Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy has apologised for hosting a coronavirus rule-breaking New Year’s Eve party.

City have been hit by a huge wave Covid-19 results with Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker testing positive on Christmas Day.

And their recent Premier League fixture with Everton was postponed amid more positive results from Pep Guardiola’s side.

But that didn't stop Mendy hosting a chef and two friends of his partner at his property, in breach of government guidelines preventing people from mixing indoors.

Mendy's girlfriend, niece and nephew were also allegedly all in attendance - but as they are part of the City defender's Cheshire's household, they were permitted to be there.

Benjamin Mendy allegedly messaged a modelling agency
Benjamin Mendy allegedly messaged a modelling agency

A spokesperson for Mendy told The Sun: "Benjamin and his partner allowed a chef and two friends of his partner to attend his property for a dinner party on New Years Eve.

"Ben accepts that this is a breach of COVID-19 protocols and is sorry for his actions in this matter.

"Ben has had a Covid test and is liaising with Manchester City about this."

A Manchester City spokesman has confirmed they are looking into a Covid breach by Mendy
A Manchester City spokesman has confirmed they are looking into a Covid breach by Mendy

A neighbour of Mendy told The Sun: "There was a lot of noise coming from the house and you could hear girls shouting and enjoying themselves."

A Manchester City spokesman also said: "The club is aware of a New Year's Eve covid-19 breach involving Benjamin Mendy and the subsequent media reporting of it.

"While it is understood that elements of this incident have been misinterpreted in the reports, and that the player has publicly apologised for his error, the club is disappointed to learn of the transgression and will be conducting an internal investigation."

Earlier this week, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reminded his players to observe the coronavirus rules in place.

Kyle Walker is one Man City player to have tested positive for Covid-19 recently
Kyle Walker is one Man City player to have tested positive for Covid-19 recently

"We spoke every day to the players – be careful, stay at home, don't be in contact other people and do what you have to do," said Guardiola.

"Follow the scientists and the measures we have to follow, try to follow them."

Manchester City travel to Chelsea this afternoon, hoping to put things right on the pitch.