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Bundesliga players spark concern with celebrations

Bundesliga players spark concern by defying social distancing rules to celebrate goals

May 17, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
A number of players breached precautionary measures to celebrate goals in their first game following the two-month lay-off.

Calls for stringent measures to be introduced into the Bundesliga are gathering pace after players breached social distancing rules in matches following the restoration of the season. Some games played over the weekend saw players coming overriding precautionary measures to celebrate with and hug teammates after producing goals.

Prior to the resumption of the league, players were advised by the authorities to remain cautious and vigilant while avoiding the urge to celebrate goals with their teammates after scoring. In Saturday's Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04, the instructions were put to practice with the players keeping their distance to jubilate after Erling Haaland scored the first goal of their 4-0 victory.

The case was similar across other league centers although others also failed to stick to the guidelines. During Saturday's encounter with Hoffeinham, Hertha Berlin's Dedryck Boyata kissed teammate Marko Grujic on the cheek after the visitors opened the scoring in their 3-0 win.

Relatively, several Borussia Moenchengladbach players embraced each other after their side took an early lead in the 3-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt. On Sunday, Bayern Munich players featured in close proximity goal celebrations, 'elbow-bumping' each other as goals from Robert Lewandowski and Benjamin Pavard restored their four-point lead atop the Bundesliga table.

According to the new guidelines added to the DFL rule book, there will be no repercussions should teammates decide to celebrate goals. The league's governing body has stated that the action does not "form part of the medical organization concept of 'Task Force Sports Medicine/Special league operation.'"

Nevertheless, the state minister for Bavaria, Markus Soeder, insists that that should not be the case.

"Football has an extreme function to be a role model, so we should stick to our instructions and pay attention to it next week," he told broadcaster Sport1 on Sunday.

"I didn't like it [that Hertha Berlin breached protocol]. The players must also obey the rules."

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