Premier League stars warned over goal celebrations by government amid covid crisis – Mirror Online

Premier League stars warned over goal celebrations by government amid covid crisis – Mirror Online

Government officials have again asked Premier League players to curb their celebrations to limit social contact.

A recent rise in coronavirus cases has again tested the country’s resources and resulted in a third lockdown.

Elite sport though has been allowed to continue, but greater responsibilities have been placed upon it.

Even clubs have seen a spike in cases that has meant games have been postponed, some at the eleventh hour.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam when questioned admitted that all social contact is “avoidable” and wants to see footballers taking that seriously.

He said: “I completely agree with you (that footballers shouldn’t come together for celebrations).

Players have been asked to distance their celebrations
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“We are in a very dangerous place now… This is like saying I’m building a big perimeter fence around my property so that the baddies can’t get in.

“But you can’t celebrate that when you’ve put three posts in and two sections of fence – or maybe a bit more in the case of the NHS so far. Because people just go round the fence.

“You’ve got to build the whole fence. And we cannot relax until we’ve got a very substantially vaccinated population.

“And until then, we are in a dangerous place… Every close human contact that is avoidable should be avoided because one in three of us will get the infection and have no symptoms at all.

“So I’m afraid, yes, on the football point, on the sporting point, I do agree with you.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has previously weighed in on the debate despite being in favour of football continuing.

Matt Hancock has asked players to act like they’ve got the virus when it comes to distancing
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He has though asked that players respect the rules and “act like they’ve got the virus”.

He said: “I think elite sport is important because these are tough times, and being able to watch the football on the telly is really important because there’s loads of things that you can’t do, and watching it from the comfort of your own home is a perfectly safe activity.

“I know that the Premier League really think hard about this.

“It’s important that it is carried out in a way that is respectful of the rules.

“Now of course they have special arrangements to ensure that the players are safe and they have a testing regime, but I do think that it’s important that everybody respects, not just the letter but the spirit of the rules because it’s actually the spirit of the rules that’s important, which is don’t pass on the disease, act as if you’ve got it and then you won’t pass it on to others.”