The especially stupid one: Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho faces police warning after organising a training session for three of his players in a London park
- Tottenham Hotspur stars have been spotted training out in London together
- Manager Jose Mourinho was spotted leading Spurs stars in a session in Barnet
- Photos and videos emerged of players running and jogging on Hadley Common
- A club spokesperson said stars had been ‘reminded’ to respect social distancing
Footage has emerged of Tottenham Hotspur stars ignoring social-distancing rules by meeting up and training side-by-side in north London – in a session that was reportedly arranged by manager Jose Mourinho.
A video appeared on social media on Tuesday afternoon which appeared to show defender Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon jogging side by side on Hadley Common – something that could see Mourinho face a police warning with the rest of the country currently on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Evening Standard, the session has not gone down well with Tottenham. Sanchez, Sessegnon and Tanguy Ndombele all live locally with the trio and Mourinho all having been reminded about social distancing guidelines.
Tottenham duo Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon were spotted out running on Tuesday
Boss Jose Mourinho was also spotted out with players as he appeared to take a training session
Mourinho and his players appeared to flout social distancing rules by meeting up in Barnet
Official advice during the coronavirus pandemic is that all individuals should stand at least two metres apart at all time, and exercise outdoors can only be undertaken with one other person from your own household.
Further images of manager Mourinho – wearing Spurs training attire, standing with other players also came to light as they went through running drills.
The pictures, posted on an Arsenal fan account, appeared with the caption: ‘Spurs players and manager training at Hadley common (Barnet) today!! They really aren’t doing themselves any favours during this period.’
In a separate video, Serge Aurier was also seen out running, side-by-side, with a friend.
In a separate video, Ivory Coast international defender Serge Aurier was seen out with a friend
WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S FURLOUGH SCHEME?
When an employee is placed on furlough they are temporarily put on a leave of absence and not paid, although they remain on the payroll, meaning that they do not lose their job.
This could be because there is no work for these employees, or that the company is not able to afford to pay them, because of the effects of the coronavirus crisis.
In the United Kingdom, the Government is offering to pay 80 per cent of a furloughed employee’s wages, up to £2,500 per month, until they are able to resume their job full time. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will last for at least three months from March 1.
It is the latest in a line of incidents involving Premier League players flouting social distancing rules during the government imposed lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis.
When approached for comment, a club spokesperson said: ‘All of our players have been reminded to respect social distancing when exercising outdoors.
‘We shall continue to reinforce this message.’
Spurs have already come under pressure during the pandemic for their decision to put non-playing staff on furlough.
The decision was made despite the club announcing record profits of £69m during the last financial year.
Tottenham’s official supporters’ group have publicly criticised the decision after the north London outfit followed Newcastle in becoming the second Premier League club to announce they will take full use of the government’s job retention scheme.
Liverpool had also issued notice of their intention to do likewise, but announced on Tuesday that they had reversed their decision following a fierce backlash from fans and pundits alike.
Spurs said that they would remind Mourinho and his players to respect social distancing