Should footballers be hugging?
13/01/2021 | sport | football | 1,721
BBC Sport explores the debate around footballers' celebrations amid tighter coronavirus restrictions in the sport.
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13/01/2021 15:22:24 9 16
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No
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13/01/2021 15:22:25 3 16
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no so shut up and stop talking nonsense
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13/01/2021 15:24:02 16 6
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Yes
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13/01/2021 15:24:16 53 8
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Who cares.They break and flout every other rule.
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13/01/2021 16:27:39 14 6
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Well said that man ! ??
13/01/2021 19:54:34 1 0
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Only the Australian cricketers can compete
14/01/2021 20:07:30 0 0
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It's a cultural thing and the mindset is only encouraged by like-minded commentators coming out with comments like, "he had to foul him in that situation" and "taking one for the team" which just signals that cheating is OK.
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13/01/2021 15:24:28 64 31
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I couldn't care less.
Selfish clown. Removed
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13/01/2021 19:05:46 5 0
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- about the pandemic?
- about the article?
- about life?
- about the frivolousness of your post?
- about not posting meaning caring less?
They should be fined and conscripted to the NHS.

#FreeJohnWorboys
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13/01/2021 15:25:01 7 7
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No.

And there ends another important and relevant discussion.
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13/01/2021 15:25:07 16 10
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Couldn't care less really.
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13/01/2021 16:03:07 8 1
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As it is, players are sharing coaches and changing rooms. Not to mention all sorts of other physical contact during the matches themselves, and the spitting. A handful are also mixing illegally outside of football.

When clubs experience outbreaks, I find it hard to believe that the odd high five when a goal is scored is the reason why. If you want to reduce transmission, just suspend the season.
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13/01/2021 15:25:27 8 5
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Footballers are immune so it's fine
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13/01/2021 15:25:38 20 4
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Yes
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13/01/2021 15:25:52 17 2
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Brighton and Hove Albion should be applauded as they have totally eradicated any celebration when winning a game.
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13/01/2021 15:28:56 1 0
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LOL
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13/01/2021 15:26:06 9 6
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Yes....We should do what all man u fans wanted last season and null and void the league, immediately
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13/01/2021 15:29:15 3 1
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And here we have it, had a little HYS bingo going on. You have 'null and void' crossed off nice and early
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13/01/2021 15:26:10 5 3
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Accordong to 2020 logic, anybody who doesn't want football to be continued throughout this pandemic really just doesn't want Liverpool to win the title last year....
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13/01/2021 15:29:50 4 0
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Couldn’t agree more, 2019-2020*.
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Its not as embarrassing as bending a knee in support of a radical left wing movement. Removed
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13/01/2021 15:28:57 4 13
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Oh dear, they are bending the knee for racial equality. I hear your argument all the time from racists
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13/01/2021 15:26:48 100 52
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I have no idea why elite sport is allowed to continue. There are far too many outbreaks, mostly in football.
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13/01/2021 15:40:09 60 15
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I'm pretty sure "most" outbreaks aren't because of football....
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13/01/2021 15:58:12 3 2
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And mainly from the Man Covidzens, the blue plague of mercenaries who think they are above it..lets hope Covid reassures them they're not..
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13/01/2021 15:58:52 8 3
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Any deaths No
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13/01/2021 16:26:10 8 2
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Compared to any other sector? Much fewer its just in the public eye. There are remarkably few cases considering how many matches they have played
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13/01/2021 16:29:48 4 1
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????????????????????
10 reasons there for you !
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13/01/2021 16:51:38 4 0
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how many footballers have died recently from Covid?
14/01/2021 14:14:56 0 0
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probably less likely to have it, and more likely to have asymptomatic cases detected than the general population.
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13/01/2021 15:26:53 10 11
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There is such a blame culture across society at the minute and it is disgusting. We are constantly looking for scapegoats and the media and politicians have aimed their target at professional sport, presumably to deflect from their complete inadequacy in story writing or policy making respectively.

Perhaps focus attention on creating plans for education or testing rather than blaming the 0.01%.
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13/01/2021 16:53:51 2 1
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well said! the governments continuously blame the public for not 'complying' or footballers for not doing every little silly thing they demand. at what point have any governments officials come out and take some blame and responsibility for things like the job losses, closure of businesses, lack of treatment for life threatening illnesses etc? never. they just blame us for not mindlessly complying
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13/01/2021 15:27:07 27 15
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As a performer, who works in teams of people, I understand, all too well, the need for physical contact however there is a communicable, potentially fatal virus around, which thrives on that contact and we mustn't forget that we live with other people. We've seen the number of cases, in the game, rise and there's still no cure. How long before someone succumbs? This won't be forever. Safety first!
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13/01/2021 15:58:33 17 51
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It isn’t fatal. Unless it’s 80 plus year olds playing walking football.
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13/01/2021 16:49:29 1 7
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99.3% survival rate. FACT.
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13/01/2021 15:27:18 188 13
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When our sport resumed, it was under protocols that stopped any unnecessary contact. No handshakes after game, no changing facilities at the game, no travelling.

Would this be one rule for the elite, and one for us plebs. Seems to be a lot of that around.
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13/01/2021 16:40:19 25 179
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Hugging is natural it's good that men do it more and the players are setting a good example, agree the virus makes it difficult but they are sending a great statement men need to hug too especially in these difficult times I think it means even more.
13/01/2021 22:14:51 2 0
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In NZ, our sport didnt resume until there was no community cases that were not already isolated. As a result, there was only 7 games in the season.
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13/01/2021 15:27:52 2 3
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I’m not losing any sleep over it.
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13/01/2021 15:27:54 1 2
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If they can supply a negative test 2 hours before the game then yes
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13/01/2021 17:39:47 1 1
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A negative test doesn't actually mean they aren't infected.
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13/01/2021 15:27:55 3 1
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I was more upset about letting hundreds of thousands of fans go to matches when it would have been smarter to keep fans away when the numbers infected were much lower.

