West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has had a pop at fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
There is no love lost between West Ham and Tottenham at the best of times.
Whether it is supporters teasing and tormenting one another, the clubs fighting over a stadium or going through the courts over an alleged spying scandal (BBC Sport).
Now Hammers vice-chair Brady has made a dig at Spurs in her latest controversial column in The Sun.
West Ham and Spurs have made headlines since football shutdown
West Ham and Tottenham fans have both seen their names dragged through the mud by their leaders in the wake of the coronavirus.
First Brady somehow made herself more unpopular by becoming the first senior Premier League club official to break ranks following the enforced shutdown, declaring the season should be null and void (The Sun).
Brady and West Ham were accused of distasteful self-interest.
So too were Spurs. First Harry Kane insisted the season should be cancelled if it cannot be restarted in June (Sky Sports). A cancelled season would likely see Tottenham reinstated in the Champions League for a new campaign.
Then Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy caused uproar by placing 550 non-playing staff on the government’s furlough scheme (BBC Sport).
Brady has a pop at Mourinho
Jose Mourinho was then forced to apologise after being pictured breaking the government’s strict lockdown rules by taking a training session in a park with a number of Tottenham players. Mourinho has since apologised (Sky News).
The latest indiscretion from Mourinho did not escape the attention of Brady.
She criticised Tottenham over their public training session. And Brady said her own players had strictly adhered to the lockdown rules even though many are ‘climbing the walls’.
“The restart is delayed until the virus is at least well under control, and who knows when that will be?,” Brady said in The Sun.
‘My players are climbing the walls’
“Even then, matches could be behind closed doors. This would save about £760million on our TV contracts but do nothing for all the other lost income.
“And, as worried as I am about the financial impact, I am more worried about the health and wellbeing of my players. All PL football players are in lockdown at home (except some of the Spurs ones!) and there is only so much you can do to keep fit on a treadmill.
“Some of my players are in flats, have no access to a garden and are literally, and I mean literally… climbing the walls!”