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A group of Premier League footballers who were photographed together in a violation of UK COVID-19 regulations have apologized for their actions.
West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini posed for a photo inside with the Spurs trio Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Sergio Reguilon on Christmas Day, alongside up to 14 family members or friends without social distancing or masks .
The UK government ruled that London households could not mix on December 25 due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, with the capital and the South East moving to Level 4 days earlier.
After being caught on the spot, Lanzini, Lamela and Lo Celso have apologized.
In a tweet, Lanzini wrote: “I want to apologize for a serious mistake I made during Christmas and I take full responsibility for my actions. I know that people have made difficult sacrifices to stay safe and I should set a better example.”
His compatriot Lamela echoed that sentiment by tweeting: “I want to apologize for a decision I made at Christmas and I deeply regret. On reflection I understand the seriousness of my actions and the impact it has on others.
“I am truly grateful to everyone who works hard to keep us safe and I am ashamed to know that I have let people down.”
His Spurs teammate Lo Celso, the alleged host of the meeting, also posted his own apology, writing: “I want to apologize to everyone, I understand the great sacrifices people are making to support themselves and their loved ones. safe and the frustration you have expressed. ” towards me it is justified.
“I take responsibility for my actions, which I truly regret. I also wish to express my gratitude to all who work so hard to keep us all safe and I will do my best to set a better example in the future.”
One image, which was posted to Instagram by a friend who has since made his profile private, shows no fewer than 18 people mingling without social distancing.
Lanzini posted a photo of his own home on Christmas Day in which he can be seen in the same room, believed to be Lo Celso’s home, and wearing the same outfit as the group’s image.
Both the club and coach José Mourinho have expressed their anger at the behavior of the Tottenham players.
Speaking after the victory over Leeds, Mourinho told reporters when asked about his players’ violation of the rules: “We (the) club, of course, are disappointed because we give the players all the education, We give all the players all the conditions, and of course we are not happy, it was a negative surprise for us. “
A club statement read: “We are extremely disappointed and strongly condemn this image showing 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 rules are clear, there are no exceptions, and we regularly remind all of our players and staff of the latest protocols and their responsibilities to adhere and lead by example. The matter will be dealt with internally.”
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.”