According to The Mirror, the Government has asked the players to maintain social distancing on the pitch whenever they can once the return to Premier League action.
The Government has given the green light for many sporting events to resume behind closed doors from today.
The Premier League season is set to restart on June 17 and all teams have now begun contact training as they look to get their players match fit in time for the resumption of the season.
Many precautions are being taken during the training sessions including regular testing for the players along with training equipment and pitches being disinfected after sessions (Sky Sports).
The Mirror now reveal that the social distancing protocols will have to be continued even after the resumption of the league.
Just like we have come to see in the Bundesliga, staff and substitutes will be asked to maintain a two-metre distance when sitting on the bench.
The players have also been asked to ensure they do not crowd around referees during contentious decisions, not to get too close to one another during flashpoints in games and not to celebrate goals like they usually do.
The guidelines on the Gov.uk website state: “Social distancing should be maintained by all groups where possible,”
“This includes the competing athletes and support staff on the bench and field of play, such as during any disputes between players and referees, or scoring celebrations.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Many people will frown at these directives and claim that contact sports like football cannot be played while observing social distancing. However, I believe it is right to ask players to maintain distancing when possible. The way we live our lives has been altered by the pandemic and it is naive to think that all sports also shouldn’t have to adapt a bit under the circumstances.
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