England football authorities are “confident” that the 2020-21 season can complete as planned if coronavirus protocols are followed with “full compliance”.
The Football Association, the Premier League and the English Football League released a joint statement on Thursday in which they reiterate the importance of following the newly improved Covid-19 measures.
The news comes as the pro games continue to be canceled on a regular basis. Aston Villa’s game against Everton on Sunday will be the last Premier League game to be postponed.
“The Football Association, Premier League, EFL and Barclays Women’s Super League all rolled out improved COVID-19 measures this week and emphasized their importance for everyone in the game,” the statement said.
“Safety is a collective effort and football requires the continued support of clubs, managers, players and everyone involved in the running of games to keep the spread of infection under control and to set the right example to the public on and off the field. We will offer. ” Guidance, education and support, as well as review of our practices to ensure they remain at the highest level.
“Our three organizations trust our COVID-19 logs and our ability to bring the season to a successful close.”
After reminding players of their responsibilities after multiple violations of the rules on social distancing from the soccer field during the Christmas season, the focus now appears to have shifted to interactions on the field.
The referees were told to remind players to keep social distance as much as possible during matches, especially when celebrating goals.
Several Premier League bosses, including Pep Guardiola and Frank Lampard, have defended the players at goal celebrations. The Manchester City manager described hugging teammates after a goal as an “instinctive” reaction.
The statement went on to say: “During this crisis, the health, safety and wellbeing of all participants were paramount. By complying with national regulations and football’s strict medical and scientific recommendations, football has maintained its privileged position and continues to do so for millions of people engage and entertain across the country.
“The game has a responsibility and in this next critical period everyone involved needs to make sure they comply with government rules and our protocols. We have seen the tremendous contribution players have made to the national effort and they must continue to use their influence . ” Demonstration of the importance of following the rules.
“If our COVID-19 protocols are fully complied with – in addition to effective testing procedures – we are halfway confident that the 2020/21 campaign will come to an end in May with everyone’s support.”
New Premier League protocols
The Premier League also shared the updated logs it has circulated among top clubs.
Players are encouraged to maintain social distance before and after the games as well as during the games.
They were also advised to avoid spitting, cleaning their noses, shaking hands, or hugging fellow players. Swapping jerseys at the end of a game is also not permitted.