The Tottenham Hotspur trio Sergio Reguilon, Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso, as well as Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United, broke government COVID-19 regulations by spending Christmas Day together.
The UK government has ruled London households are not allowed to mix on Christmas Day due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the capital, while those in less affected areas are allowed to bubble no more than three households to celebrate the day.
The four London-based players were therefore banned from spending Christmas outside their own homes, but reports, including from the Daily Mail, note that the quartet were pictured together despite rules stating they must not mingle.
One image, posted to Instagram by a friend who has since made his profile private, sees no less 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 house – and wearing the same outfit as the group image.
“We are extremely disappointed and strongly condemn this image showing some of our players with their family and friends over Christmas, especially as we know the sacrifices everyone in the country has made to stay safe during the Christmas season. parties, ”Spurs said in a statement Gold Alasdair).
“The rules are clear, there are no exceptions, and we regularly remind all our players and staff of the latest protocols and their responsibilities to adhere to and lead by example. The matter will be dealt with internally. ”
Now, in perhaps the least surprising revelation of 2021 to date, the reporter Duncan’s Castles claims Lamela and Lo Celso tested positive for COVID-19 in preparation for Saturday’s game between Spurs and Leeds United.
Lo Celso is currently injured but Reguilon and Lamela both played in the recent meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
As for Lanzini, he has appeared in all three West Ham games since the so-called meeting of the players, visiting the pitch against Brighton, Southampton and Everton.
Despite the outbreak at the club, Spurs have reportedly not requested a postponement of the Leeds game and Jose Mourinho is ready to look to other options in his squad to deal with the duo’s absence.
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