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David Moyes Defends Footballers Who Breached Covid Regulations

David Moyes Defends Footballers Who Breached Covid Regulations

A number of Premier League players have come under fire in recent weeks for breaching covid-19 regulations.

The festive period saw the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Erik Lamela, and Manuel Lanzini (to name but a few) were widely criticised for attending new year's parties recently.

This led for some to call for tougher penalties for those who are found to be flouting the rules, including potential bans. The issue has come even more into focus now that a number of teams have suffered coronavirus outbreaks within the squad.

However, David Moyes believes that players should not be singled out by the public for breaking coronavirus restrictions.

West Ham's Lanzini was amongst the players found to be going against the guidelines, but his manager said that we need to be sure we are not picking on footballers more than any other members of society.

Well, if you are going to take tough measures on players, then you might as well take on the Government people as well who have broken the rules because it's certainly not just football players who have done it.

You have got to be careful. A lot of people are throwing stones in glass houses at the moment regarding this. We all know what the protocols are, we all know we have to be ever-vigilant and make sure we are doing the right things.

But we can all make mistake as well. Manuel Lanzini understood he made a mistake, he has apologised for it, he's made a donation to the foodbanks for what he's done and I think it was a really good gesture.

But you've got to be careful. There are a lot of people out there who are claiming that things should be different and I think the players are doing a remarkable job to keep football going, keep them playing.

Now and again, they will make mistakes, there's no doubt about that.

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The players involved have been punished by their respective clubs, but the Premier League is likely to take a dim view to any future breaches.

Yesterday, the league 'reminded clubs of their obligations' after a recent surge in cases around the division.

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