Spurs and West Ham slam stars for breaking Covid rules in Xmas Day gathering

Tottenham and West Ham have slammed a group of their players for breaking Covid-19 rules with a gathering on Christmas Day.

Spurs trio Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso, Sergio Reguilon and Hammers star Manuel Lanzini were pictured together with their families.

The image posted on Instagram is believed to have been taken inside Lo Celso's house.

People living in Tier 4 areas were prohibited to meet with other households indoors due to Government guidelines.

The picture shows the four players together with 11 other adults, two children and a baby.

Replicas of the Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue trophies, which Lo Celso won during his time at Paris Saint-Germain, can be seen in the background.

Lanzini shared a snap on his Instagram in the same house on Christmas Day, captioning: "Feliz Navidad."

Lamela, Lo Celso and Lanzini are international teammates for Argentina while Spaniard Reguilon joined Tottenham from Real Madrid in the summer.

Reguilon and Lamela both played for Spurs against Wolves on December 27 while Lo Celso is currently injured.

Lanzini featured for West Ham in all three of their fixtures over the festive period against Brighton, Southampton and Everton.

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Spurs said in a statement: “We are extremely disappointed and strongly condemn this image showing some of our players with family and friends together at Christmas.

"Particularly as we know the sacrifices everybody around the country made to stay safe over the festive period.

"The rules are clear, there are no exceptions, and we regularly remind all our players and staff about the latest protocols and their responsibilities to adhere and set an example.

"The matter will be dealt with internally."

West Ham added: "The Club has set the highest possible standards with its protocols and measures relating to Covid-19 so we are disappointed to learn of Manuel Lanzini’s actions.

“The matter has been dealt with internally and Manuel has been strongly reminded of his responsibilities.”

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