Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has this afternoon been forced to issue a statement, after the Portuguese tactician was found guilty of having intentionally broken social distancing guidelines.
Mou’s secret session
The big story across the English media last night surrounded the actions of Mourinho.
As reported by a number of reliable sources, the Tottenham boss opted to hold a small ‘training session’ with 3 of his side’s stars yesterday afternoon.
The players involved were Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Davinson Sanchez, all of whom live close to Hadley Common in Barnet, where the session is said to have taken place.
#thfc Mourinho believed to have organised a “training session” with Ndombele, Sessegnon & Sanchez on Hadley Common in Barnet today. All live locally. Everyone involved has been reminded about social distancing guidelines. Safe to say club is v unimpressed.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) April 7, 2020
‘Not in line’
Spurs, for their part, were unsurprisingly left altogether unimpressed by Mourinho’s actions, which directly broke social distancing guidelines to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
The Lilywhites’ hierarchy, however, were far from the only ones to have been left baffled by the carelessness with which the Portuguese acted.
Mourinho faced a heavy backlash online last night, as football fans and the general public alike turned on the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss.
And, as outlined above, this has since forced Mourinho into issuing a public statement, addressing the seriousness of his actions:
‘I accept that my actions were not in line with government protocol and we must only have contact with members of our own household.’
The 57-year-old went on to urge all across the United Kingdom to remain in their homes, in a bid to support the front line ‘heroes’ in the NHS:
‘It is vital we all play our part and follow government advice in order to support our heroes in the NHS and save lives.’
Quotes via the Guardian