Frank Lampard sticks up for football stars, insisting ‘they’re being asked to do their job’ as he refuses to confirm if he will tell his Chelsea players to stop celebrating together in line with latest Covid-19 protocol
- Frank Lampard admits a lot is being asked of footballers during the pandemic
- Latest criticism leveled at football states players shouldn’t celebrate together
- Lampard refused to confirm he would be specifically instructing his men not to
- Chelsea boss says trying to ‘dictate emotions’ in football is very difficult
Frank Lampard has refused to confirm he will be specifically instructing his players not to celebrate together on the pitch, as football comes under yet more criticism during the escalating Covid-19 pandemic.
The Premier League has recently brought in new rulings to increase safety protocols, but Lampard has outlined that trying to ‘dictate emotions’ in football is extremely difficult.
The Chelsea manager was speaking to the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of his side facing Scott Parker’s Fulham on Saturday, and insisted that a lot is already being asked of footballers who are simply trying to do their job.
Frank Lampard wouldn’t give a definitive answer on whether he will ban his stars celebrating
Lampard told reporters: ‘We’ve been told that and there are meetings planned for today and tomorrow. But football is a game of instinct and if we want to take them out of the game…well that’s not simple.
‘Players are good lads and they don’t want to do the wrong thing.’
Sportsmail reported on Thursday that the Premier League have set up a series of urgent meetings with captains and managers to address new covid restrictions amid fears of a government intervention.
Premier League has set up urgent new restrictions which will inform players to remain apart. Pictured: Chelsea players mob Olivier Giroud after a goal scored in late December
Lampard continued: ‘It’s going to be very difficult to police with the excitement and energy football brings. The players have been asked to not show natural instinct in the game, so we will have to see how it works.
‘Some people are being asked to work from home, footballers aren’t. I think we have to understand these guys are human and they’re being asked to do their job.
‘If you understand the passion for football, it can bring out emotions in you. To control the emotions is a fair ask, but to dictate them will be very difficult on the pitch,’ the Chelsea boss added.
Lampard also confirmed that his side are looking fit and healthy ahead of the west London derby this weekend, though will be without the suspended N’Golo Kante.
The Blues are in desperate need of turning recent form around, after winning just one game in their last five and slipping down to ninth in the table as a result.
New Premier League protocols have been issued, informing players to social distance whenever possible including goal celebrations, in the dressing room and during warm-ups
Victory on Saturday could see Chelsea jump back up to seventh, depending on results around them. Fulham meanwhile can break free from the relegation zone if they collect all three points.
Just this week former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan tore into footballers for hugging while celebrating in an extraordinary rant on air with TalkSport, as he claimed ‘clubs don’t have the balls’ to enforce Covid rules.
‘The players will not do as they’re told and do not think they have to, and find reasons why they shouldn’t and the managers have zero authority,’ he told talkSport. ‘In fact, the managers condone it.
Former Crystal Palace Simon Jordan has blasted players who celebrate by hugging each other in a furious rant and claimed he would not be standing for it
‘If this were me and this were my group of players, I can assure you unequivocally, I would walk into that dressing room as owner of that football club and say to those players, with all the best will in the world:
“I’m not asking you, this is not a request, It’s not a guideline – I’m telling you: cut this out. I don’t care what wonderful little routine you want to practise on the training ground for a socially distanced goal celebration, do as you’re being asked or we’re going to have a problem.
‘”You are massively respected, massively rewarded, I value you highly but you will do as you’re bloody well told.”‘
PREMIER LEAGUE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS FOR 2020-21 SEASON
Round 1: Aug 31-Sep 6 – 1,605 tested, with three testing positive.
Round 2: Sep 7-13 – 2,131 tested, with four testing positive.
Round 3: Sep 14-20- 1,574 tested, with three testing positive.
Round 4: Sep 21-27 – 1,595 tested, with 10 testing positive.
Round 5: Sep 28-Oct 4 – 1,587 tested, with nine testing positive.
Round 6: Oct 5-11 – 1,128 tested, with five testing positive.
Round 7: Oct 12-18 – 1,575 tested, with eight testing positive.
Round 8: Oct 19-25 – 1,609 tested, with two testing positive.
Round 9: Oct 26-Nov 1 – 1,446 tested, with four testing positive.
Round 10: Nov 2-8 – 1,646 tested, with four testing positive.
Round 11: Nov 9-15 – 1,207 tested, with 16 testing positive.
Round 12: Nov 16-22 – 1,530 tested, with eight testing positive.
Round 13: Nov 23-29 – 1,381 tested, with 10 testing positive.
Round 14: Nov 30-Dec 6 – 1,483 tested, with 14 testing positive.
Round 15: Dec 7-13 – 1,549 tested, with six testing positive.
Round 16: Dec 14-20 – 1,569 tested, with seven testing positive
Round 17: Dec 21-27 – 1,479 tested, with 18 testing positive
Round 18: Dec 28-Jan 3 – 2,295 tested, with 40 testing positive
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