These players are in contact with each other anyway.
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13/01/2021 15:53:38 1 0
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Whilst i agree with the general thrust of your argument, hundreds of thousands have not been allowed back into matches since last March, unless you are aggregating all such attendances. From early December a maximum of 2,000 per match were allowed into stadia in Tier 2 areas under strict guidelines for distancing. This applied to all grounds whether their capacity was 10,000 or 80,000.
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13/01/2021 15:27:58 325 41
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This article and the question it poses are ridiculous. They are also symptomatic of the way football at the top level views itself. They think that they are a class above and different from us - refer to the Celtic jaunt to Dubai.
Observe the same rules as everyone else you muppets: and for God's sake Stone, stop pandering to the clubs and players.
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13/01/2021 15:42:38 116 9
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I don't agree with the trips to Dubai - I can't believe the clubs actually went ahead with it. But at the time no laws were broken so what can you do? if you have the resources then you could have booked the next flight out after the Celtic team. Point being - they're not living under different rules, it's just the rules were a joke in the first place. Still, I agree it was stupid to fly there.
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13/01/2021 16:45:19 0 0
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YES YES YES YES. The F.A. do F. A. and will continue
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13/01/2021 17:01:42 2 2
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Totally agree that it's a ridiculous article. I suspect the Dubai trip was planned and paid for weeks ago, before the more recent surge in cases.
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13/01/2021 18:21:40 2 0
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The BBC are not capable analysing anything!

On their flagship News at Six just now they reported that the UK has vaccinated just 4 in 100,000 people...

...the correct figues is 4 in 100 people!
13/01/2021 20:04:07 2 0
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Saw a minimalist apology from the Celtic CEO hoping that with an acknowledgement (hardly an apology) the whole thing will go away as quickly as possible. They had according to an estimate in a BBC article spent £250K on the trip . in the middle of a pandemic ! The club and/or Scottish FA should have stopped the trip when things started to deteriorate but didn't and now the lower leagues suffer.
13/01/2021 22:40:30 2 0
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Absolutely agree. The Premier League are weak in all departments concerning discipline and must start having the strength to upset a few people. Also, the players are still surrounding the referees, with no real action. Use VAR for this as well?
14/01/2021 13:36:41 1 0
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Agreed
Mic
14/01/2021 17:04:23 0 0
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I think you speak for the majority of us, saying the law wasnt broken is another cop-out we are responsible not just to ourselves but everyone we meet. Footballers constantly think they are above everyone yet i ask why when they break the regs they are not fined & banned & if the club allow that to happen they should also be fined & deducted points. If we are too survive we need to work together
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13/01/2021 15:28:02 530 104
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Hugging is the least of my concerns, I am more concerned about the disgusting language being used which is now easy to hear through the TV, also disrespect to referees and constant diving,playacting and cheating in the game. They are poor role-models for anyone.
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13/01/2021 15:31:39 369 38
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Agreed. They should follow rugby's example where an International player has just been banned for 2 weeks for swearing at a referee. Such discipline will then also reflect into the crowd - hence no major trouble at rugby games.
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mj
13/01/2021 15:31:41 38 5
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You forgot the spitting on the pitch.
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13/01/2021 15:50:37 16 4
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Thankfully foul language does not transmit virus, unless you shout in someone's face. You are right, but the issue before us is transmission of the virus and footballers as role models
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13/01/2021 15:52:47 17 26
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I would much rather my son or daughter use bad language than be dead using no language at all
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13/01/2021 15:58:33 28 23
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If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Simples.
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13/01/2021 16:03:50 12 29
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Swearing is part of British culture, at least it was to the teachers that taught at the schools i went to...
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13/01/2021 16:06:16 17 21
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Well turn off the telly or turn the volume down.
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13/01/2021 16:11:05 23 1
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When I was young and taken to a game players swore fans swore my dad told me just because they swearing are does not mean you do,
I listened to my dad, parents need to parent their own kids and stop wanting everyone else to do it for them
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13/01/2021 16:11:18 13 6
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Why are they role models? You can’t impose your own standards on people because they’re in the public eye. Teach your children how to behave yourself.
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13/01/2021 16:22:02 1 12
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Until crowds drown it out mute your TV
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13/01/2021 16:23:38 2 7
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Swearing never killed anybody , hugging does
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13/01/2021 16:23:44 3 11
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There's a difference between swearing at someone and swearing in the heat of competitive sport. They are only words at the end of the day said in the heat of competition, anyone who has ever played competitive sport does the same
You need to live in the real world you pathetic little man, what do you think your kids hear at school? never sworn in front of your kids? DONT WATCH IT IF You don't like.

Seriously you need a shake
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13/01/2021 16:28:19 6 3
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Why is one word bad and another word good?
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13/01/2021 16:36:35 3 2
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It's a pity there isn't a way of controlling the volume on the tv isn't it.
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13/01/2021 16:41:54 4 17
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If you are so offended with hearing bad language then why don't you watch the coverage with the fake crowd noises snowflake?
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13/01/2021 16:45:39 3 9
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Clearly you've never been to a football game. Its a working class game and working class people swear and speak their minds. It always has been, if you don't like it and and can't handle a few swear words then football is not for you. You've clearly never been to a game in your life if swearing offends you.
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13/01/2021 16:46:10 12 2
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Agree with this in the main. I think lots of people are missing the point that the pro's set the tone & culture for the whole game, right down to Sunday league. The lack of respect shown to officials manifests itself at all levels and some of the abuse and intimidation dished out to Sunday league refs is shocking. If those at the top set the example it would be a big step in the right direction.
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dan
13/01/2021 16:53:04 0 2
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Well said
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13/01/2021 16:53:21 1 2
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Rashford loves a good swear. Think his best one was during the Leipzig game. LOUD & clear.
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13/01/2021 17:03:59 0 0
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Maintaining a semblance of following social distancing rules is a good "role model".
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13/01/2021 17:14:12 2 2
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And the constant spitting . . .
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tym
13/01/2021 17:20:48 0 0
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Couldn't care less about the language they use, but the rest of it I agree with.
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13/01/2021 17:31:23 2 1
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You obviously don't attend football matches. Unfortunately it is part of the game. The players, Managers, the bench even THE FANS swear all the time. If you don't like swearing then don't go to or watch football.
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13/01/2021 17:34:37 3 4
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OMG language don't watch then people dying and you harping on about language get over yourself maybe a bit of choice language will make people do as they are told
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13/01/2021 17:49:41 4 1
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Who uses football players as a role model?
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TT
13/01/2021 17:49:53 3 2
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If you want a saint call a priest and go and bore him instead.
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13/01/2021 17:50:09 2 2
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Swearing doesn't kill people
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13/01/2021 17:52:12 1 1
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That's right - swearing increases the spread of Covid!
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13/01/2021 15:28:03 10 8
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They’ve all taken negative tests in order to play. So what’s the issue?
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13/01/2021 15:28:18 5 2
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Lock them up! Throw away the Key!!!
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13/01/2021 15:28:21 8 7
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Not for me. Primary reason given for football continuing is the mental boost it gives all of us watching. Seeing players celebrating within the team (which is a bubble anyway) just makes it feel more genuine and escapism from the sorry state the country is in right now!
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13/01/2021 15:33:16 6 6
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I don't know anyone whose getting a mental boost by football continuing.

