Spurs pair issue statement to apologise for not setting the right example

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Moussa Sissoko
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Jose Mourinho, Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Davinson Sanchez came in for a lot of criticism a couple of weeks ago when they were pictured training outdoors defying the Government’s lockdown regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic (Good Morning Britain via the Express).

The news broke at the worst possible time for Tottenham, who were already at the receiving end of criticism for their decision to announce that 550 employees will be paid 80 per cent of their salary for April and May, with the Government’s furlough scheme utilised, a decision which the club has since since reversed.

Just when it appeared as if things were on the mend, Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier have now been found guilty of the also breaching guidelines.

Aurier posted a video of himself and Sissoko training in close proximately, ignoring the government’s guidelines not to exercise with anyone outside of their own household.

The pair have now issued an unequivocal apology for their actions and vowed to make a financial donation to the NHS to aid them in the fight against the virus.

According to Football.London, the statement from the duo read: “We recognise that as professional footballers we have a responsibility to be role models, particularly during this uncertain period that everyone around the world is facing.

“We wish to apologise for not setting the right example here. We must all respect the government advice to minimise the number of lives lost during this pandemic.

“We cannot thank NHS staff enough for their tireless work at this time and we shall both be making a financial donation to show our support for their efforts.”

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For Aurier to himself post a video of the training session on social media is mind-numbingly stupid especially after the controversy that kicked off a couple of weeks ago. The sooner that the players are asked to move into Hotspur Way, the better it is for the club as it doesn’t look like they can be trusted to practise social distancing.

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