Football players who hug after the goal and violate the Coronavirus protocol are labeled “brainless” by a senior British jurist. Manchester City and Fulham players crowded together after scoring on Wednesday, ignoring Premier League warnings to follow rules on unnecessary contact. Britain is struggling to increase Covid-19 cases. On Wednesday, 1,564 deaths were recorded in 24 hours. City boss Pep Guardiola defended his players after their 1-0 win, which took them to third place in the Premier League.
“We’ve tested five or six times in the last 10 days,” he said in the post-match press conference. “Everyone is negative. In the real moment of happiness, in the moment, to ask the players to hug and celebrate together, it’s spontaneous and reaction. It’s difficult.”
“The moment you score a goal and a man walks by and the rest of the people don’t go to celebrate with him, it’s weird and inconvenient.”
But Julian Knight, chairman of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee, strongly criticized the footballers.
“Some of the scenes we’ve seen are brainless and deliver a terrible message,” he told Britain’s Press Association news agency.
Harry Kane completed his goal for Tottenham on Wednesday with a 1–1 draw in silence, with bumps and high fives, but when Ivan Cavalleiro equalized there was a close-knit audience.
There was also joy among the players when Manchester City’s Phil Foden scored the only goal in his win against Brighton.
Knight abstained from calling for elite sports, as it was last year, saying the decision was “a matter for bodies and health experts”.
But he doubted whether this year’s delayed Euro 2020 current plan could be executed. The tournament is scheduled to take place in 12 countries, with semi-finals and finals planned at Wembley.
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