Craig Willis started his new job as a groundworker and was tasked with paving an apartment complex near Cheshire.
He then saw Algerian star Mahrez wandering around the complex and decided to approach him for a picture.
'I think it's a bit out of order. Mahrez seemed pretty cool with it. I asked and he said: 'Yes, no problem," the dad of five explained per Metro.
Despite the 29-year-old reportedly being happy for a photo, Willis received a phone call later that evening telling him to not return for work the following day.
He had signed a form before starting the job, which stated approaching anyone while on the site would violate social distancing laws and result in dismissal.
"I took the selfie for my best mate - he's a Manchester City fan. I support Manchester United. But it's not everyday you see someone like that.
"Thinking about it, [two metres] is a rule, isn't it? If I've signed something then fair enough. You can't tell lies. I didn't think about it.
"I've broken the rules. But it wasn't explained properly. That's the only thing I can say about it.
"And I did ask him. I was working and he walked past. I said: 'Are you alright for a photo?' He then came towards me."
Mahrez will likely return to action this evening as City welcome Premier League champions Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium.
City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed his side will give The Reds a guard of honour after becoming champions - but Jurgen Klopp isn't sure how to feel.
The Liverpool boss explained in his pre-match press conference per Daily Mail: "I'm not sure if I've ever had one. It was a long time ago in Germany. I don't know if it's a tradition in Germany. It's a nice gesture - 100 per cent.
"I don't need it, to be honest. We go there to play a football game and win a football game.
"We don't celebrate a thing that happened a week before."
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