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Roy Hodgson: It’s difficult to push all the emotions aside

Wed 13 January 2021 | 20:30

Crystal Palace manager finds it difficult to control all the emotions in the game situation to adhere to guidelines.

There has been criticism toward 

Premier League

 players over goal celebrations in recent weeks as England experiences its latest Coronavirus surge. Premier League chief executive 

Richard Masters

 has recently urged all the clubs to adhere to new, stricter coronavirus protocols. Players have been told to avoid hugging, handshakes, and swapping shirts but

the Eagles

' coach 

Roy Hodgson

 says it’s difficult to adhere to restrictions under match circumstances. 

“It’s difficult to push all those emotions aside when something happens and put on your Covid head and ask how far apart are you?

“I just think it’s a very very difficult thing to deal with and I don’t have the answer to how we deal with it, I really don’t.

“I’m open to suggestions about when a player scores a goal, but what are we going to do when players get into a huddle? To be quite frank, I don’t think I’ve seen a goal that I can remember where players haven’t celebrated, so I don’t know what the answer is.

“I think some of the other things that the Premier League are keen to stop with the new protocols, with regard the training ground and the canteens, they are easy enough to follow and I think it’s good that we follow them.

“But when the match starts, stopping the celebration, stopping a manager shaking hands with another manager after games gets forgotten.”

In the recent weeks there have been suggestions over suspending the Premier League season as a number of league coaches believe that the current situation is harmful for their player’s well-being.

“I think the reason why football was sanctioned to carry on in the first lockdown was because people realised that in terms of mental health, the general life satisfaction, we’ve got to do as much as we possibly can to give them a boost where a boost is possible.

“But I also understand where there might come a time where the pendulum swings in the other direction and when that happens I’m pretty sure we will be mature enough to understand that.

 “I think football in general, and the Premier League and footballers in general, are doing their level best to keep everyone safe and to keep the football coming but if it’s decided by Government or by public opinion that football is totally out of order then we’ll have to accept that.

“Overall I don’t think we’re there yet so we must try to keep doing the right things, keep trying to play the game for people until such time that someone decides that now we really do have to pull the plug.

“But I’m not 100 per cent sure that cases would have gone up that much because players have celebrated a goal in a way they shouldn’t celebrate. I’m not sure that’s the case.”

source: SportMob