Tottenham's Sissoko, Aurier apologise after being pictured training together

Tottenham have issued a statement with an apology from Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier after the Spurs players were pictured training together during the coronavirus lockdown currently in place in the United Kingdom.

Additionally, the pair said they would make a donation to the NHS to show support for healthcare workers as they help fight the spread and treat those infected with the virus.

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The statement read: "We recognise that as professional footballers we have a responsibility to be role models, particularly during this uncertain period that everyone around the world is facing. We wish to apologise for not setting the right example here.

"We must all respect the government advice to minimise the number of lives lost during this pandemic. We cannot thank NHS staff enough for their tireless work at this time and we shall both be making a financial donation to show our support for their efforts."

This isn't the first time members of Tottenham have run aroul of the lockdown order after manager Jose Mourinho was forced to apologise for taking part in a training session at the beginning of April.

Mourinho was photographed at an outdoor training session at Hadley Common with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, despite government guidelines for people to stay indoors. Defenders Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon were also filmed by passers-by running together through the park.

Mourinho said: "I accept that my actions were not in line with government protocol and we must only have contact with members of our own household.

"It is vital we all play our part and follow government advice in order to support our heroes in the NHS and save lives."

Spurs said following the Mourinho incident they were unaware he was doing any training with the club's players.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium recently became the first to operate COVID-19 testing and swabbing for NHS staff, families and their dependents.