Manchester United legend Paul Scholes threw a seven-hour party for his son’s birthday on the day a new Covid-19 lockdown was imposed.
New lockdown restrictions have been implemented in the North West of England following a spike in coronavirus cases, with different households now outlawed from meeting in gardens or indoors.
But according to The Sun , Scholes turned a blind eye to the regulations in order to throw a huge party for his son Arron’s 21st birthday.
The party took place at Scholes’ £3.5million Oldham mansion and reportedly went on until 2.30am.
Footage has emerged that shows Arron singing karaoke while wearing a “Lockdown Live” slogan t-shirt.
Partygoers can also be seen ignoring social distancing rules as they drink and dance.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has accused Scholes of setting a bad example while lockdown rules are in place, saying: “You’d expect a much more responsible attitude from a role model who has worn an England shirt 66 times.
“The people of Oldham are fully aware reckless behaviour like this has caused the return to lockdown.
“While young people are less likely to suffer serious complications if they are infected, they may spread it to somebody for whom the consequences could be very severe.”
It is believed Scholes has also been accused of “blatant disregard for the rules” by some living near him.
The party got underway 19 hours after new lockdown rules began at midnight on Thursday.
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Scholes’ daughter Alicia also uploaded videos to her Instagram account which show youngsters close to each other inside the mansion.
At one point, Arron can be seen lifted up by his friends and carried across the dance floor.
The new regulations have come into force after a spike of Covid-19 cases in large areas across the North West.
And public health officials in Greater Manchester believe the spike is being fuelled by young people.
Deputy mayor Sir Richard Leese said: “You can see young people thinking basically they’re immune — and that if they do catch it, it won’t be too serious.”