Some of us have more than football in our lives.
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13/01/2021 15:28:21 19 3
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No but the MSM has vilified the ordinary man for going to see their families so ~I guess footballers shouldn't be immune to "criticism" even if it for a small thing like this. Piers Morgan, Beth Rigby, Kay Burley etc all broke the rules.
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13/01/2021 15:28:23 2 11
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The BBC are gunning for Football and Footballers aren't they. Well BBC football is one of the few things keeping us sane by having it to watch at weekends and some evenings.
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13/01/2021 15:32:01 8 3
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If you need football to keep you same, I genuinely pity you.
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13/01/2021 15:28:43 1 5
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No.
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13/01/2021 17:49:11 0 0
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I mean yes!
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13/01/2021 15:28:49 211 14
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Having to play every three days, not being able to hug and kiss, breaking COVID rules but then apologising when caught out ...........the life of a footballer is really tough at the moment
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13/01/2021 15:57:06 111 5
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What chance of spending your paltry £150000 a week
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13/01/2021 16:41:47 0 10
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I think kissing maybe we're not ready yet for that but great to see them hugging and cuddling more if they are allowed in the same bubble, they are role models for many men.
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13/01/2021 17:51:36 7 1
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I agree and Scott Parker has the nerve to moan about 'short notice'.
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13/01/2021 15:28:55 3 7
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NO. Now onto more important things.
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13/01/2021 15:25:52 17 2
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Brighton and Hove Albion should be applauded as they have totally eradicated any celebration when winning a game.
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13/01/2021 15:28:56 1 0
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LOL
Its not as embarrassing as bending a knee in support of a radical left wing movement. Removed
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13/01/2021 15:28:57 4 13
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Oh dear, they are bending the knee for racial equality. I hear your argument all the time from racists
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13/01/2021 15:32:04 0 1
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But to be clear you are not accusing oldbob of being racist ?
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13/01/2021 15:33:31 1 2
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And I hear your argument all the time from sheep that are not the slightest bit interested in facts.
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13/01/2021 15:39:08 0 2
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Bending a knee for racial equality pull the other one. They are puppets for BLM who just happen to be a self professed Marxist/Anarchist movement who want to destroy Capitalism etc etc. Look at the banners around the ground featuring BLM. Do some reading up on the subject it does help.
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13/01/2021 15:26:06 9 6
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Yes....We should do what all man u fans wanted last season and null and void the league, immediately
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13/01/2021 15:29:15 3 1
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And here we have it, had a little HYS bingo going on. You have 'null and void' crossed off nice and early
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13/01/2021 15:29:35 2 2
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Can see argument for but the Teams are in bubbles for training etc. The only reason for not doing it would be to give impression that they adhere to all social distancing policies and stop polls like this
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13/01/2021 15:29:43 49 11
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I for one and glad that the lack of crowds has also seen a decrease in those stupid goal celebrations (ie riupping off shirts; kicking the corner flag; doing a sill dance).

