Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defends Man Utd celebrations amid Covid clampdown warning

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended his players’ celebrations following last night’s win over Burnley amid warnings that elite sport could be cancelled should updated Covid-19 related guidelines continue to be ignored.

The Premier League has attempted to introduce strong regulations in order to combat the growing number of infections which have contributed to a number of fixture cancellation.

Chorley’s players were criticised for the raucous dressing room scenes which accompanied Saturday’s FA Cup win over Derby, while the crowds that congregated to welcome Marine’s players to the ground ahead of their tie against Tottenham also raised concerns.

According the new guidelines, players are discouraged from making unnecessary contact at all times, while even substitutes are now required to wear face masks.

And Avi Lasarow, who is chief executive of the Government approved firm ‘Prenetics EMEA’ which runs the top flight testing programme across all 20 clubs, believes it is imperative the suggestions are heeded if the season is to continue largely uninterrupted.

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He told the Daily Star: ‘The Premier League is in constant consultation with clubs regarding testing, which is just part of the protection put in place against the pandemic.

‘We work across multiple sectors and our role is to provide a service for our clients. Protocols are the key to keeping things going and they are in place for a reason. They should always be observed and listened to.’

United’s players, meanwhile, were understandably overjoyed at securing three points at Turf Moor which cemented their place at the top of the table ahead of Sunday’s summit meeting with Liverpool, and Solskjaer, although sympathetic will remind them of their obligations ahead of the trip to Anfield.

He said: ‘It’s an emotional game but we have to understand the players when they celebrate. But we also understand the concern nowadays for a bit of less emotions and less hugging but it’s difficult because football it brings out the best and the worst in you.

‘Of course when you score you want to celebrate with your teammates. We will do our best to keep with the guidelines of course we will because we I think we all want football to carry on safely

‘I think mentally for many people it’s a relief but we understand the situation that the country is in.’

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