Four Premier League players from Tottenham and West Ham broke English lockdown laws by gathering in a house over Christmas just after the government tightened coronavirus restrictions in response to a new transmissible variant.
Tottenham and West Ham have condemned the mixing between households by their players, which was revealed by a photo posted on social media.
Tottenham trio Erik Lamela, Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso have been pictured working closely with West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini and others inside a house.
Restrictions in the London area prevent people from visiting any other home, apart from someone in a support bubble.
“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 everyone in the country made to stay safe during the period. of the holidays, “Tottenham said in a statement before Saturday. match against Leeds.
“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 join and lead by example. The matter will be dealt with internally.” , Tottenham said.
The controversy arises amid questions over whether the Premier League should suspend competition like last season during the pandemic.
Three matches were postponed last week as a COVID-19 outbreak in Fulham responsible for his Tottenham match was called off on Wednesday.