14 Jan Manchester Metropolis boss Guardiola slammed for ‘ridiculous’ hugging remark amid COVID-19 pandemic
Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola’s claims that gamers can not assist hugging one another throughout purpose celebrations has been labelled as “ridiculous” by a number one United Kingdom politician.
Julian Knight, chairman of the Division of Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport (DCMS), has criticised Guardiola and his gamers after the team turned the newest to disregard social distancing guidelines and celebrated Phil Foden’s winner in opposition to Brighton on Wednesday with a gaggle hug.
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Final week, the Skilled Footballers’ Affiliation (PFA) reminded gamers to watch out when celebrating targets because the variety of COVID-19 circumstances in England continues to develop.
Nevertheless, teams have continued to rejoice in huge teams and Knight stated that gamers ought to be punished for breaching the foundations.
“It is ridiculous to say it is simply intuition, in fact gamers can cease themselves doing it,” he informed the Occasions.
“We have seen loads of events prior to now the place somebody does a particular routine for a purpose celebration just like the dance routine you typically see in American football when somebody scores a landing.
“Let’s not have this leaping on prime of every within the face of all the things we try to take care of.
“I’ve learn that it is not a bookable offence however absolutely it might be coated by unsportsmanlike conduct, and it shouldn’t be past the wit of the football authorities to ask referees to challenge yellow playing cards in the identical method they do when a participant takes their shirt off in a purpose celebration.
“We’re all human, however we try desperately to get the message on the market about protecting your distance so it’s utterly the mistaken optics to see gamers piling on after a purpose.”
The Premier League has acquired one other blow to the fixture schedule after Aston Villa’s match in opposition to Everton on Sunday was the newest match to be postponed as a result of continued COVID-19 outbreak at Villa’s coaching floor.
In the meantime, Leeds vs. Southampton, initially set for Jan. 20, has additionally been postponed to permit the guests to fulfil their FA Cup third spherical conflict with Shrewsbury City, which had been cancelled on account of rising COVID-19 circumstances.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was in opposition to the concept to ebook gamers for celebrating collectively and stated footballers deserve credit score for a way they’ve handled the challenges of taking part in amid the pandemic.
“If folks can get booked, which means they will in all probability get despatched off if it was a second yellow card,” he informed a information convention forward of Chelsea’s match at Fulham on Saturday.
“I feel it will be very troublesome to police with protecting the vitality and pleasure that football brings.
“Simply to be clear on that, footballers are doing all the things that everybody else is being requested to do as nicely. Some individuals are being requested to make money working from home, footballers aren’t.
“In order that they have been taking themselves into an atmosphere the place they’re probably possibly not placing themselves in peril however possibly the households they go house to — a pregnant spouse, a grandparent, a father or mother, a brother or sister — so I feel now we have to know footballers are human as nicely.”