STarcoach José Mourinho from Tottenham Hotspur apologized for not adhering to the prescribed distance rule despite the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic in England. “I accept that my actions were not in line with government recommendations and that we should only have contact with members from our own household,” Mourinho said in a statement in the UK media.
Previously, footage of the 57-year-old Portuguese had appeared with three Tottenham Hotspur players. Mourinho was spotted training with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. In addition to the coach, central defender Davinson Sanchez and offensive player Ryan Sessegnon also violated this arrangement while jogging in Hadley Common Park in north London. “It is vital that we all do our part and follow the government’s instructions,” Mourinho said, “to help our heroes at the (National Health Service) NHS and save lives.”
In England, outdoor sports are allowed with a maximum of one other person, the safety distance is two meters. In addition, recordings of other Spurs players were in circulation during running training on social media, and they also did not keep the minimum distance. “Our players were reminded to respect social distance when exercising outside,” said a Spurs club spokesman. “We will reinforce this message.”
Tottenham had recently hit the headlines because the club had registered for the state aid program for employees on forced leave. In the same week it was also announced that club boss Daniel Levy was the highest paid official in English football last season with eight million euros.
England, meanwhile, is worried about its football hero Jimmy Greaves. The top scorer in English first division history (357 goals), world champion from 1966 and a legend at Tottenham Hotspur, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday, the club said. As the manager of the 80-year-old said on Wednesday, the treatment is not related to the coronavirus. “I can only say that no news is good news at the moment,” explained Terry Baker. Greaves will be examined further during the day: “Hopefully he won’t have to stay in the clinic for too long.” Greaves, fourth-best goal scorer in the history of the national team, had a serious stroke in 2015.