Report: PL clubs and broadcasters want feature scrapped after Nuno incident

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Nuno Espirito Santo
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Premier League clubs and television broadcasters are hoping to abolish post-game interviews taking place pitchside amidst increasing abuse and safety concerns, according to The Sun. 

The call for change comes after Nuno Espirito Santo was goaded on the touchline at the Emirates Stadium following Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal. 

Chants of ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ bellowed from the Gunners faithful who stayed behind to celebrate their side’s derby triumph, subsequently causing Nuno’s interview to be halted on numerous occasions. 

That has now triggered concern from a host of clubs and broadcasters over the safety of managers and players, who are likely to be under a siege of abuse from the terraces. 

The report from The Sun adds that Premier League officials are considering the severity of the problem, and are set to allow one broadcaster to conduct their interviews in the tunnel starting from this weekend.  

Over the last year-and-a-half, broadcast interviews have taken place outside on the pitch as opposed to their usual spot in the tunnel to adhere with COVID-19 protocols. 

The absence of supporters made the practice no issue, but their return has complicated the way they can now be carried out, as demonstrated on Sunday. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

A tough afternoon was made to be even tougher on Sunday after his post-game interview was crashed by rowdy, celebratory Arsenal fans. It is a little naive from the Premier League and broadcasters to continue carrying out interviews in this manner, with a large majority of individuals at clubs now better protected from contracting the virus. 

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