Premier League clubs ‘warned by government for lack of social distance by players and coaches during water breaks and celebrations of goals’
- The introduction of water interruptions came when Project Restart started on June 17
- Premier League parties were again told to minimize unnecessary contact
- Clubs have been warned that these habits need to change to avoid setting a bad example
The government has warned Premier League clubs that players and coaches don’t take social distance during water breaks or goal celebrations, according to reports.
The introduction of water breaks occurred when Project Restart started on June 17, with a halfway through each half, which for some have also become de facto coaching sessions.
But The Telegraph report that this Premier League contacted the Premier League individually this week via a letter reminding them to encourage their players to minimize unnecessary contact.
The government has warned players and staff not to take social distance from water breaks
The Premier League wrote to the 20 clubs to limit unnecessary contact
The 20 clubs were also warned to change these habits or risk risking the public to set a bad example.
The report claims that the letter reminds clubs of the responsibility of players and coaches to maintain the agreed standards set out in the government’s original guidelines for returning to competition in elite sports, especially when interacting or celebrating a goal.
The Premier League was also required to agree “measures and protocols for social distance for staff, referees and players on the bench and / or the field of play, including: personal conduct during disputes between players or between players and referees; and score celebrations. ‘
The report adds that officials have been told to make special efforts to coach off-field coaches as they try to speak to players during the break, an increasingly difficult task.
The letter to all top clubs also warned of poor social distance during goal celebrations
Under the Premier League official rule, the interruptions have been introduced primarily to comply with protocols that require the disinfection and spraying of balls, goal posts and corner flags.
Premier League and Football League players are currently being tested for coronavirus twice a week and so far the clubs have taken specific measures in training grounds and stadiums to create a biologically safe environment.
The 12th test round on Sunday and Monday in the Premier League returned zero positive results from 1,973 players and staff.
The EFL also had no positive results from a test pool of 3,004 players and staff.
Officials have found it difficult to keep coaches off the field when talking to their players