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Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount caused outrage by having a park kickabout with West Ham’s Declan Rice and friends on Sunday – when he was supposed to be self-isolating after teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus.
Mount has since apologised to Blues boss Frank Lampard for his silly mistake, and speaking about Mount’s lapse of judgement on Sky Sports’ The Debate, ex-Liverpool and England star Redknapp said: “He’s made a mistake. He’s a great kid, a really nice boy, well educated, he’s got a lovely family behind him.
“He’s made a mistake, I remember making plenty of mistakes when I was his age and I’m sure Frank and everybody at the club will stick by him.
“We’ve all done stupid things in our time. He is a brilliant young man, that’s all I can say.”
Redknapp believes Mount will feel awful about his behaviour as he added:
“We all want to get back to watching football and not sit here talking about something that’s so serious but that’s life, we just have to get on with it,” he added.
“He loves the game and that’s the problem but as I say it was just the wrong time for him to do it.
“Knowing him, I’ve met him a few times, he’ll feel so bad about what he’s done.
“He’s made a big mistake but there will be people all around the world who should be self-isolating that are not so let’s just forget about it now, he’s made a mistake and everybody just moves on.”