News DFL: Bundesliga players won't be punished for breaking social...

-

- Advertisment -

DFL: Bundesliga players won’t be punished for breaking social distancing guidelines during goal celebrations

News DFL: Bundesliga players won't be punished for breaking social distancing guidelines during...

The German Football League (DFL) has confirmed players won’t be punished for breaking social distancing guidelines when celebrating goals.

The German Football League (DFL) has confirmed players won’t be punished for breaking social distancing guidelines when celebrating goals.

It says players have been advised to keep their distance, but it isn’t advice which will be strictly enforced.

Hertha Berlin defender Dedryck Boyata raised some eyebrows on the opening Saturday of the Bundesliga’s return, kissing team-mate Marko Grujic on the cheek to celebrate an own goal from Hoffenheim’s Kevin Akpoguma.

In the day’s headline fixture, Erling Haaland marked Borussia Dortmund’s opening goal in their 4-0 derby thrashing of Schalke with a pointedly socially-distanced celebration, but a DFL spokesperson says there will be no punishment for those who don’t follow suit.

The spokesperson said: “On the subject of goal celebrations, it was something that was merely advised in the guidelines – sanctions are therefore not necessary.”

Hertha coach Bruno Labbadia added: “I hope that people outside understand this. It is only a recommendation to hold back.

“We have been tested negative six times, most recently yesterday. Emotions are also a part of it. Otherwise there is no point in playing the game.”

With players at close quarters throughout the match, the efficacy of insisting on socially-distanced goal celebrations has been questioned by some as other top leagues look to come up with guidelines to get their own seasons back underway.

However, while the German first and second divisions aren’t insisting on it, other measures will nonetheless take some getting used to.

Hertha forward Vedad Ibisevic, playing against his former club, was seen spitting in the penalty area after missing a chance in the first half – something which is now against the rules.

Ibisevic did eventually get on the scoresheet in the second half as Hertha swept to a comprehensive 3-0 victory in Hoffenheim.

The Bosnian forward struck just two minutes after Akpoguma had put through his own net, with Matheus Cunha adding a late third.

The result took Hertha up to 11th in the Bundesliga, ending a run of three league games without a win.

Meanwhile, Dortmund followed their derby win with a tribute to their absent fans, saluting the Sudtribune stand where their famous ‘Yellow Wall’ usually resides.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Recent Updates

Lagos governor seeks monthly payment of house rent for residents

The Lagos State Government has called on stakeholders in real estate sector to work out modalities for residents to...

North Korea apologizes for killing of a South Korean official

South Korea said on Friday that North Korea’s leader has apologized for the killing of a South Korean official.Yonhap...

Chelsea boss ready to send Kepa Arrizabalaga away on-loan

Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, is ready to send Kepa Arrizabalaga away on-loan.According to the Sun of UK, Chelsea are...

Imo governor bans state’s traffic agents, task forces

The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has banned all traffic agents and task forces in the state.The state Commissioner...
- Advertisement -

Dozens killed, houses destroyed as floods ravage central Nigeria

State governments in the North-central region of Nigeria are employing measures to halt the perennial flooding ravaging parts of...

Delta governor calls for viable healthcare financing in all states

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has called for the adoption and implementation of a viable and sustainable healthcare financing...
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you