Manchester Thunder Statement – Player Suspended

A member of the Manchester Thunder’s Vitality Netball Superleague squad has been suspended after breaking coronavirus restrictions.

Photographs, posted on social media platforms, clearly showed the player attending a New Year’s Eve party with people outside their household – something which is against the law.

Manchester Thunder Managing Director Debbie Hallas said:

“We are extremely disappointed with the player who broke the law to attend a party at New Year. It is a breach of trust for everyone involved with Thunder – for the other players making huge sacrifices to be able to train in Covid-secure ways as elite sportspeople, for our fans who are making huge sacrifices to try and reduce the spread and keep people save, and for members of our Thunder family who have been on the frontline of the NHS in this pandemic, and who we are so proud of.

“Despite regular reminders of their responsibilities as individuals, netballers and role models for girls, the player decided having a good time was more important to them. They should be setting an example. They have completely failed to do that and this will not be tolerated.”

The matter will now be dealt with internally and there will be no further comment.