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Nuno Espirito Santo labels new guidelines for ‘ABSURD’ headings after admitting he didn’t follow them in training… as Tottenham boss called for rules to be relaxed despite links to dementia

  • Nuno Espirito Santo admitted he didn’t stick to my race limits during practice
  • Clubs advised players to have no more than 10 high-force headers per week
  • Premier League planned to talk to Tottenham boss after his comments
  • But the Portuguese boss has called for easing of regulations











Nuno Espirito Santo has criticized the new heading guidelines, calling it “absurd” to ask players not to headball and calling for a relaxation of the rules.

Tottenham manager Nuno last week became the first Premier League manager to admit he was not following the training limits put in place prior to this season.

Clubs were advised that players should not complete more than 10 high-force headers per week for fear of the link between headers and dementia.

Nuno Espirito Santo has slammed the new headline guidelines, calling it ‘absurd’

Nuno admitted last week that he was not sticking to the limits in terms of leading in Tottenham training

Nuno admitted last week that he was not sticking to the limits in terms of leading in Tottenham training

The Premier League — which agreed guidelines with the FA, EFL, PFA and LMA — planned to speak to Nuno after his comments and when asked if they had taken place, he said: ‘They know my point of view. How can I say ‘no’ to a player who is going to head a ball? There has to be some tolerance in that regard.

“If you’re playing a little game and the ball goes up in the air, tell me if it makes sense to say, ‘No head’? It’s absurd.

“What we are trying to avoid is this action of repeating over and over, because we are aware that it can cause dementia and we don’t want to harm our players.”

Spurs face Slovenian Mura in their second group stage match in the Europa Conference League on Thursday evening, with Nuno calling for an immediate reaction from his dismal players after their humiliation in Sunday’s North London derby.

Clubs were advised that players should not complete more than 10 high-force headers per week

Clubs were advised that players should not complete more than 10 high-force headers per week

He said: ‘The mood is not good. We are sad, disappointed. There is a feeling that we must realize that it is with us. It goes home with us, it doesn’t let us sleep but can only make us stronger. This is the moment when we must respond.’

Nuno not only took some of the blame for their 3-1 defeat to Arsenal, but also targeted his players for not following his instructions.

When asked how his team feels about his criticism, he said: “You’ll have to ask them. If you’re not performing as we want, the first step to do is to analyze yourself. Take a good look inside. See and go from there.’

Tottenham won the first three league games but lost the last three, with nine goals.

He called for an immediate response from his downbeat players after Spurs' derby defeat

He called for an immediate response from his downbeat players after Spurs’ derby defeat

Their lack of form coincided with rumblings of discontent in the locker room about Nuno and his methods, but he insisted: ‘Yes, (the players) fully believe (in my methods). There is no doubt about it, because we work together every day. We prepare together and we must stick together. We have the faith.’

Nuno added: ‘The moment we won was just covering (our problems) from the outside. Inside, we knew we had to improve things. Now it is clear that we need to improve things.’ The 47-year-old also urged authorities to prevent a new club against country feud in the next international match.

Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez missed two Tottenham games after the final break after defying a league-wide ban on travel to red-listed countries.

Lo Celso and Romero have been included in Argentina’s latest squad and the Spurs are in talks to see if a solution can be found to prevent or reduce the time their stars have to quarantine on their return.

Tottenham won the first three league games, but lost the last three and gave up nine

Tottenham won the first three league games, but lost the last three and gave up nine

Currently, players traveling back from red-listed countries must spend 10 days in hotel quarantine.

The government plans to relax that up to five days of isolation in club bubbles would be more acceptable to Spurs, while discussions are ongoing about whether fully vaccinated players can avoid quarantine altogether.

Nuno said: “We expect the governing bodies to make a decision that can protect the clubs during this break.

“We’ve been through this problem before and we don’t want the situation to happen again. We can’t afford to have our players out again.”

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