Yes celebrating a goal might have to stop for a bit but we all have to change our ways during this crisis. Some say it's spontaneous but if so then how many other people do such things when they do something well at work ?
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13/01/2021 15:37:22 74 14
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Totally agree :)
Don't see the postman taking his shirt off when he delivers a letter, the shop assisytant doesn't lean across and kiss me when she serves me.
A fist or elbow bump should be sufficient acknowledgement that the player has done what he is paid to do
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Jim
13/01/2021 19:26:56 2 2
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Its a sport you cant compare it to other mundane jobs most of us cant stand. Try playing any sport at any level and resist celebrating winning or doing something positive it is impossible at any level.
13/01/2021 21:43:54 0 0
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Well they might be celebrating there goal bonus , and also these behaviours are learnt when your a kid going through the ranks , I played for Wimbledon FC youth academy (before they became mk dons) and celebrating was part of the euphoric release of scoring a goal nothing to do with a job as it was a hobby/passion at that point , it's a learnt behaviour .
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13/01/2021 15:29:47 2 9
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Ffs what next rules on how to exactly score a goal how fast you can run and header distance limits!
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13/01/2021 15:26:10 5 3
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Accordong to 2020 logic, anybody who doesn't want football to be continued throughout this pandemic really just doesn't want Liverpool to win the title last year....
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13/01/2021 15:29:50 4 0
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Couldn’t agree more, 2019-2020*.
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13/01/2021 15:29:52 5 5
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Just another case of one rule for one and one for another but really who gives a toss?
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13/01/2021 15:30:16 3 9
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No, and can they stop fist-bumping as well? The amount of testing for these games means the football pitch is among the safest Covid-free environments you can get.
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13/01/2021 15:30:31 1 3
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I thought all football was meant to be in a magical bubble where they can't mix with the outside world. Its the covid breaches by individuals that are the issue not in match closeness for 5 seconds.
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13/01/2021 15:31:02 151 22
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It's emotional? So is going to a funeral.
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13/01/2021 17:18:35 20 16
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I wish I could like this comment so many more times.
13/01/2021 20:29:31 1 0
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Your obviously a Newcastle fan
13/01/2021 20:44:24 2 1
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Exactly and I celebrate just as wildly at those also. So now I'm not allowed to leap for joy at funerals? Well that really takes the fun out of it.
14/01/2021 02:36:08 2 1
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Brilliant comment. Just about sums it up.
I've been playing amateur football for the past 2 decades in Sydney and not once have I felt the need to hug, kiss or participate in any form of horizontal jogging with any teammate that scores a goal; a clap from afar, a pat on the back, the occasional high-five.
Most professional footballers have IQs akin to their ages.
14/01/2021 07:57:53 4 1
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People have lost their sense of proportion. You appear to be one of them.
14/01/2021 13:20:27 1 0
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Jesus wept
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13/01/2021 15:31:08 2 0
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Cmon BBC Double checking an inoffensive remark. Once on BBC hit list always there.
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13/01/2021 15:31:29 2 3
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Not bothered by the hugging but if crowds keep appearing matches will have to be stopped.
Not to mention footballers going on sunny trips abroad is frustrating.
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13/01/2021 15:45:17 3 0
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It's the spitting that gets me!!!
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13/01/2021 15:31:30 70 12
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Long story short; footballers can do whatever they want and do not live with the same rules as the rest of us.
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13/01/2021 16:55:36 10 36
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Neither do alot of the wealthy and famous, get over it people.
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Hugging is the least of my concerns, I am more concerned about the disgusting language being used which is now easy to hear through the TV, also disrespect to referees and constant diving,playacting and cheating in the game. They are poor role-models for anyone.
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13/01/2021 15:31:39 369 38
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Agreed. They should follow rugby's example where an International player has just been banned for 2 weeks for swearing at a referee. Such discipline will then also reflect into the crowd - hence no major trouble at rugby games.
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13/01/2021 15:52:30 7 3
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The player you're on about was lucky . He should have been red carded..
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GD
13/01/2021 15:59:52 16 51
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Please don’t bring your Rugby mindset into football. 147 break, u should just stick to Rugby.
Unfortunately in todays world that would be seen as restricting someone's freedom of speech ??????
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13/01/2021 16:23:44 6 14
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I live in Newcastle. Dean Richards is the Falcons coach - a man who disproves all the nonsense about rugby being superior in terms of discipline, good manners and fair play. The rugby crowd might cause less trouble but are more likely to initiate a boundary dispute over your garden fence. Silly game for chartered surveyors.
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13/01/2021 16:25:43 9 4
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No, just players stamping on other players heads and more punches than a Tyson fury fight and I won’t mention ranatungaring.
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13/01/2021 16:33:42 3 1
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Blimey in is playing days of note Rooney would have never finished a single game.
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13/01/2021 17:07:49 5 1
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For me, that ban is far too lenient. Disrespecting the referee like that is for me something that warrants the book being thrown at them. 5 game ban at least would be a deterrent for me
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Hugging is the least of my concerns, I am more concerned about the disgusting language being used which is now easy to hear through the TV, also disrespect to referees and constant diving,playacting and cheating in the game. They are poor role-models for anyone.
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mj
13/01/2021 15:31:41 38 5
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You forgot the spitting on the pitch.
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13/01/2021 15:31:45 16 2
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My wife was taken into A&E this morning with low oxygen levels because of Covid-19; thanks for your concern Slayer.
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13/01/2021 15:31:58 5 3
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Why pick on footballers rugby players hug all the time in scrums
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13/01/2021 15:31:58 1 3
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The hugging hasn't stopped since the restart last season.

Clearly the FA aren't upset or one would assume they would've actually done something to stop it by now.

Makes no adds to me, I'm just an audience member like everyone else on here.
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13/01/2021 15:31:59 11 3
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No, they should be upset at all the Covid conspiracy theorists who refuse to wear masks, don't social distance and spout their anti-vaxxer crap all over social media.
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13/01/2021 15:35:18 0 14
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We went into lockdown just weeks after the last one. Despite all the mask wearing etc.

There are people are conspiracy theorists. There are also people who believe the rules are ineffective gimmicks.

The numbers prove the latter is correct.
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13/01/2021 15:28:23 2 11
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The BBC are gunning for Football and Footballers aren't they. Well BBC football is one of the few things keeping us sane by having it to watch at weekends and some evenings.
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13/01/2021 15:32:01 8 3
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If you need football to keep you same, I genuinely pity you.
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13/01/2021 15:41:01 2 0
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I dont want your pity. I have lost my father to covid and yes Football along with a myriad of other things are keeping me sane.
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13/01/2021 16:33:00 0 0
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So what would recommend to help people retain some semblance of normality and reduce anxiety at this time?
I’m guessing your suggestions would be; the music of some obscure Russian Classical composers, Ancient Greek Poetry, Studying Latin, Crocheting, Reformation Furniture Design, being Smug and Patronising. Oh, and Croquet.
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13/01/2021 15:28:57 4 13
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Oh dear, they are bending the knee for racial equality. I hear your argument all the time from racists
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13/01/2021 15:32:04 0 1
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But to be clear you are not accusing oldbob of being racist ?
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13/01/2021 15:34:34 1 2
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Nope, didn't say that I said I hear that argument from racists. What's the betting all oldbobs likes and my dislikes are from white people?
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13/01/2021 15:32:15 6 2
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If they want special treatment (all the time) they need to earn it. At the moment they clearly IMO arent
55
13/01/2021 15:32:43 3 2
bbc
You can't expect United not to hug each other in elation when they've got the goal to go top of the league. The problem is players such as Mendy, Walker and Mitrovic etc hosting and attending parties. The players are tested weekly, if they don't break rules they should not come into contact with the virus.
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13/01/2021 15:37:49 3 1
bbc
same goes for 'normal' public, many are negative yet we all HAVE to follow the rules
56
13/01/2021 15:33:07 6 6
bbc
As long as all the players are covid negative, I see no problem with the players celebrating a goal or a victory.
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13/01/2021 15:36:47 5 1
bbc
im covid negative but i still HAVE to stick to the rules
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13/01/2021 15:46:56 1 0
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But please ask them to stop spitting !!!
57
13/01/2021 15:33:07 4 8
bbc
Footballers are tested regularly and usually follow the rules. The outcry at them hugging is purely based on the fact that they may have the virus and could be spreading it - which is impossible as they are tested constantly.
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13/01/2021 15:47:36 3 0
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so why has so many clubs had cases of covid?? in fact why has so many sports had cases of covid??
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13/01/2021 15:28:21 8 7
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Not for me. Primary reason given for football continuing is the mental boost it gives all of us watching. Seeing players celebrating within the team (which is a bubble anyway) just makes it feel more genuine and escapism from the sorry state the country is in right now!
58
13/01/2021 15:33:16 6 6
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I don't know anyone whose getting a mental boost by football continuing.

