Former Tottenham forward Garth Crooks has blasted Jose Mourinho for labelling the Premier League’s decision to call off Spurs’ clash against Fulham last week just hours leading up to the game as ‘unprofessional’.
Tottenham’s clash against Fulham had to be postponed after a number of positive COVID-19 tests in the Cottagers camp but there was no official confirmation on the matter until just hours before kick-off (BBC).
Mourinho initially took to Instagram to complain about the lack of communication from the Premier League.
The Spurs boss later compared the situation to when he was coaching children back in Portugal.
However, Crooks believes that Mourinho was wrong to mock the decision and insisted that authorities are having to deal with an unprecedented situation amid the pandemic.
The pundit wrote in his BBC Sport column: “What made labelling the decision to postpone the event ‘unprofessional’ even more ludicrous was that Covid-19 harbours a capacity to strike anyone at any time. That’s why our hospitals are near breaking point.
“In order for the national game to continue amid the coronavirus restrictions must take extraordinary planning.
“So to see an unforgiving Mourinho sarcastically mocking the Premier League on social media with the tag ‘best league in the world’ after arriving at the ground at 2pm still not knowing if his fixture was going ahead grated with me.”
Crooks also insisted that Mourinho was left with egg on his face when Erik Lamela, Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso broke the government rules and were pictured in a Christmas party along with several other adults.
He added: “However, Mourinho was left with egg on his face when three of his players breached Covid-19 restrictions by attending a Christmas party. Mourinho’s explanation on Match of the Day was lame.
“To even suggest he can’t monitor his players 24/7 was pathetic – he shouldn’t have to. By breaking the rules, his players put people’s health and safety at risk.
“Well, we all make mistakes but I think the term ‘unprofessional’ should not be directed at Fulham or the Premier League, but at Mourinho and his three players.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Tottenham and Mourinho were critical of Lamela, Lo Celso and Reguilon and made it quite clear that their behaviour was not acceptable. However, the Spurs boss’ criticism of a lack of communication from the Premier League was valid.
Even though it is true that we are in unprecedented circumstances, the Premier League have to finalise the decision on whether a match is going ahead or not, atleast 12 hours before the game
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