Footballers criticised as 'brainless' for hugging in goal celebrations amid Covid

  • MP Julian Knight says it gives ‘awful message’
  • Players have been asked to avoid unnecessary contact

Footballers who have continued to hug when celebrating goals despite the worsening coronavirus crisis have been “brainless”, according to the chair of the key parliamentary sports committee.

Manchester City and Fulham players crowded together after scoring in their respective matches on Wednesday. The Premier League’s latest Covid protocols make no explicit reference to celebrations but call on players to avoid unnecessary contact.

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