Some of us have more than football in our lives.
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13/01/2021 15:49:17 2 2
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You obviously don't know many people then.
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13/01/2021 15:55:56 2 0
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Whether you get a boost probably depends on whether you enjoy football - hope that helped solve that puzzle for you :)
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13/01/2021 15:33:26 189 18
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When you consider that many of the Population miss hugging their Children / Grandchildren etc then I can see why people get upset over this. Footballers have never bothered with peoples opinions about how they dive and cheat so they will not be bothered by peoples opinions on this either. They live in their own little world
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13/01/2021 15:39:59 99 1
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Granted and I can agree
However
They're allowed to do w.e they want with corners, with pushing and pulling, basically hugging there (apparently not allowed but rarely punished). Physical contact tackles are allowed, but this is not?
It doesn't all add up

Off pitch activity needs improving though, any breaches should be hit with suspensions on pitch.
14/01/2021 09:30:05 1 0
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Given that they are tested regularly, in bubbles, and there is plenty of close contact between the two teams during the game I don't have any real issue with celebrating goals. It's a semblance of normality we can still enjoy in a strange scenario.

Where I do have an issue is off-field behaviour. If they break the rules it should be a ban equiv. to a straight red enforced by the FA.
14/01/2021 12:18:09 2 0
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More fool the population who havent hugged their children/grandchildren
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13/01/2021 15:28:57 4 13
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Oh dear, they are bending the knee for racial equality. I hear your argument all the time from racists
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13/01/2021 15:33:31 1 2
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And I hear your argument all the time from sheep that are not the slightest bit interested in facts.
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13/01/2021 15:34:12 131 26
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Why has ejecting saliva forcibly from one's mouth not been penalised, its a complete joke, fine them and ban them, and/or 6 weeks unpaid work in Covid Ward the 4th officail should pick it up and could use VAR as well. :-)
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13/01/2021 15:49:00 85 16
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Totally agree with you.... no need for spitting!
191
13/01/2021 15:57:40 11 7
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There was a lot of spitting by the spurs players on Sunday night. No need for this disgusting habit.
288
13/01/2021 16:19:31 12 4
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The spitting and nasal excretions are totally disgusting and snot nice to see.
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13/01/2021 16:32:08 15 4
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Run 20 yards...spit...get tackled...spit....before taking a corner....spit ...run 40 yards..spit twice then expel nasal excrement.... Wouldn't want to fall over into that little lot ??
497
13/01/2021 16:55:17 9 1
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That's a bit unfair on the 4th official that he has to pick it up unless he has some sort of vacuum pump.
528
13/01/2021 17:07:02 5 15
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Yes, you’re so right. Players also sweat and breathe, both actions being known carriers of the virus, yet neither is penalised. Disgraceful! And yes, make them work in a COVID ward. I’m sure that a number of untrained people wandering around is exactly what the hard-pressed NHS staff want at the moment.
13/01/2021 20:52:50 3 1
bbc
100% agree. I'm fed up of seeing players spitting and blowing snot all over the pitch, disgusting
13/01/2021 21:00:49 3 3
bbc
Such hateful vitriol. Footballers spit. Yes, lets fine them 6 weeks wages and force them to work unpaid (slavery) in COVID wards for spitting on grass while exercising. Sentence them to death, I say. Can we just calm down, please!?
14/01/2021 08:42:00 0 0
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What they need are pockets in their shorts to keep a handkerchief
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13/01/2021 15:34:18 4 0
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Just a bit weird as it's done to celebrate with their fans, but as they aren't there then surely something more appropriate? A 1930's handshake perhaps, Mr Chumley-Warner?
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13/01/2021 15:34:29 315 42
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If we aren't allowed to meet our family members it does seem a bit much to watch a bunch of overpaid prima donnas hugging each other because one of them succesfully conned a referee into giving them a penalty.
72
13/01/2021 15:36:31 103 28
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^^ this.

There's clearly alot of people here who love footballers more than their own family.
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13/01/2021 16:38:05 1 14
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If they want to hug each other it's good for moral and sets a good example to other men
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13/01/2021 16:50:25 9 1
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Agreed, especially as they are only doing their job. I don't see the referee doing high-fives when he books a player - it is what hei s paid to do !
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Bob
13/01/2021 17:02:39 11 10
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Your family haven't been tested. These players have. Multiple times.
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13/01/2021 17:13:28 16 9
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Footballers: tested frequently, definitely not carrying the virus.
Family members: not tested frequently, if at all. Come into contact with various other people, also not tested. Could easily be infected.
Are people really unable to understand the difference or are they being deliberately obtuse.
( the latter, in my opinion)
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JWG
13/01/2021 17:42:53 4 14
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Why don't we all go into cardboard boxes and pee through the holes. If you don't like it, switch it off and lock yourself in. Enough is enough listening to the uneducated squealing at everything. Get some critical thinking if you are capable, there are plenty that have enough listening to the fear screams. Lets start thinking about actions which are evidence based
13/01/2021 20:08:32 0 1
bbc
Egg chaser, by chance?
14/01/2021 01:38:51 1 0
bbc
If that's how you feel about them, don't watch..
14/01/2021 09:19:54 2 0
bbc
The players are regularly tested & are asked to play a physical game. The celebration furore is hypocritica when players maintain physical contact during a game. Marking an opponent is completely hands on.
One of the guarantees of modern life is that there's always a queue of bitter, envious people lined up to lay into footballers - even now as they are asked to publicly perform during a pandemic
14/01/2021 14:05:56 2 1
bbc
They are all being tested, they are training and playing in such close proximity to each other anyway. I find it extremely unlikely that one of the players could be positive when taking the field for a match without already having passed it on to his team mates.
You'll be saying people can't hug the people they live with next.
14/01/2021 16:16:37 2 0
bbc
If this is your attitude why watch?
64
13/01/2021 15:34:32 10 0
bbc
I don't get the question the survey is asking...

