Premier League clubs face penalties if players continue to disregard new starred Covid guidelines for even closer scrutiny as they continue to hug after scoring
Premier League clubs and players are expected to face severe penalties if they continue to disregard the top flight’s updated coronavirus rules.
Football’s governing bodies have come under pressure from the government to ban the accidental breaches of social distance rules on and off the pitch following a series of high-profile incidents.
New guidelines were issued last week by the Premier League stating that players should ‘avoid unnecessary contact at all times’, including ‘handshakes and hugs’, as well as instructions to wear face masks on the couch, spot checks of locker rooms and team buses to ensure that social distance measures are followed.
Manchester United stars broke new Covid rules by celebrating as a group on Tuesday night
Everton players also ignored the rules in celebrating Alex Iwobi’s goal against Wolves
However, players have failed to show their adherence to the new rules as the stars of Everton, Wolves, Sheffield United and Manchester United all got up close and personal after scoring crucial goals on Tuesday night.
The Premier League says clubs should investigate and punish ‘individual offenses by relevant persons’.
The guideline adds, “Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action by the league individually against the relevant person, if any, and / or against the club.”
But, according to The Times, the players in Wednesday night’s games and those moving forward will be better scrutinized to ensure that the new rules are followed.
The Premier League is said to ‘expect player and technical staff behavior to improve in the coming days’.
But sanctions are in place if players continue to flout the rules while the situation in the UK deteriorates.
On Wednesday, the UK registered 1,564 more deaths from Covid-19 and 47,525 new infections.
Clubs could face penalties if they continue to break the rules, as Wolves players did on Tuesday
The Sheffield United players also hugged after scoring in their first win of the season
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder on Tuesday claimed it is ‘unnatural’ to prevent players from hugging after his team harassed Billy Sharp, following the skipper’s penalty that set the Blades on their way to their first win of the season against Newcastle.
“It’s an emotional game,” said Wilder. “We talked about the country watching us before and the other two games, I understood that. But it’s an emotional game on the field and on the sidelines … it’s unnatural and unreal (not to celebrate). ‘
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said clubs are ‘doing our best’ to be within the rules after his players gleefully celebrated Paul Pogba’s winner at Burnley.
‘Football is a game that brings out the best and the worst [emotions], but we also understand the concern that there should be fewer emotions and fewer hugs, ”he said after the win.
‘But it is difficult when you score because you want to celebrate with your teammates. We will do our best to follow the guidelines, but it is difficult. We want football to continue. ‘