The EPL sent out new directives recently including demands that gamers tone down celebrations such as hugging after goals are scored and avoid handshakes and swapping t-shirts.

EPL president Richard Masters followed that up with a letter to clubs on Tuesday, composing: “We are fortunate to be able to continue to play and bring our competitors to fans at home and all over the world.

” This brings warranted extra analysis and the Premier League must take the lead in setting the ideal example to follow.”

Manchester United players clearly had not received the message as they joyously commemorated Paul Pogba’s goal in the 1-0 win over Burnley on Tuesday which sent them 3 points clear at the top of the table.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated later on: “We’ll do our best to keep with the guidelines because all of us desire football to continue safely.”

Comparable directions have actually likewise been issued by the English Football League (EFL) and their chief executive Trevor Birch cautioned clubs on Tuesday the season could be stopped if the government sees any further flouting of the guidelines.

Britain is fighting a new, more transmissible strain of the infection that is spreading out rapidly. Schools and non-essential stores are closed and individuals are being urged to work from home.

Last week saw the worst daily case numbers and death tolls given that the start of the break out, prompting require even harder rules, consisting of increasing social distancing.

The Premier League has so far been forced to postpone far less matches than the EFL due to coronavirus infections. Only a handful of video games have been called compared to over 50 outside the top flight.

Nevertheless, there are doubts surrounding Aston Villa’s game with Everton this weekend which has actually already been relocated to Sunday from the original Saturday slot.

Villa have actually been unable to satisfy Wednesday’s league clash with Tottenham Hotspur due to the fact that several of their players and staff tested positive for coronavirus recently, forcing their training ground to be closed.

Rental property had to field a group of teens in the FA Cup defeat against Liverpool.

Masters admits more postponements might be on the cards.

” It is currently clear that we need to do all we can to effectively make use of all readily available calendar slots,” he stated.

” Offered there have been 3 significant Covid-19 break outs at clubs to date and we ought to therefore reasonably prepare for the reality that there may be more.”

He likewise cautioned that clubs’ ask for postponements will typically be “at short notification”.