Chelsea warn staff after two academy signings secured during coronavirus lockdown

Players returned to training this week at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea will issue warnings to two members of their academy staff after they broke lockdown rules to secure signings, reports say.

Visits to other households are banned due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Chelsea’ recruitment staff ignored lockdown regulations to visit the homes of two young footballers.

Registration for the under-9 age group opens on the third May of each year and there is usually a rush from clubs to snap up the best youngsters before their rivals.

Football London claim photos have emerged showing Chelsea’s local head of recruitment and another member of academy staff breaking lockdown rules to present two boys and his families with contracts to sign.

Other London club, which includes Arsenal and Tottenham, adhered to lockdown rules and were conducting business over video calls rather than meeting any players and their families in person.

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Chelsea will remind the two staff members who broke rules of their social distancing responsibilities following criticism from rival clubs.

One scout at a rival club criticised Chelsea as ‘disrespectful’ and their actions an attempt to steal a march on competitors.

Lampard was at Cobham on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)

Premier League clubs resume training this week two months after football was shut down due to coronavirus.

Chelsea’s players were photographed training in small groups on Tuesday, with Frank Lampard in attendance ahead of the restart of games next month.

Clubs have undergone mass testing and so far six individuals out of 748 tested have been positive for the virus.

Brighton, Burnley and Watford have all confirmed positive tests at the club while a third club remains unnamed.

The news of Watford’s results will be a blow to the club after their captain Troy Deeney refused to return to training amid safety concerns.

Deeney has a five-month old baby with breathing difficulties and has been alarmed by the lack of protocol in place to protect BAME players from the virus.

The Premier League hope to get action back underway in June and finish the 2019/20 campaign in July.

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