Jose Mourinho has dismissed the need for a two-week Premier League 'circuit break' after a sharp rise in UK Covid cases.
The Tottenham boss said clubs are doing a good job of keeping players safe, but warned footballers' lives cannot be controlled.
Mourinho said on BT Sport, following Tottenham's 3-0 win over Leeds: "I don't agree with that [a circuit break]. I go back to the initial rules of if you have 14 players available you have to play. I don't see another reason to not do it.
"I think every club does the best to try to keep the players safe.
"But then there are moments in private lives that you cannot control and of course, not everyone can be blamed for that so I think we have to carry on. And if somebody has some positive we have to play."
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Tottenham trio Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Sergio Reguilon, as well as West Ham's Manuel Lanzini, were pictured breaking Covid rules on Christmas Day.
Mourinho said: "As a club we feel disappointed because we gave the club all the conditions and we are not happy. It was a negative surprise for us."
A Spurs statement read: "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."
A West Ham statement 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."
Lanzini also posted an apology on Twitter, which read: "I want to apologise for a bad mistake I made over Christmas and I take full responsibility for my actions. I know people have made difficult sacrifices to stay safe and I should be setting a better example."
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