Tottenham ‘extremely disappointed’ after three players attend party


The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham were seventh in the Premier League table before Saturday’s home game with Leeds United

Tottenham have criticised three of their players for breaching coronavirus rules by attending a party over Christmas.

A picture on social media showed Argentina forward Erik Lamela, Spain defender Sergio Reguilon and Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso at a party.

“We are extremely disappointed,” Tottenham said in a statement.

West Ham reminded Argentina forward Manuel Lanzini, who also attended, of his responsibilities.

Lanzini apologised in a tweet on Saturday, saying he made a “bad mistake”.

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said. “I know people have made difficult sacrifices to stay safe and I should be setting a better example.”

Lamela and Lo Celso were not involved in Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League win at home to Leeds, while Reguilo, who joined from Real Madrid in September, was on the bench.

David Lammy tweet
David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, criticised the players

The Spurs statement added: “We strongly condemned the image showing some of our players with family and friends together at Christmas, particularly as we know the sacrifices everybody around the country made to stay safe over the festive period.

“The rules are clear, there are no exceptions, and we regularly remind all our players and staff about the latest protocols and their responsibilities to adhere and set an example.

“The matter will be dealt with internally.”

Lamela has made two league starts and Lo Celso four this season.

Lanzini has featured in nine of West Ham’s 17 league games, coming on as a substitute in Friday’s 1-0 win at Everton.

A West Ham spokesperson said: “The club has set the highest possible standards with its protocols and measures relating to Covid-19 so we are disappointed to learn of Manuel Lanzini’s actions.

“The matter has been dealt with internally and Manuel has been strongly reminded of his responsibilities.”

Tottenham’s home league game with Fulham, scheduled to take place on 30 December, was called off three hours before kick-off after a number of Fulham players tested positive for coronavirus or showed symptoms.

Meanwhile, Fulham told BBC Sport they are looking into claims Aleksandar Mitrovic broke coronavirus rules by attending a New Year’s party with Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic.

Images on social media, reported in the Sunexternal-link, allegedly show the Serbia team-mates celebrating in London with at least seven other adults.

The mixing of households indoors is banned in London under the UK government’s tier four restrictions.

‘Mourinho must be so angry’ – Shearer analysis

Former England captain Alan Shearer on BBC Radio 5 Live

Jose Mourinho (Tottenham manager) has been so critical and vocal of how the Premier League handled their situation (the Fulham postponement), which I totally disagree with him.

You have to accept we’re in strange and difficult times – if it has to be called off at whatever time then it has to be called off.

To then see some of his players breaking the rules and laws, particularly when millions of people are sacrificing so much not only in this country but around the world, Mourinho must be so angry.

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