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Covid-19 breaches: Club fans fume at players who breach protocols

Benjamin Mendy was named on the bench for Manchester City's game against Chelsea on Sunday

Football clubs have been urged to be stronger on players who breach coronavirus protocols.

Players from Tottenham, Fulham, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Manchester City have been criticised by their clubs for breaking England’s tier four restrictions over the new year holiday.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho said he was disappointed after three of his players attended a party over Christmas against regulations.

“It’s disrespectful to the fans and to your team-mates,” ex-Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“If I was still playing now, I would be desperate to play, so why would you want to put yourself at risk by stepping out of line?

“Players are in a very privileged position and you have to realise you are giving something back at this very vital time, try your best to be a role model. The families have to do this as well.”

Former Blackburn striker Chris Sutton also told 5 Live: “It doesn’t sit right with me that players are being allowed to play games or be on the bench if they breached rules.

“The club should say you have broken the rules you are not playing. Premier League players shouldn’t get special favours and they are.”

“Clubs need to be stronger,” current Derby defender Curtis Davies added on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“You can’t say ‘deal with it internally’ and still play them. That will fall on deaf ears. To make a real message, you have to drop them from teams.”

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