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Premier League to crack down on player celebrations after multiple weekend breaches

Premier League to crack down on player celebrations after multiple weekend breaches

Cracking down on close contact

The Premier League plan to crack down on players breaking the new regulations regarding celebrations and coming into close contact during matches outside of competition itself.

There were a number of breaches of these new regulations at the weekend. It was evident in West Brom’s win over Wolves whereby the struggling Baggies managed to pick up an unlikely victory away from home in the Black Country Derby. At full-time there were scenes of jubilation from the West Brom players, expectantly, however these were deemed too far in the new rules which have been set in place.

The sport is under increasing pressure after Government ministers were reportedly being put under scrutiny for allowing the sports to continue whilst players persisted in breaching social distancing measures.

These, not only were taking place on the pitch, have been an issue off the pitch. Several players have been caught breaching Covid-19 rules over the New Year and festive period which had led to calls for increased punishment for those that decide to break it and a worry that the sport could stop entirely should players continue to flout these expectations is growing.

No sanctions yet

However, despite these continual breaches, The Times reports that there is no intention to introduce any kind of punishment for these rulebreakers. This may be a process whereby it takes time for the players to adjust to the new environment and the league is willing the show some leniency.

‘The Premier League will reiterate the need to follow the ban on hugging during goal celebrations when the clubs meet on Wednesday for their next shareholders’ meeting,’ wrote Matt Lawton.

‘At present, however, there is no appetite to bring in sanctions after several clubs failed to adhere to the new Covid-19 protocols at the weekend.’

There are some teams which have gone the extra mile to produce some Covid-friendly celebrations. In Leicester’s 2-0 win over Southampton, James Maddison was seen performing a celebration from a distance, both imaginary handshaking and high fiving in the air to his teammates.

However, in Monday night’s game, Aubameyang’s second goal saw most of the Arsenal squad appear to hug and high five. These scenes are what could cause the increased crack down on the situation.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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