The Government has alerted Premier League teams that, according to sources, players and staff are not social distancing at water breaks or goal celebrations.
The introduction of water breaks came as Project Restart kicked off on June 17, with one happening at the midpoint of each half and eventually even becoming de facto coaching sessions for others.
Butnotes that this week the Premier League approached all the top-flight clubs directly in a letter to inform them to urge their players to minimize unnecessary contact.
The Premier League also had to ‘agree with social distancing measures and protocols for staff, officials and players on the bench and/or playground, to include: personal behavior during player disputes or between players and referees; and scoring celebrations.’
The article notes that administrators were advised to make extra measures to force coaches off the field if they try to speak to players after the break, a task that has become extremely challenging.
Also, the 20 clubs were warned that they must improve certain habits or risk giving the public a bad example.