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Frank Lampard refuses to confirm whether he will tell Chelsea players not to celebrate together again

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has jumped in defense of footballers, insisting that they do ‘everything they can to keep the line’ while increasing control over social aloofness and goal-scoring celebrations amid a new wave of coronavirus.

The Premier League, captains and managers are ready for urgent meetings for fear the government may need to intervene. It comes after players were told to avoid hugs, high-fives, and handshakes just for some goals to be followed by the group. cuddly toys.

Lampard maintains that players act on instinct, rather than knowingly ignoring protocols, and believes it will be difficult to control emotions by punishing players.

Frank Lampard would not give a definitive answer as to whether he will ban celebrating his stars

Frank Lampard would not give a definitive answer as to whether he will ban celebrating his stars

“ What I really want to be clear about is that players are being asked to come to work and they are doing everything they can to stay on the line – and hopefully everyone in the audience will help us through this. ” , he said.

“We have to do our best, as we always should have done. The protocols are in place and they have been hardened recently and I understand why because of Covid’s wave in the public, which football is still a part of today.

‘Meetings are underway, there are areas in our workplace where compliance is not easy, but social distancing is at the top of the list. All the basics are at the top of the list, but if you are actively playing football on the field and a lot of instinct is involved, it is not always easy to draw a clear line on the field and during training .

“We will try to do our best to minimize the threat or danger we know this virus poses.”

Premier League has set urgent new restrictions informing players to stay apart. Pictured: Chelsea players mobilize Olivier Giroud after a goal in late December

Premier League has set urgent new restrictions informing players to stay apart. Pictured: Chelsea players mobilize Olivier Giroud after a goal in late December

Premier League has set urgent new restrictions informing players to stay apart. Pictured: Chelsea players mobilize Olivier Giroud after a goal in late December

Lampard added: ‘Footballers do whatever the rest are asked to do. Some people are asked to work from home, football players are not.

So they take themselves to an environment where they might put themselves in danger and maybe go home to their family – a pregnant wife, a grandparent, a parent, a brother, a sister too.

So we have to understand that footballers are people too and that they have to do their job right now.

That’s one thing and when you understand football and the passion, the instinct that every fan has, every person on the street has for football if they love it, then they understand that it can trigger emotions in you. So it’s a fair question to keep the emotions in check, but dictating emotions on the field is likely to be very difficult.

“I think we need to see how this goes because along the way we will see if players can control it – I hope they can, but this game, this beautiful game that we all love, evokes emotions on the field.”

Lampard has warned his players against following the latest protocols, but leading up to their clash with Fulham this weekend, he said footballers deserve to get some leeway.

New Premier League protocols have been released, informing players about social distance, including goals scored, in the locker room and during warm-ups where possible

New Premier League protocols have been released, informing players about social distance, including goals scored, in the locker room and during warm-ups where possible

New Premier League protocols have been released, informing players about social distance, including goals scored, in the locker room and during warm-ups where possible

‘Football is and always will be a game of instinct and if we want to take instinct out of the game, I don’t think it’s that simple. Players are good guys, they don’t want to do the wrong thing – they are asked to do their job in this very difficult time and they are doing it.

‘That’s the way it is and I understand that, but if they are on the field and score a goal, we will try to adjust a little bit – as best we can.

Ideally, in a perfect world, we all walk back to the halfway line and start over, but with football it may not be quite the case and I don’t think you can hold players to account enormously unless there is an obvious violation of that rules, but that is certainly not an easy line in the game, in football. ‘

Lampard also confirmed that his side look fit and healthy for the West London derby this weekend, although he will miss the suspended N’Golo Kante.

The Blues are in dire need of a reversal of recent form, having won just one game in their last five games, dropping to ninth place in the table.

Saturday’s win could make Chelsea jump back to seventh, depending on the results around them. Fulham, meanwhile, can break free from the relegation zone if they collect all three points.

Former Crystal Palace Simon Jordan has players celebrating intermittently embracing in a furious rant, claiming he wouldn't stand for it

Former Crystal Palace Simon Jordan has players celebrating intermittently embracing in a furious rant, claiming he wouldn't stand for it

Former Crystal Palace Simon Jordan has players celebrating intermittently embracing in a furious rant, claiming he wouldn’t stand for it

Last week, Simon Jordan, former chairman of Crystal Palace, tore footballers for cuddling while celebrating in an extraordinary rant with TalkSport, as he claimed ‘clubs don’t have the balls’ to enforce the Covid rules.

“The players will not do what they are told and do not think they should, and find reasons why they should not and the managers have no authority whatsoever,” he said. talkSport. In fact, the managers approve.

‘If this were me and this was my group of players, I can assure you unequivocally that as the owner of that football club, I would walk into that dressing room and say to those players with the best will in the world:

“I’m not asking you, this isn’t a request, it’s not a guideline – I’m telling you stop this. I don’t care what great little routine you want to practice on the training ground for a socially detached goal celebration, do as you’re asked otherwise we will have a problem.

“You will be greatly respected, hugely rewarded, I appreciate you very much, but you will do what you are damn well told.” ‘

PREMIER LEAGUE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS FOR SEASON 2020-21

Round 1: August 31-September 6 – 1,605 tested, three of them positive.

Round 2: September 7-13 – 2,131 tested, four of them positive.

Round 3: September 14-20 – 1,574 tested, three of them positive.

Round 4: September 21-27 – 1,595 tested, of which 10 positive.

Round 5: September 28-October 4 – 1,587 tested, nine of which were positive.

Round 6: October 5-11 – Tested 1,128, with five positive tests.

Round 7: October 12-18 – 1,575 tested, eight of which were positive.

Round 8: October 19-25 – 1,609 tested, two of which were positive.

Round 9: October 26-November 1 – 1446 tested, four of which were positive.

Round 10: November 2-8 – 1,646 tested, four of them positive.

Round 11: November 9-15 – 1,207 tested, of which 16 positive.

Round 12: November 16-22 – 1,530 tested, eight of them positive.

Round 13: November 23-29 – 1,381 tested, of which 10 positive.

Round 14: November 30 – December 6 – 1483 tested, 14 of which positive.

Round 15: December 7-13 – 1,549 tested, six of them positive.

Round 16: December 14-20 – 1,569 tested, seven of which were positive

Round 17: December 21-27 – tested 1479, 18 of which were positive

Round 18: December 28 – January 3 – 2,295 tested, 40 of which were positive

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