Jordon Ibe risks Bournemouth anger with haircut photo during lockdown

Ben Fisher on 20 May 2020

Jordon Ibe is facing disciplinary action at Bournemouth after he breached lockdown guidelines by having a haircut.

On Wednesday the winger, who is no longer considered part of the first-team squad after a series of misdemeanours, posted a photograph on social media of himself wearing a mask alongside a barber wearing gloves.

The post has been deleted but the 24-year-old’s actions will have deeply disappointed Bournemouth, who have opened an investigation.

Ibe said in a statement released through his representatives: “I didn’t think it through and I apologise. I made sure to wear protective equipment but I didn’t realise it was in breach of the guidelines. There wasn’t any intent to disobey the guidelines and as soon as it was brought to my attention, I took the post down immediately.”

Ibe’s flouting of the government’s physical-distancing guidelines comes three weeks after he was fined by the club for breaking the terms of a 16-month driving ban. Ibe was stopped behind the wheel by police despite being banned in March after crashing his car into a shop in Bromley, south-east London. This month Ibe said in a statement released by his representatives that he had entered rehabilitation to “concentrate on becoming a better person after making poor judgements”.

Tottenham, meanwhile, announced on Wednesday that they had launched an investigation after images emerged of Serge Aurier posing with a barber.

Ibe has not played for Bournemouth’s first team since September and had been training with the under-23s since December. Ibe arrived at Bournemouth from Liverpool in 2016 for a then club-record £15m but is out of contract next month.

A Bournemouth spokesman said: “We have launched an internal investigation, the outcome of which will remain confidential.”

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