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With Covid-19 hitting hard again in most parts of the world, positive cases are beginning to get higher and more deaths recorded.
Sterner measures are being put in place to stop the spread of the virus, and footballers have now been urged to avoid contact on the pitch as much as possible, including hugs and hand shakes and high five when celebrating goals.
Speaking about the new ruling, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that it won’t be an easy task but promised that the players will try to adapt.
“Players don’t want to do the wrong thing,” said Lampard.
“When they are on the pitch and they score a goal we will try and adapt as well as we can. In a perfect world we would walk back to the halfway line and start again, but with football maybe it won’t quite be the case. I don’t think you can hold players hugely to account unless there is clear flouting of those rules.
“But we need to do our best. Protocols are in place, they have been hardened recently and I understand why. We will try to do the best as we are told to keep minimising the threat we know this virus holds.
“Some people are being asked to work from home, and footballers aren’t,” added the Chelsea manager.
“They are putting themselves in an environment where they are potentially in danger but also their family who they go home to, a pregnant wife, a grandparent, a parent, a brother, a sister. We have to understand footballers are human as well.
“To control the emotions is a fair ask but to dictate emotions on the pitch will be difficult. I hope players can control it, but this beautiful game we all love does bring out emotions.”