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José Mourinho was ‘disappointed’ to learn that three of his players attended a Christmas party together, breaking government lockdown protocols.
After a convincing 3-0 win over Leeds, the Spurs coach was questioned about Sergio Reguilon, Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso, who were photographed gathering together with West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini to celebrate Christmas Day.
London is currently at Level 4, with heavy movement restrictions. The government currently states that all those in the high-risk area ‘should not gather socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of their home or support bubble.’
While Lamela and Lo Celso were absent in the win over Leeds due to pre-existing injury issues, Reguilion remained an unused substitute.
Mourinho told reporters after the game when asked about his players’ breaching the rules: “We (the) club, of course, are disappointed because we give the players all the education, we give all the Players all conditions, and of course they are not happy, it was a negative surprise for us. ”
The Spurs coach also revealed that he had personally gifted Reguilon a ‘Portuguese pig’, because he thought the defender would be alone.
Mourinho continued: “I gave an incredible gift to Reguilon, a Portuguese pig. Incredible for the Portuguese and the Spanish. They told me that he was going to spend Christmas alone and I had something on him.
“He was not alone, as you could see.”
Meanwhile, a West Ham spokesperson said: “The club has set the highest possible standards with its protocols and measures related 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 energetically reminded of his responsibilities.”
Meanwhile, Tottenham Labor MP David Lammy openly criticized the players in his twitter, labeling his actions as ‘so damn stupid and selfish’.
Tottenham also issued an official statement on the matter in which it said: “We are very disappointed and strongly condemn this image that shows some of our players with family and friends together at Christmas, especially as we know the sacrifices that everyone across the country made. to stay safe during the festive period.
“The matter will be dealt with internally.”