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Belgian linked to Sheffield United role receives police reprimand after title celebration UK News

Dirk van Nuffel, who heads the Belgian city police, condemned Clement and his players for ignoring social distancing restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic as they partied with fans after winning the trophy of the Jupiler Pro League.

Insisting that Clement’s employers had agreed that there should be no contact with supporters at the event, van Nuffel told a newspaper in Flanders: “This is not what was agreed. .

“We had made good arrangements with the catering industry and Club Brugge to ensure that the gatherings would run in the right order. The catering industry complied fully with these arrangements, but Club Brugge did not. .

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Club Brugge head coach Philippe Clement and Club players celebrate with the cup after a football match between Club Brugge KV and KRC Genk, Sunday 23 May 2021 in Bruges, the sixth and final day of the ‘ Champions ‘of the’ First division of the Jupiler Pro League of the Belgian championship. BELGA PHOTO BRUNO FAHY (Photo by BRUNO FAHY / BELGA MAG / AFP via Getty Images)

“This is to avoid gatherings but also to protect the players against infection,” van Nuffel continued. “Club Brugge has proven to be an unreliable partner here.”

Clement, 47, now has three JPL titles on his managerial resume after also leading Genk to a top spot before clinching the top spot for the second time in as many seasons at Jan Breydel Stadium.

Now entering the final stages of his current contract, Clement is known to boast of admirers on the Bramall Lane board of directors who have previously worked at Beerschot; United’s sister club.

Despite being linked with a move this summer, bringing Bruges back to Europe could persuade Clément to see his current contract, which still has 12 months to go, rather than looking for a new challenge abroad.

Sheffield, England 23 May 2021. Paul Heckingbottom, acting manager for Sheffield Utd, celebrates full time during the Premier League match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Photo credit should read: Simon Bellis / Sportimage

Slavisa Jokanovic, who won a promotion with both Watford and Fulham before joining Al-Gharafa, had talks about the United vacancy while Paul Heckingbottom, who had been in the post since Chris Wilder left in March, is another option. He urged United to make an early date to speed up plans for the next term.

United, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, also met with representatives of Ostend’s Alexander Blessin before their interest in the German got bogged down in red tape and work permit issues.

New manager would give Sheffield United players a much needed boost: Andrew Yates / Sportimage

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This notice was published: 2021-05-24 19:51:50