ACEHFOOTBALL.net — The British government highlighted the number of soccer players who hugged and even kissed in celebration of goals or victories.
It is feared that this will accelerate the spread of the corona virus, although competition will continue when Britain returns lockdown.
Reporting from the page Outlook India, Thursday (14/1), the spread of Covid-19 in the Premier League forced numerous game delays. Concerns also arise because of the many physical contacts of the players both on and off the field.
“Everyone in this country has to change the way they interact with people and the way they work,” said the UK Minister for Sports, Nigel Huddleston.
“No exception with footballers. There are Covid-19 safety guidelines for football. Footballers have to follow it and football authorities strictly enforce it,” added Huddleston.
Britain has experienced a spike in Covid-19 cases which requires the government to discuss again lockdown. The Premier League has warned clubs that there will be penalties for breaking the rules.
Huddleston also included news about the league letter to the club. In the news it was emphasized that players should avoid handshakes, high five and a hug.
The warning was clearly disobeyed as Sheffield United and Manchester United embraced to celebrate their victory. Even Manchester City and Brighton embraced each other after the win in the game which ended 1-0.
“It is instinct and reaction, that's difficult,” said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola when asked about the rules.
This is not the first time the British government has insisted on the rules players must follow. Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Jonathan Van Tam warned of the many hugs between players.
“We are in a very dangerous place right now. Every close human contact, avoidance should be avoided because one in three of us will get Covic-19 and have no symptoms at all,” kata Van Tam.
As of Wednesday (13/1) there have been additions 47.525 Covid-19 patients and 1.564 people died because of Covid-19. Total available 3,21 million cases infected with Covid-19 and 84.767 people who died.