Suara.com – Players who ignore the COVID-19 health and safety protocol by shaking hands or hugging without distance after scoring a goal should be booked yellow card in the Premier League event. Such was the suggestion of the chairman of the British parliamentary committee.
Julian Knight, chair of the cross-party committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), said the festive goal celebration sent the ‘wrong message’ at a time of national emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Just as referees issue yellow cards for players who take off their shirts, they can do the same with this,” said Knight told Reuters.
According to Knight, taking the risk of someone being exposed to COVID-19 is also an unsportsmanlike attitude.
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The Premier League’s current guidelines for on-field conduct themselves state that unnecessary contact, especially between opposing teams, should be avoided. This includes handshakes, high fives and hugs.
Media reports highlight the celebrations at midweek’s 2020/2021 Premier League follow-up, with Manchester City in the spotlight after eight players embraced a group hug as Phil Foden scored in the 1-0 win over Brighton.
Videos also appear of teams celebrating in the dressing room after their FA Cup third round tie last weekend.
The Daily Telegraph quoted DCMS committee member Clive Efford as saying such celebrations were an ‘insult to staff at the NHS (national health service)’.
Britain’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO) also called on football players to be responsible and stop celebrating in close proximity to one another.
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