Your 1st sentence says 'footballers have been reminded that "handshakes, high fives and hugs must be avoided"'

Then we're asked "Footballers are advised not to...", well of course the answer is to agree to that statement as they have been advised not to. Do you mean should they?
195
13/01/2021 15:58:17 17 2
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This is the BBC sports dept you're talking about. Don't expect any proper journalism or subject structure, all they do is copy and paste.
53
13/01/2021 15:32:04 0 1
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But to be clear you are not accusing oldbob of being racist ?
65
13/01/2021 15:34:34 1 2
bbc
Nope, didn't say that I said I hear that argument from racists. What's the betting all oldbobs likes and my dislikes are from white people?
69
13/01/2021 15:35:42 1 1
bbc
Oh dear... you are racist.
66
13/01/2021 15:35:06 1 0
bbc
Where does this leave rugby then ? Bristol Bears had to leave out 4 props because of covid picked up in the scrum !
67
13/01/2021 15:35:16 152 17
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when football first came back players barely spat, gradually theyre let their standards drop to as it was before, then players have parties and think saying sorry makes it all OK. Ban them for 6 months no wages selfish morons
523
13/01/2021 17:05:14 20 93
bbc
Players are in a work bubble with colleagues. As such, there is no issue.
903
13/01/2021 19:08:13 2 4
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So basically they have acted like a large portion of the country has, even Government. Relax rules, tighten rules, stay at home, eat out etc. You’ll want to respond saying they are in public eye and should be role models, but you cannot put on pedestal on one hand, and them slate that they play by different rules on the other
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13/01/2021 20:11:30 5 0
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They are only sorry because they got got I would suggest. Paul Scholes’ children each had a New Years Eve party and he knew nothing about it. If you say so Paul.
13/01/2021 21:01:30 5 2
bbc
Not only ban them, but deduct the team 10 points for every time they break the rules. That would soon put a stop to it. They are lucky enough as it is to be still playing at all, when everyone else has to stay at home.
13/01/2021 21:27:54 0 0
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I'm sorry have you actually recorded evidence of the amount players are spitting per game?

This comment is nothing more than you predetermined opinion.
51
13/01/2021 15:31:59 11 3
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No, they should be upset at all the Covid conspiracy theorists who refuse to wear masks, don't social distance and spout their anti-vaxxer crap all over social media.
68
13/01/2021 15:35:18 0 14
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We went into lockdown just weeks after the last one. Despite all the mask wearing etc.

There are people are conspiracy theorists. There are also people who believe the rules are ineffective gimmicks.

The numbers prove the latter is correct.
124
13/01/2021 15:45:42 2 1
bbc
I can guess you stink of covid.. and the only proof i need is you...covidiot
339
13/01/2021 16:27:50 4 0
bbc
Unbelievable that some people can still come out with this astonishingly ignorant nonsense.
65
13/01/2021 15:34:34 1 2
bbc
Nope, didn't say that I said I hear that argument from racists. What's the betting all oldbobs likes and my dislikes are from white people?
69
13/01/2021 15:35:42 1 1
bbc
Oh dear... you are racist.
80
13/01/2021 15:37:23 0 0
bbc
How am I racist, please explain?
70
13/01/2021 15:36:04 1 1
bbc
Don’t give a monkeys as long as they keep it within their self entitled “bubbles”.
71
13/01/2021 15:36:23 3 2
bbc
What an absolute load of nonsense this hysteria is. Is players shouldn't hug after scoring, they also shouldn't crowd together in the box for a corner or stand in a wall for a free kick.

It's either safe for them to play or it isn't. This nit-picking is pathetic.
857
13/01/2021 18:47:45 0 0
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You are right. It's not safe. Football and rugby.
63
13/01/2021 15:34:29 315 42
bbc
If we aren't allowed to meet our family members it does seem a bit much to watch a bunch of overpaid prima donnas hugging each other because one of them succesfully conned a referee into giving them a penalty.
72
13/01/2021 15:36:31 103 28
bbc
^^ this.

There's clearly alot of people here who love footballers more than their own family.
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13/01/2021 16:24:38 8 1
bbc
There's clearly a lot of people who haven't read the article, or understood it.
13/01/2021 20:09:27 0 1
bbc
You can choose your football team...but you can't choose your family. ??
14/01/2021 17:48:29 0 1
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and a lot of people happy to further line the pockets of multi-millionaires at the expense of their own family.
73
13/01/2021 15:36:37 4 4
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Personally, I think it's wonderful that after years of trying to find a cure for a perennial problem, they've finally eradicated seasonal flu & hitherto the 80k deaths it accounted for annually. And while growing numbers of people face an uncertain future & a far greater threat to their very existence than any virus can offer, things like football offer a welcome distraction from all the madness.
74
13/01/2021 15:36:42 2 6
bbc
They are keeping half the nation from going crazy with boredom and frustration. They can celebrate however they like.
56
13/01/2021 15:33:07 6 6
bbc
As long as all the players are covid negative, I see no problem with the players celebrating a goal or a victory.
75
13/01/2021 15:36:47 5 1
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im covid negative but i still HAVE to stick to the rules
447
13/01/2021 16:48:44 0 0
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And all the players celebrating are also Covid negative. They know that because they will have been tested a number of times in the run-up to any game. This is why they celebrate with each other. They are not running over to hug the cameraman or the security personnel etc. And outside of the football context, the vast majority of players follow the same rules as you. Do you see that?
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13/01/2021 15:36:48 7 5
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The discussion is absolutely absurd. The players are sharing training facilities, coaches to games, dressing rooms and are getting tested multiple times. If they end up getting coronavirus it isn't going to be off a hug or a high five. Downright embarrassing discussion to be having.
77
13/01/2021 15:36:49 182 28
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Arteta made a valid point when asked about this. If you're going to curb celebrating, might as well curb corners, free kicks, man marking...
Testing occurs rigourously to ensure elite football can take still take place. This argument feels like a lot of well intended but misguided bluster.

