Scott Parker hits back at Jose Mourinho claim that Fulham owe him an apology

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Fulham boss and ex-Spurs star Scott Parker has hit back at Jose Mourinho’s claim that the Cottagers should apologise for naming a strong starting XI in the Premier League last night.

Tottenham vs Fulham was originally scheduled to be played on December 30 but had to be rescheduled due to an outbreak of COVID-19 within the Fulham camp.

After Spurs’ match against Aston Villa on Wednesday was called off for similar reasons, the Premier League decided to schedule Tottenham vs Fulham for the same evening.

Scott Parker had spoken strongly against the idea of playing a fixture with only 48 hours notice for his side, while Jose Mourinho claimed that Tottenham could not have another game postponed.

The Spurs head coach then argued in the build-up to the match that, while he would be the first to apologise to Fulham if they turned up with a weakened team, the Cottagers should apologise if they were able to name a strong XI (Football London).

In the end, Scott Parker’s men managed to earn a point at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but the Fulham boss will not be apologising any time soon.

He said (Sky Sports): “I owe no one an apology, this football club owes no one an apology.

“You can talk from the outside and people can see what they want to see and work out exactly what the script is but it was far from that.

“There were two players on that pitch that had only trained for one day, they’d come back from Covid-19 and played in that game.

“I had players on the pitch that had just three or four days of training. The issue for me regarding this fixture wasn’t having just two days to prepare for it. I understand that.

“The issue was 16 days ago this game was scheduled in but since then we’ve had 10 positive cases, including a couple of staff and then on Monday morning we got told we had to play this game. That was my issue.

“People understood the predicament we were in – we weren’t making it up. We’ve been very open, in terms of the safety of others too.

“This team came with a purpose and two days of hard work. In the end, we go away with a pleasing result.”

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