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Jamie Redknapp speaks out over Mason Mount’s ‘stupid’ coronavirus breach


Mason Mount defied Chelsea’s guidelines as he was spotted playing football with Declan Rice (Picture: Getty)

Jamie Redknapp admits Mason Mount made a ‘big mistake’ by ignoring Chelsea’s self-isolation guidelines but urged critics to forgive the midfielder after his ‘stupid’ error of judgment.

A member of the public spotted Mount having a casual kickabout with Declan Rice and others in Barnet on Sunday despite Chelsea’s strict instructions to avoid such activities after Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the coronavirus.

The England international has since apologised to Frank Lampard for his behaviour over the phone and Chelsea’s squad have been reminded of their responsibilities amid the devastating health crisis.

Speaking about Mount’s lapse of judgement on Sky Sports’ The Debate, ex-Liverpool and England star Redknapp said: ‘He’s made a mistake. He’s a great kid, a really nice boy, well educated, he’s got a lovely family behind him.

‘He’s made a mistake, I remember making plenty of mistakes when I was his age and I’m sure with Frank and everybody at the club will stick by him.

‘We’ve all done stupid things in our time. He is a brilliant young man, that’s all I can say.’

Redknapp has jumped to Mount’s defence after his ‘big mistake’ (Picture: Getty)

Redknapp believes Mount will feel awful about his behaviour considering the seriousness of the current COVID-19 pandemic but hopes fans are able to forget the incident in time.

‘We all want to get back to watching football and not sit here talking about something that’s so serious but that’s life, we just have to get on with it,’ he added.

‘He loves the game and that’s the problem but as I say it was just the wrong time for him to do it.

‘Knowing him, I’ve met him a few times, he’ll feel so bad about what he’s done.

‘He’s made a big mistake but there will be people all around the world who should be self-isolating that are not so let’s just forget about it now, he’s made a mistake and everybody just moves on.’

Lampard has urged fans to take care of each other during the pandemic (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has called on the public to take care of one another amid the coronavirus crisis and reassured fans that Callum Hudson-Odoi was recovering well in self-isolation.

‘I’m happy to say that in Callum’s case, he has made great progress and almost feels his usual self, which is obviously the news we all want to hear,’ Lampard said.

‘I am of course aware that not everyone can or will recover from this virus, so I urge all of the football and sporting community to continue to act responsibly and look out for the health of others.

‘I want to make it clear that I am no medical expert when it comes to challenging times such as these but please do take the time to call older relatives and vulnerable people who might be alone, or offer to drop round shopping if they can’t get out. Let’s make sure we all take care of each other.

‘Social distancing can leave us feeling isolated, however we can continue to support each other even if that means doing it remotely.

‘Of course we still don’t know when competitive football will restart, but it isn’t worth worrying about that too much at the moment.

‘We all miss football, but right now it’s about acting responsibly and in the best interests of society. I am sure I wasn’t the only one who found myself in a strange place with no sport this weekend, but ultimately none of that matters when we consider the bigger picture.’

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John Terry sends message to Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic after crushing his hand


The former Chelsea skipper doesn’t know his own strength! (Picture: Amazon Prime Video)

John Terry has cheekily apologised to Mateo Kovacic after the Chelsea midfielder was left wincing in pain following a very powerful handshake from the Aston Villa assistant.

The former Blues skipper was in the opposition dugout at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night as goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount secured a 2-1 victory for the hosts.

Terry was given a warm reception on his return to a club where he spent 22 years as a player, with fans staying behind to chant his name after the full-time whistle.

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Kovacic will certainly remember the night, with Terry having left his mark on the Croatian as he went to shake hands with the Villa assistant after the match.

The Chelsea midfielder grimaced as he grabbed hands with Terry, shaking his hand in pain as he walked down the tunnel, while Terry held out his hand as an apology as he walked off.

Chelsea uploaded the clip on Instagram and tagged their former skipper, writing: ‘Easy on the handshake, John!’

He obviously found it very amusing, replying with both a laughing face emoji and flexing arm emoji, as well as tagging Kovacic and writing, ‘Sorry mate’.

After almost pulling off Kovacic’s hand, Terry enjoyed a touching moment on the Stamford Bridge pitch as fans applauded a legend of the club, though he admitted it was rather surreal to be back.

Asked about his emotional return to Stamford Bridge, he told ChelseaTV: ‘Really strange actually, obviously being back for the first time since I stopped playing. A great reception from the supporters.

‘It’s a difficult one, because obviously we lost the game and you don’t want to go out but I needed to show my appreciation and the fans done that at the end of the game as well, which was amazing for me.

‘So really humbled to be back and get the reception after a couple of years, so big thank you to all the supporters that sung my name today.’

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