The striker was apologetic after breaching quarantine protocol but explained he was badly instructed.

Luka Jovic has apologised for breaching self-isolation steps in Serbia, and the Real Madrid striker claims he wasn’t given”the appropriate instructions”.

Jovic has returned to Serbia following the La Liga season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Madrid had become quarantine after a participant in their basketball team tested positive for the virus, which has nearly 18,000 confirmed instances in Spain.

Jovic was expected to observe 28 days of self-isolation in Serbia but was allegedly seen outside of the apartment.

The 22-year-old addressed the issue in a series of stories on his Instagram webpage , stating he had been of the understanding he could visit a pharmacy – since he was able to in Madrid.

“Since the situation on earth and in our country is extremely tough, I must come forward and provide support to my people,” Jovic wrote.

“First of all, I am quite sorry that I’m the principal topic nowadays and that I’m constantly being written about, not the heroes of the crisis, physicians and all the healthcare professionals.

“While in Spain, I [tested] negative for coronavirus and chose to come to Serbia to assist and encourage our people and be near my loved ones, according to the officials.

“When I landed in Serbia, I was once again tested and coronavirus negative.

“it’s quite unfortunate for me that some people did their job unprofessionally and didn’t give me the appropriate instructions for how to act in self-isolation.

“In Spain, I had been permitted to go to a drugstore and a supermarket so I could find the groceries I wanted, which isn’t the case here.

“I apologise to all the people if I compromised them somehow and I hope that we can figure out how to get through all this together. Support Serbia and let us stick together.”

Ascoli winger Nikola Ninkovic also allegedly breached protocol, and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic pledged in a news conference that repeat offences would prompt arrests.

“These young guys are millionaires so that they believe they can do everything – you can not do everything,” Vucic said.

“Everyone will be seriously punished, all who disobey the law. The simplest thing to do is punish them.

“I am sure those two boys that have said guilt have been reported, and I hope we can avoid it. Both of them are in isolation, and if they attempt to get out, they’ll be arrested.

“They’re basically good men, I know them. We have many who should be responsible and haven’t gone into isolation.”