I am, I'd like to add, in no way defending the off field antics of some idiot players & their gatherings.
130
13/01/2021 15:46:39 51 111
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You've basically just defended it
387
13/01/2021 16:40:28 7 42
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We had another 'coach' suggesting they can do nothing about it and if they did it would spoil the game. How utterly selfish is that? Time to end the season NOW...because of them, people are dying.
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13/01/2021 16:51:17 27 2
bbc
I totally agree. If they have tested negative there is nothing to spread so what's the problem? I can't see anyone on here slagging off rugby players for getting up close and personal in rucks, mauls and scrums. And to all the people saying it's sickening watching overpaid prima donnas blah blah blah then might I suggest you don't watch if it offends you that much.
763
13/01/2021 18:12:22 0 12
bbc
Close contact due course of play is necssary for the intergrity of the game.

Celebrations are not proscribed in the rules
13/01/2021 20:10:00 3 1
bbc
Testing might be occurring but the amount of positive tests is quite alarming . Obviously the so called secure bubbles arent working
13/01/2021 22:15:36 0 0
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90mins of pen's, winner takes all
78
13/01/2021 15:37:11 376 10
bbc
I do find it hilarious that throughout the game they are running into each other, hugging one another then immediately afterwards the TV companies line them up two meters apart for the interviews.
376
13/01/2021 16:38:03 76 60
bbc
That's to protect the interviewer who take the rules seriously
431
13/01/2021 16:47:07 13 10
bbc
Because it's all a farce and none of the rules makes sense. You have to wonder why.
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dan
13/01/2021 16:52:46 10 0
bbc
Yep it’s ridiculous and some of them even do an interview with a mask on
756
13/01/2021 18:10:40 2 0
bbc
The thing that makes me laugh is when you watch rugby they beat seven bells out of each other then when they score a try they walk away from each other.
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13/01/2021 15:29:43 49 11
bbc
I for one and glad that the lack of crowds has also seen a decrease in those stupid goal celebrations (ie riupping off shirts; kicking the corner flag; doing a sill dance).

Yes celebrating a goal might have to stop for a bit but we all have to change our ways during this crisis. Some say it's spontaneous but if so then how many other people do such things when they do something well at work ?
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13/01/2021 15:37:22 74 14
bbc
Totally agree :)
Don't see the postman taking his shirt off when he delivers a letter, the shop assisytant doesn't lean across and kiss me when she serves me.
A fist or elbow bump should be sufficient acknowledgement that the player has done what he is paid to do
187
13/01/2021 15:57:11 2 0
bbc
Fair enough though I can hardly see a shop assistant leaning over to kiss a customer who has just bought ten Woodbine and a bottle of Listerine.
211
13/01/2021 16:01:02 6 3
bbc
Players image rights and more they get noticed their images are globally published.

Yes the nod or fist pump suffice and get on with it.

Show some respect too for those whom are suffering or being locked down as they say.
13/01/2021 19:57:31 3 0
bbc
A tap in from 12 inches warrants a sprint around the pitch, sliding along on his back waiting for his teammates to dive on him
13/01/2021 21:10:49 1 1
bbc
Yes, playing elite sport is similar to posting a letter. Last time I posted a letter I couldn't contain my excitement. I was celebrating and high-fiving everyone (pre-covid obviously)
I had dreamed of posting that letter since childhood and had trained my entire life to do so.
14/01/2021 13:25:49 0 0
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Wrong, I met my wife when she worked in John Menzies. I remember her stretching her chops across the counter whilst serving me my weekly copy of Knave and extra strong mints
14/01/2021 14:20:13 0 0
bbc
He might do, if he had an opponent actively trying to stop him delivering a letter. You should see our postman when he successfully makes it past our dog.
*I don't actually have a dog, and if you do please don't let it harass the postman*
69
13/01/2021 15:35:42 1 1
bbc
Oh dear... you are racist.
80
13/01/2021 15:37:23 0 0
bbc
How am I racist, please explain?
90
13/01/2021 15:39:04 0 0
bbc
I think we are in big big trouble if other people think like you kid.
81
13/01/2021 15:37:46 10 2
bbc
This isn't an issue. Players could get football suspended and affect other elite sports because of their continued activities outside of the matches, e.g. organised parties, unncessary travelling to meet people etc. Comparing football, with horse racing, I'm not aware that any significant Trainer or Jockey has tested positive since last year's resumption (& horse racing began sooner than football)
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13/01/2021 15:32:43 3 2
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You can't expect United not to hug each other in elation when they've got the goal to go top of the league. The problem is players such as Mendy, Walker and Mitrovic etc hosting and attending parties. The players are tested weekly, if they don't break rules they should not come into contact with the virus.
82
13/01/2021 15:37:49 3 1
bbc
same goes for 'normal' public, many are negative yet we all HAVE to follow the rules
83
13/01/2021 15:37:56 1 3
bbc
Stop complaining COVID is rife within clubs if you're going to flout the rules in everyone's faces.

