Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has accepted he was in the wrong for holding a one-on-one training session with Tanguy Ndombele in a public park.
Mourinho was pictured on social media flaunting government rules by meeting up with the midfielder on Hadley Common on Tuesday, even though they kept to social distancing guidelines.
Fellow Spurs players Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon were spotted running side by side in a separate session, while Serge Aurier filmed himself on Instagram running alongside a friend.
Mourinho has held his hands up and admitted that he was in the wrong.
“I accept that my actions were not in line with government protocol and we must only have contact with members of our own household,” he said [via the PA News Agency].
“It is vital we all play our part and follow government advice in order to support our heroes in the NHS and save lives.”
While Mourinho accepts he was in the wrong by holding the session, it was an isolated incident, with group sessions taking place online.
Tottenham released a statement about the incident prior to Mourinho’s apology, saying: “All of our players have been reminded to respect social distancing when exercising outdoors.
“We shall continue to reinforce this message.”
This is not the first time Premier League personnel have come under scrutiny for their behaviour during the lockdown.
A Government spokesperson told the PA news agency: “Our advice is clear and applies to everybody: stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
“You should only exercise by yourself or with your household and you should stay two metres away from anyone else at all times.
“Anyone not doing this is endangering people’s lives.”