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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho (Lindsay Parnaby/PA)

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho (Lindsay Parnaby/PA)

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho (Lindsay Parnaby/PA)

Tottenham have issued a statement confirming they are 'extremely disappointed' with three of their players, after an image emerged of them attending a Christmas party.

A picture circulating on social media shows Erik Lamela, Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso together at a party along with West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini.

A spokesperson for Tottenham said: "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."

Lo Celso was already injured ahead of the game against Leeds on Saturday, but Lamela was not included in the Spurs squad and Reguilon was on the bench after starting most games this season.

This is not the first time Spurs’ players have broken lockdown rules as there were several incidents during the first lockdown in the spring.

Jose Mourinho was seen holding a personal training session with Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Davinson Sanchez were seen out running together, while Serge Aurier was a repeat offender, having a haircut and a personal training session with Moussa Sissoko.

West Ham also reminded Lanzini, who scored a last-gasp equaliser against Spurs in October, of his responsibilities.

A West Ham spokesperson said: "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."

This is the latest incident featuring footballers breaking Covid-19 restrictions, with Premier League chiefs eager to try and continue playing matches despite rising cases of the virus among their members.

Four Premier League games have been postponed due to Covid-19 outbreaks at Newcastle, Manchester City and Fulham, with several high-profile players and manager suggesting a brief break in matches may be required if cases continue to mount.

The latest game to be postponed is Sunday's game between Burnley and Fulham, with the Londoners still struggling to field a team after their game at Tottenham was called off at short notice due to Covid-19 issues.

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