Premier League games will continue in lockdown despite confusion after TV gaffe

Football fans have been reassured that Premier League matches will continue despite tougher restrictions put in place by the Government.

This evening the Prime Minister outlined another national lockdown, with schools closing and regions being given less freedom.

However, elite sport has been given the green light to continue behind closed doors as it is seen as work.

Soon after Boris Johnson's announcement, Sky News inaccurately reported that Premier League matches were set to be halted.

This caused panic on social media as fans instantly questioned whether football was set to fall foul to yet another lockdown put in place by the Government.

As supporters squabbled on Twitter, Sky News quickly corrected their mistake.

"We may have given you the impression that elite sport had been cancelled, including the Premier League," anchor Dermot Murnaghan said.

"We are hearing that is not the case.

"We will give you more detail on those measures as we absorb them all."

While the Premier League can continue, other sports will suffer due to new lockdown restrictions.

Exercise is allowed – preferably limited to once a day – with people of the same household (or support bubble) or with one other person from another household.

But golf courses and swimming pools will have to close, along with all gyms.

Once again, Premier League players will be reminded to observe the rules – after a host of stars flouted the Government's advice over the festive period.

Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy was caught hosting a New Year's Eve party with people from outside his household, while a number of top flight players spent Christmas together before posting photos on social media.

The Premier League have twice written to clubs over the festive period warning they must remind players over their responsibility to behave in the coming months.

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