Mourinho dismisses idea of a Premier League two-week circuit-breaker

Jose Mourinho dismisses idea of a Premier League two-week Covid-19 circuit-breaker insisting ‘if you have 14 players available then you have to play’ – but Tottenham manager isn’t asked about his players’ own breach of protocols during Christmas

  • Jose Mourinho dismissed idea of the top flight having two-week circuit breaker 

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has stressed that he doesn’t agree with claims that the Premier League should have a two-week Covid-19 circuit-breaker.

Speaking after Tottenham’s 3-0 victory against Leeds, Mourinho insisted that teams should play if they have 14 players available.

Mourinho was frustrated after Tottenham’s game against Fulham in midweek was called off at short notice.

Speaking post-match, Mourinho said: ‘I don’t agree with that. I go back to the initial rules of if you have 14 players available then you have to play. I think every club does the best for their players to try and keep them all safe. 

‘But then there are moments in private lives which you cannot control. Not everyone can be blamed for that. I think we have to carry on. If somebody has some positives, you have to play.’

Several Premier League games have been called off recently as a consequence of coronavirus cases, including Burnley’s clash against Fulham, which was scheduled for Sunday.

Mourinho was not asked specifically about the members of his squad who breached coronavirus protocols at Christmas.

Tottenham issued an apology after Sergio Reguilon, Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela, along with West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, spent Christmas together.

The four players were pictured in one house with 11 other adults, two children and a baby. 

People living in Tier 4 areas were not permitted to mix with people from outside their household at Christmas. 

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