Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has come to the defence of Premier League teams amid a growing debate about players celebrating goals with hugs and high-fives while the world is battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer has urged players to stop such physical contact and a senior politician in England suggested on Thursday yellow cards should be given out for hugging.
“Football has and always will be a game of instinct. If we want to take the instinct out of the game then it is not that simple,” said Lampard ahead of Saturday’s game at Fulham.
“The players are good lads and they don’t want to do the wrong thing.
“In a perfect world we will all walk back to the halfway line and just start again. But it maybe will not quite be the case, and I do not think you can hold players hugely to account unless there is clear flouting of those rules.”
According to Reuters, the Premier League guidelines for on-field behaviour state that “unnecessary contact, particularly between opposition teams, must be avoided. This includes handshakes, high-fives and hugging”.
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said it was “weird and uncomfortable” if nobody celebrated with the scorer.
“We are tested maybe five or six times in the last 10 days. Everyone is negative. We are outdoors where the virus is less aggressive. We will follow what the Premier League says but I don’t know if we will be able to do it,” he added.
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By FARPost Reporter