Tottenham Hotspur have reprimanded their manager Jose Mourinho and few members of their squad who were pictured training outdoors, a direct breach of government instructions in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0
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Furthermore, a video clip shows defenders Davinson Sánchez and Ryan Sessegnon running side-by-side which is a breach of government’s rule of maintaining two-metre distance while in public with anyone barring family members. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: State Govt Releases 2257 Convicts on Parole For 8 Weeks to Decongest jails
The Guardian quoted a Spurs spokesperson as saying that the club has spoken with the erring members. “All of our players have been reminded to respect social distancing when exercising outdoors. We shall continue to reinforce this message,’ the spokesperson was quoted as saying.
However, Mourinho has denied breaking protocol saying social distancing measures were followed during the makeshift training session.
Spurs have already copped criticism after chairman Daniel Levy reduced the wage of around 500 non-football staff by 20 per cent and placing some on furlough as well.
The club is the eighth richest in the world by revenue as per Deloitte.
The club’s supporters have asked Levy to reverse the wage cut and furlough.
Premier League leaders Liverpool FC had made a u-turn on their decision to furlough their staff with chief executive Peter Moore apologising to supporters in a letter after severe public backlash.