Former world cruiserweight boxing champion Tony Bellew has hit out at the government in an expletive rant about Covid-19 on Twitter.
Bellew’s home city of Liverpool is the first place to have been included on the highest of England’s new coronavirus alert levels, meaning different households in the area will not be allowed to mix either inside or outside of their properties.
Gyms, leisure centres, betting shops and casinos in Liverpool will also be closed until at least November, while pubs and bars not serving meals will be forced to shut.
The current situation in Merseyside contrasts massively with that of London, where pictures emerged on social this week showing hundreds of fans packed inside The London Palladium theatre.
And Bellew, who has been vocal in his criticism of the government in recent weeks, has branded UK ministers “insane” in a scathing rant on Twitter after seeing the pictures.
Along with a snap of The London Palladium audience, the retired boxer wrote: “All of sport is suffering! Our city is on complete LOCKDOWN! WTF is this about!
“Gyms closing! Are you lot f****** INSANE! Your (sic) making people weaker by closing gyms yet it’s fine for thousands to gather in here! Just f*** off!”
Bellew is not the only high-profile sports figure to express his dismay at the London Palladium audience, with Match of the Day host Gary Lineker also accusing the government of hypocrisy.
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The west-end Theatre held two performances of musical Songs for a New World on Sunday, while also hosting an event on Monday which saw former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reflect on his career.
Despite this, football supporters are still unable to attend fixtures in the UK after the government scrapped plans to reintroduce them this month.
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Piers Morgan led the criticism, tweeting a picture of the London Palladium crowd and saying: “How can the London Palladium be packed like this last night for an event with Arsene Wenger, but football fans aren't allowed to watch matches outside even socially distanced? I'm completely bemused.”
Lineker backed up his argument and replied: “Makes no sense whatsoever. You can listen to football chat in a relatively crowded indoor arena, but you can't watch football with a limited crowd in an outdoor arena.”
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