Southampton suspect they are victim of ‘dirty tactics’ ahead of Swansea clash

Southampton suspect ‘dirty tactics’ could have been in play as they were turned away from a Swansea hotel following an alleged virus outbreak.

The Saints head to South Wales on Tuesday in a crucial Premier League relegation clash, which could all but condemn the losing side to the drop.

Southampton were due to stay at the Marriott Hotel three miles away from the Liberty Stadium ahead of the fixture.

But they were suddenly told that their 40 reserved rooms were cancelled just 24 hours before they were due to travel.

The Marriott informed Southampton bosses that a virus was circulating at the venue and they were no longer able to provide satisfactory accommodation.

It meant that Southampton were left scrambling to find a new hotel able to host a whole Premier League team and its staff at the last minute.

As the Marriott is the only hotel in Swansea that is equipped to host a Premier League football team, the Saints were forced to head 40 miles east to Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel.

It leaves the team facing a rush hour commute to the stadium, which could take up to an hour and a half.

Manager Mark Hughes and his staff believe that Southampton’s preparations for the fixture have been disrupted.

It was later discovered that the hotel was still taking bookings from the general public.

Southampton even asked if they could check out the facilities themselves, but were told by the hotel that this was not possible.

Since reports of the incident came to light, angry Southampton fans have been leaving awful reviews for the hotel on TripAdvisor.

One wrote: "I can’t even begin to tell you how poor this hotel is.

"It doesn’t honour bookings made in advance, and pretends there is a virus, whilst taking bookings from other people. Just avoid it. FULL STOP!!!!!"

Swansea and Southampton currently both sit level on 33 points in the league, with the Welsh side in the drop zone on goal difference.

Huddersfield are three points above but with a worse goal ratio, meaning they could get dragged into the battle for survival on the final day.

Mirror Football have contacted the Marriott Hotel for comment.

When Mail Online contacted the hotel, the Marriott at first said ‘no comment’ and then passed enquires on to general manager Michael Downie.

Downie told them on Monday night: "As a matter of guest privacy it would be inappropriate to comment on specific reservations."

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