Pitch-side interviews could be cancelled after Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo suffered verbal abuse
According to The Sun, TV Broadcasters as well as Premier League clubs do not want to conduct pitch-side interviews anymore after Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Espirito Santo received verbal abuse from fans during a touchline chat.
It has not been a pleasant two weeks for Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham after suffering three successive defeats against London rivals. While losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea were taken with a pinch of salt, the defeat to North London rivals Arsenal did not go down well with a lot of Spurs fans.
However, it was actually fans of the Gunners who remained in the stadium after the derby on Sunday and were hurling the chant ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ at Nuno during his pitch-side interview.
The reason for doing interviews on the pitch in recent times has been to follow the necessary Covid protocols and to stop the spread of virus, something that can happen if reporters and the people being interviewed are in close proximity.
While this was followed peacefully when fans were not allowed in the stadium, TV hosts and Premier League now want to put a halt to this process before somebody is attacked. Tottenham boss Nuno had gone down the tunnel after being taunted by Arsenal fans and later returned for the interviews after the fans were cleared out of the stadium.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has also refused to interviews due to the same fear. Thus, from the coming weekend, the Premier League has allowed to let one host broadcaster i.e Sky Sports or BT Sport arrange an interview in the tunnel like it was conducted previously.
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However, there are several other interviews still to be done with a number of broadcasters. Thus, pitch-side interviews might not be completely abolished yet.