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Serbia striker Prijovic arrested for flouting coronavirus curfew

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Serbia’s forward Aleksandar Prijovic attends a training session at the team’s base camp in Svetlogorsk, some 50 km north of Kaliningrad, on June 18, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP) (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

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BELGRADE, Serbia -- Serbia soccer player Aleksandar Prijovic has been arrested for flouting the curfew imposed to curb the coronavirus spread.

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A police statement said on Saturday that Prijovic and 19 others had gathered at a hotel in Belgrade, violating the country’s 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. lockdown orders.

The 29-year-old striker, who plays for Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad, is the second Serbian international to have flouted the Balkan nation’s state of emergency orders.

Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic was also caught violating the stay-at-home decree when he attended his girlfriend’s birthday party at a Belgrade cafe last month.

Those who flout the restrictive measures face hefty fines or up to three years in jail.

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