West Ham's Manuel Lanzini donates to foodbank after lockdown scandal

Covid rule-breaker Manuel Lanzini donates to London foodbank in bid to make up for him spending Christmas with three Tottenham stars… as he and West Ham ‘want something good to come’ from the incident

  • Manuel Lanzini was seen breaking London’s coronavirus rules over Christmas
  • The midfielder attended a party with three Tottenham players and their families
  • Sergi Reguilon, Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso were also in attendance 
  • The West Ham player has pledged to donate to a London foodbank as a response
  • Lanzini has featured in all three of West Ham’s league games since Christmas

West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini has pledged to make a donation to an east London foodbank to make up for him breaking coronavirus restrictions over Christmas.

The Argentinian midfielder was seen celebrating Christmas with Tottenham players Erik Lamela, Sergi Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso and their families which contradicted London’s lockdown rules. 

Lanzini had already apologised for his actions on social media but revealed on Friday night that he had spoken to the club and decided to make a donation to the Newham Foodbank, a cause described as important to the Hammers community. 

Manuel Lanzini has donated to a London foodbank in response to breaking Covid-19 rules

Lanzini (top third right) was seen spending Christmas Day with three Spurs players at a party 

Lanzini posted on social media: ‘I thought a lot about my actions at Christmas and I know I cannot change what happened but I’ve spoken to the Club and the manager and want something good to come from it.

‘I’ve been at West Ham a long time so I know what the community means to the Club and want to give back to a cause that matters to us all, our community and fans. 

‘I will be making a donation to a great cause in the Newham Foodbank and I hope this can help them during a difficult time.’ 

The Argentinian claims he has spoken to the club and will now donate to Newham Foodbank

Following the Christmas Day celebration, Lanzini featured in all three of West Ham’s Premier League fixtures since December 25. 

Both West Ham and Tottenham were furious with their players for breaking the London restrictions which banned households from mixing during the current global pandemic.

Responding to the incident, West Ham released a statement, which read: ‘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.

Lanzini had already apologised for the incident with West Ham condemning his actions

Meanwhile, Erik Lamela (L) and Sergi Regulion (R) have been dropped by Spurs since the party

‘The matter has been dealt with internally and Manuel has been strongly reminded of his responsibilities.’ 

Meanwhile, it was revealed this week the Spurs trio involved in the gathering were all fined by the north London club despite calls for a suspension. All three players were also reminded of their responsibilities by Tottenham.

Lo Celso has been struggling with a hamstring injury so would have missed the matches anyway, while Reguilon was left out of the starting line-up of Tottenham’s festive fixture with Leeds after details of the gathering were revealed.

Lamela missed Spurs’ Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Brentford in midweek, though manager Jose Mourinho did not go into detail surrounding the midfielder’s absence.  

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