Arsenal women ‘understand impact’ of controversial trip to Dubai
Toolbox Women supervisor Joe Montemurro states his gamers that took a trip to Dubai “understand the impact of their actions” however stated he will leave it to the “greater Arsenal” to choose whether they need to make a public apology.
Montemurro was promoting the very first time given that Telegraph Sport exposed recently that 3 of Toolbox’s gamers had actually gone to the United Arab Emirates throughout the Women’s Super League Christmas break which one consequently evaluated favorable for Covid-19.
The gamers, who the club state taken a trip for ‘business’ factors, have actually apologised to their team-mates, after the variety of gamers who needed to separate recently implied that Toolbox’s video game versus Aston Vacation home was cancelled.
A number of gamers from other WSL clubs likewise took a trip to Dubai over Christmas, consisting of 4 from Manchester City who consequently evaluated favorable for Covid-19, while Manchester United employer Casey Stoney apologised last Friday for enabling a few of her own gamers to go.
Montemurro, whose gamers were residing in Tier 4 of the Federal government’s coronavirus constraints at the time, stated on Thursday: “There’s obviously disappointment at the situation and the way it panned out. From my perspective it’s about the moral compass and the consequences of these situations. The players have apologised for their actions.
“We have dealt with it from an Arsenal perspective internally, and for me the really important thing, going back to the morality of making these decisions when you’re faced with them, is that it doesn’t happen again. It’s all about actions now.
“It’s all about making sure these players understand, under these situations and under these circumstances, that they are role models, they are people that are in the public eye, and we won’t be able to tolerate these sorts of decisions, not just from a sporting perspective but from a global, morality perspective.”
Asked if his gamers need to apologise openly to the fans, Montemurro responded: “I will have to leave that to the greater Arsenal. I will have to leave that to Arsenal to make that decision from a personal, fan perspective.
“They [the players] understand their actions. We’ve dealt with it in a way we believe is right.”
When questioned regarding whether the gamers would deal with any penalties, Montemurro responded: “We’ve taken it up internally.”
He included that he “absolutely comprehended” fans’ reactions, but said there were grey areas, adding: “Are some things, plain and simple, wrong? Yes they are. Are some things sort of a little bit grey? Yes they are.
“We can’t change what’s happened in hindsight, all we can do is make sure there’s a real understanding of what’s happened and a real understanding, going forward, that these things don’t happen again.”
The Australian coach added that “various feelings were flying around at first”, within the rest of his squad, but when asked about squad unity, replied: “We’ve had a great conversation internally, we’ve comprehended scenarios, we’ve dealt with the scenario at hand, we’ve dealt with the seriousness of specific things, and in all elements as I’ve stated in the past, there’s no right or incorrect. You can take a look at it from all various elements.”
Montemurro’s side, who are third in the WSL, travel to Reading on Sunday. Arsenal are four points behind leaders Manchester United with 12 games remaining this term.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.