Neil Warnock has blasted the Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal players who were caught ignoring the UK government’s coronavirus lockdown rules.
Jose Mourinho first ended up in hot water when he was pictured in a training session with Tanguy Ndombele earlier this month, while Ryan Sessegnon and Davinson Sanchez were also seen running together without respecting the Government’s social distancing rules.
It was an embarrassing incident for the club, and the Spurs boss had to apologise for his actions.
Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier were then seen violating the regulations earlier this week when the latter posted a video on social media showing the duo running in close proximity.
The pair have since apologised for their actions and vowed to donate to the NHS in their fight against COVID-19.
However, it’s not just Spurs stars who have been caught violating the government’s guidelines as some Arsenal players have also been guilty.
Nicolas Pepe was pictured enjoying a casual kickabout with friends at the park while Alexandre Lacazette was spotted chatting to a car valeter outside his home. David Luiz and Granit Xhaka were also seen meeting up in Southgate (Metro).
Warnock is in under no illusions about the severity of the COVID-19 threat and believes that footballers have to realise the consequences of their actions.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the former Cardiff City manager said: “They’ve got to be responsible, haven’t they?
“Already a few weeks ago there was something like this with the Tottenham players in the park, so you would have thought everybody would have learned by now.
“We’re talking life or death here; I don’t think people realise. It is everywhere and you’ve just got to be so careful.
“It’s just horrendous when the end of your days come in these circumstances. When I looked the other day and there was a three-year-old dying and the parents weren’t allowed in, I just don’t know what’s happening.
“It’s absolutely frightening and that’s why we’ve got to adhere to what they are saying. Like the Arsenal lads – there’s no need to get publicity like that.”
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Warnock is right in saying that footballers do need to be more responsible given their public personas as many people look up to them. However, we shouldn’t come down on them too hard as we all know they aren’t the only ones violating the government’s rules.
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