Aurier’s third strike. Spurs defender facing the chop

May 21 – It almost defies belief. For the third time in a matter of weeks, Tottenham Hotspur’s Ivory Coast international defender  Serge Aurier has been accused of breaching of physical distancing rules and is facing a hefty fine, according to reports.

Aurier uploaded pictures on Instagram showing him getting a haircut even though hairdressers are closed under UK government regulations.

Spurs said they were “investigating the circumstances and will deal with the incident appropriately”.

But in a social media post on Wednesday, the full back hinted that there were double standards behind criticism he has received.

“My hairdresser is negative and me too, so stop talking in a vacuum,” he wrote. “Put on masks and gloves when you come to take pictures at the training centre – it’s part of the rules too.”

Aurier was among the Tottenham players who returned to training on Tuesday. He has already been in trouble twice during the pandemic lockdown after going out for a run with a friend and training too close to Tottenham teammate Moussa Sissoko who apologised and made a donation to the country’s National Health Service.

Tottenham have been plagued by social distancing issues, with even manager Jose Mourinho forced to apologise after taking a training session in a north London park with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele before restrictions were recently eased. First-team players Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon were also spotted running together in a separate incident.

Contact the writer of this story at moc.l1591040205labto1591040205ofdlr1591040205owedi1591040205sni@w1591040205ahsra1591040205w.wer1591040205dna1591040205