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Masters has asked teams to prohibit players from hugging each other

Sat 16 January 2021 | 1:06

"I understand rules have to be strict … but we have to learn from the things that have worked in the past few months and football worked." said Klopp.

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus in England,

Richard Masters

, Premier League chief executive, has asked the clubs to stick to the health care rules and strictly prohibit the players from hugging each other or doing any other activity specially after scoring a goal, that might be regarded as "careless" considering health protocols.

Jurgen Klopp

has commented upon this matter and said that the risk to get infected is low in the pitch:

"We stick to the rules, and if now somebody says if you do this again we have to stop the game I wouldn't understand to be honest, but I'm not the decision maker. 

"I understand rules have to be strict … but we have to learn from the things that have worked in the past few months and football worked.

"Football is an emotional game and what we should not forget in the discussion about this is these players are tested two or three times a week. During the week we reduce the contract to a minimum."

He added:

"If we would think and feel we would threaten one or two of our team-mates [with a goal celebration] we would never do it, it would just not happen."

Jose Mourinho also said that celebrating a goal is "individual" and up to each person:

"For players on the pitch, it's a very individual thing.

"My advice is maybe the guy who scores express the emotion of the team by himself, alone.

"Maybe he can express all the emotions of the team and then of course share a walk with mates and happiness. And we try to make things the best we can."

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