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Grimsby Town boss blasts footballers for breaching lockdown rules

Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway says it "beggars belief" that footballers continue to breach lockdown restrictions.

England international defender Kyle Walker who was born in Sheffield, apologised over the weekend after he was reported to have hosted a party during the coronavirus pandemic.

it's almost brainless. What on earth are you doing having a party like that? It's bang out of order.

– Ian Holloway, Grimsby Town
Kyle Walker from Sheffield apologised for having a party during Lockdown Credit: PA

Walker said his "actions were in direct contrast to what I should have been doing regarding the lockdown".

The day after the defender's apology, his club manager Pep Guardiola lost his mother to coronavirus, and Grimsby boss Holloway told radio station talkSPORT

First off I'd like to send my love and best wishes to Pep as he's lost his mum.

The reality of that and then you have one of your players (Walker), I'd be looking to get him out of the club, that's not right and it's so irresponsible.

You end up believing in your hype and you think you can control the world.

– Ian Holloway, talking on Talksport
Holloway believes Nurses and Doctors should be paid 'top money' not 'entertainers' Credit: PA

Holloway, who has given his League Two players a pre-season-style programme to follow during the lockdown, says the current crisis shows the world has its priorities wrong.

It's so disrespectful to generations and generations who fought for us, it's all wrong

I think the world is upside down, the top money should not be paid to entertainers, but the people keeping us safe on the frontline and the Government need to make sure these doctors and nurses are paid the top money so people want to do that for real.

– Ian Holloway