Souness slams new Premier League tackling rule

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With Premier League clubs expected to return to training soon, players have been told by the Premier League to avoid contact as much as possible.

According to The Mirror, tackling and contact will be banned for the first phase of group training due to the coronavirus crisis.

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has slammed the proposal.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Souness said: “[The guidelines have] been written by someone who has never played the game and doesn’t understand the game.

“So you’re meant to make your tackle and turn away? What if you make the tackle and end up with the ball at your feet? That’s the daftest thing I’ve heard so far about us returning to football.

“When you’re playing football at the highest level, you get yourself to a place where you’re only focused on the next five seconds, that’s how you get through 90 minutes. You haven’t got time to think about anything else.

“Corner kicks, free-kicks… you have to look at the man. That isn’t going to change. Defenders are paid to keep the ball out of their net, that’s their focus. The only thing that may change is the celebration.

“You’re in the moment. It’s not a rule, it’s a suggestion, a recommendation. But if you’re a player, you’re only interested in what is a metre in front of you, and you’ve been programmed like that for many years.”

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