The Daily Mail have revealed that Premier League stars have been asked to stop posting holiday snaps on social media in order to avoid awkward questions on their return to the UK.
Several of Tottenham’s first-team stars, including the likes of Dele Alli, Giovani Lo Celso, Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies, have been pictured soaking in the Sun during the off-season break ahead of a return to training next week.
There was previously some confusion over whether some footballers might be asked to isolate for 14 days on their return to the UK or whether they will be exempt from having to observe the quarantine as they fall into the elite sportsman category (Football.London).
The Daily Mail now claims that only those who have qualified for European competitions will be eligible for the exemption based on the elite sportsmen category.
While this would exempt Tottenham’s stars owing to their involvement in the Europa League next season, it revealed that all players have been informed to stop posting pictures on Snapchat, Instagram, or Twitter from locations like Ibiza and Marbella.
The report claims that the move has been driven by a desire to not alert the general public to the whereabouts of various footballers and subsequent questions surrounding quarantine as the UK government has been advising its citizens to avoid non-essential trips.
Spurs Web Opinion
With frequent testing and safety measures in place in the various training grounds, I do not expect any footballer to be asked to self-isolate on their return to the UK. However, it is sensible to avoid posting holiday snaps as that might cause grievance among the public about the double-standards with respect to how travel restrictions are enforced by the government.
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