team member or not, following the laws is critical.

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