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Premier League players will face tougher sanctions if they continue to disobey Covid protocols around celebrations

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to bite, the Government are preparing to bring in tough new sanctions against Premier League players.

Despite advice prior to the weekend’s fixtures, a number of teams ignored the directive not to hug when celebrating a goal or win.

In some cases, whole teams were filmed drinking, dancing and singing in changing rooms after the game, and that’s not gone down well in Downing Street.

The Daily Star report that those players who continue to ignore the protocols will face significant fines and could even be banned.

Everyone will be reminded of their responsibilities and given a final warning as to what’s expected.

Given that the general public are expected to toe the line, footballers shouldn’t be treated any differently.

Although scoring an important goal does lead to a rush of adrenalin, players are just going to have to curtail their natural instincts until everything gets back to normal.

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