Jose Mourinho was “disappointed” after discovering that three of his players had attended a Christmas party together, breaking government lockdown protocols.
After a convincing 3-0 win over Leeds, the Spurs manager was asked about Sergio Reguilon, Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso, who were pictured reuniting with West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini to celebrate Christmas Day.
London is currently at level 4, with heavy movement restrictions. The government currently declares that anyone in the high-risk area “should not socialize indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or the support bubble. “.
While Lamela and Lo Celso were absent from the win over Leeds due to pre-existing injury issues, Reguilion remained an unused replacement.
Mourinho told reporters after the game when asked about the violation of his players’ rules: “We (the) club, of course, are disappointed because we give the players all the education, we give to all players all conditions, and of course we are not satisfied – it was a bad surprise for us, ”
The Spurs boss also revealed that he personally offered Reguilon a ‘Portuguese piglet’ as he believed the defender would be on his own.
Mourinho continued: “I gave Reguilon an incredible gift – a Portuguese piglet. Incredible for the Portuguese and the Spanish. I was told he was going to spend Christmas alone and I thought of him.
“He was not alone as you could see.”
Meanwhile, a West Ham spokesperson said: “The club have set the highest possible standards with their COVID-19 protocols and measures, 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.”
Labor MP for Tottenham meanwhile, David Lammy, has openly criticized the players on his Twitter, calling their actions “so stupid and selfish”.
Tottenham also issued an official statement on the matter saying: “We are extremely disappointed and strongly condemn this image showing some of our players with their family and friends together over Christmas, especially as we know the sacrifices that everyone in the country agreed to stay safe. festive period.
“The matter will be dealt with internally.”