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Jose Mourinho accepts park training session was wrong

Spurs boss pictured flouting coronavirus social-distancing guidelines during lockdown

08 April, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

SPURS boss Jose Mourinho accepts he was wrong after being pictured flouting coronavirus social-distancing guidelines.

Mourinho was caught leading a personal training session with record-signing Tanguy Ndombele on Hadley Common in Barnet, north London, yesterday (Tuesday).

Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon were also filmed running together through the same park, while fellow teammate Serge Aurier filmed himself on Instagram running alongside a friend.

Tottenham said they have spoken to the players to “remind them to respect” the government’s coronavirus guidelines, which state individuals should stand at least two metres (6ft) apart at all time, and exercise outdoors can only be undertaken with one other person from your own household.

Mourinho said: “I accept that my actions were not in line with government protocol and we must only have contact with members of our own household.

“It is vital we all play our part and follow government advice in order to support our heroes in the NHS and save lives.”

A spokesperson for Tottenham said: “All of our players have been reminded to respect social distancing when exercising outdoors. We shall continue to reinforce this message.”

The news comes with Spurs already facing a public backlash after 550 non-playing employees, some of whom have been furloughed, were made to take a 20 per cent wage cut, while the players’ salaries currently remain untouched.

Tottenham posted profits of £69m last year and are the eighth richest club in the world, with owner Joe Lewis worth an estimated £3.9 billion.

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