Thursday 13 December 2018

Southampton's preparations for relegation showdown with Swansea disrupted after Marriott hotel cancels booking at short notice due to 'virus'

Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes

Jeremy Wilson

Southampton’s preparations for Tuesday night's potentially decisive relegation showdown with Swansea City have been disrupted after they were forced to change hotels and stay near Cardiff on the eve of the game.

According to Southampton sources, a club booking was cancelled at the Swansea Marriott hotel at short notice and they were instead forced to staying at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel almost 40 miles outside of Swansea.

It will mean that they will now leave around 90 minutes earlier than planned for the crunch game on Tuesday night.

Southampton were reportedly told that they could not stay at the hotel due to a virus but, as of Monday night, the Marriott was still listed as available for bookings to the public.

There is suspicion, then, at the reasons behind the change of plans, particularly as it will cause added inconvenience and travel time for such a critical match.

The Swansea Marriott are referring enquiries to their general manager, Michael Downie, and would make no comment when contacted by The Telegraph.

The Daily Mail had earlier quoted Downie as saying that, “as a matter of guest privacy it would be inappropriate to comment on specific reservations”.

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