Yesterday, Friday, the English Premier League imposed new measures on clubs to combat the spread of Covid-19, and threatened penalties against players who violate protocols, in training or match days.
In a letter sent to 20 clubs in the Premier League, the League stressed the need to prevent hugging between players, or the exchange of shirts, in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus.
The British government has allowed important sports competitions to continue, despite tightening public isolation measures with the spread of Covid-19 infections.
However, some players ignored government instructions during the Christmas period, and the League informed the clubs that the behavior should be investigated.
“It is important to ensure the confidence of the fans and the government, and contributors to training protocols and on the matchday,” the association stated in the letter. “Individual transgressions of prominent people will be investigated, with clubs punishing them.”
The association said that the players and crew members will use medical passports in the training grounds, and officials from the association will examine them, and it is possible to conduct a surprising and random checks.
The measures come after the virus caused 4 postponed Premier League matches and more than 50 lower-tier matches in England this season.