If hugging is part of their natural instincts that should not be suppressed (based on the article above) and footballers are being held to a different standard to the rest of us, then I don't think they should be cancelling games due to COVID. Go field 2nd strings for your teams.
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13/01/2021 15:38:14 619 7
bbc
As a fan of Newcastle United this question is totally hypothetical.
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13/01/2021 15:43:07 76 5
bbc
As a fellow NUFC fan I have just posted something similar!
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13/01/2021 16:18:23 6 0
bbc
Hahaha. ..!!!
368
13/01/2021 16:36:22 15 1
bbc
Have to admire yours and ‘mountain mans’ response ?? good luck Geordies!.
382
13/01/2021 16:38:57 5 0
bbc
Brilliant. PSML when I read this ????
LOL
557
13/01/2021 17:17:52 16 0
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Quality. One down vote though. Steve Bruce must not be very busy today...
591
13/01/2021 17:26:48 5 0
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pmsl !!!! Class that. Best laugh all week ta. Good luck for rest of season Geordies :)
673
13/01/2021 17:47:59 5 0
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Love your sense of humor and reality ????
701
13/01/2021 17:53:07 2 0
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That did make me laugh quite hard ??
715
13/01/2021 17:57:47 3 0
bbc
That did make me laff ??
Then apply it to your personal life.

Would you take a total stranger home now for a night of passion?

Sorry, I forgot you are a Geordie lass.

Way eh,
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13/01/2021 18:21:19 2 0
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The BBC are not capable analysing anything!

On their flagship News at Six just now they reported that the UK has vaccinated just 4 in 100,000 people...

...the correct figues is 4 in 100 people!
820
13/01/2021 18:29:46 2 0
bbc
Don't be hard on Bruce that was an inspired Sheffield United side after their mammoth fa cup win ??????
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13/01/2021 19:17:01 1 0
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Thanks for this gem!! I'm very much in need of a good laugh!! ?? . Incidentally I feel your pain!!
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Da
13/01/2021 19:36:15 1 0
bbc
Brilliant!
13/01/2021 21:14:30 1 0
bbc
the life of a football fan... ^_*
13/01/2021 21:49:42 1 0
bbc
Brilliant post that had me in stitches laughing! Good luck to Newcastle in all seriousness though.
14/01/2021 10:06:03 0 2
bbc
Moaning toons should be sent to Coventry
jay
14/01/2021 10:56:10 0 4
bbc
as a fan of newcastle your opinion is completely irrelevant, a bit like your club
14/01/2021 11:04:42 0 0
bbc
Steve Bruce has done a great job socially distancing himself from the fans and created an environment at St James' Park where many fans wouldn't want to go even if they could. If we all followed his example...
14/01/2021 11:26:33 0 0
bbc
Usually comments on HYS just make me roll me eyes, but this genuinely made me chuckle. Bravo.
Mic
14/01/2021 16:56:33 0 0
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As a Liverpool fan i do empathise with you but i was in Newcastle for nearly a year some time ago & watched many of your games, the Newcastle fans are so like the Liverpool ones that i dont know why you dont just enjoy the occasion we do, win, lose or draw we may bleat about it but then we enjoy it. I think Bruce is doing the best he can not his fault money isnt available, so enjoy ok. Good Luck
14/01/2021 19:31:01 0 0
bbc
Aye and we even do the social distancing too by standing off the opposition and not trying to tackle them either.
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13/01/2021 15:38:17 2 5
bbc
Perspective? Score a goal ,finished ! Celebrations superfluous ? Passion misdirected? Ooh and by the way pointing to the sky after scoring (,just saying like), JC , Mohammed (unless your name is Mohammed )or God didn't score or help you score it, maybe your teammates did help.a bit???
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13/01/2021 15:39:35 2 0
bbc
Go and have it out with God, you fool, and spare the rest of us this tosh.
86
13/01/2021 15:38:25 3 2
bbc
Shut the game down until a) they can conform to the advice, b) the current lockdown is finished (ie things might be getting better across the country generally).
87
13/01/2021 15:38:32 2 3
bbc
Most of the games are needlessly postponed; I bet half of these players who tested positive don’t even have the virus. Mbappé returned two different results from two Covid tests in one day, whilst Ronaldo was tested THREE TIMES with three different results. Football testing is a joke. Not one player had been hospitalised. Plus, the squads are big enough to fulfill all fixtures without postponing.
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13/01/2021 16:20:07 0 0
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Being hospitalised or not is irrelevant.
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13/01/2021 15:38:47 3 4
bbc
players hug after they score a goal, big deal, people who are offended get over yourselves, they are tested twice a week, we moan if the dont celebrate
with all thats going on in the world does this really matter??
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13/01/2021 15:43:06 0 1
bbc
Testing only in the premier league up until now. Setting an example for a start would be great, they were being so careful when football restarted, now they could care less or so it seems.
89
13/01/2021 15:38:57 1 0
bbc
They spend 90 mins clamouring over each other and are regularly tested. Makes no difference
80
13/01/2021 15:37:23 0 0
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How am I racist, please explain?
90
13/01/2021 15:39:04 0 0
bbc
I think we are in big big trouble if other people think like you kid.
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13/01/2021 15:28:57 4 13
bbc
Oh dear, they are bending the knee for racial equality. I hear your argument all the time from racists
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13/01/2021 15:39:08 0 2
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Bending a knee for racial equality pull the other one. They are puppets for BLM who just happen to be a self professed Marxist/Anarchist movement who want to destroy Capitalism etc etc. Look at the banners around the ground featuring BLM. Do some reading up on the subject it does help.
92
13/01/2021 15:39:19 2 3
bbc
We have all had to evolve doing things a different way. Is it too complicated for players be creative in their celebrations?
93
13/01/2021 15:39:21 3 2
bbc
The only reason football caries on is because of TAX, end of !
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13/01/2021 15:39:32 2 3
bbc
Footballers are coming across as though none of the rules apply to them. As an example to the rest of the UK its appalling.
It's all about discipline, the arrogant few will wreck it for the fans with games being suspended soon. This pandemic is at the WORST its ever been in the UK, but the rich spoilt primadonnas are sheltered from the real world. (Rashford excluded).
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13/01/2021 15:51:03 0 1
bbc
Money is the issue here not players.
It is not the players that determine whether their games go ahead or not the FA EPL even clubs & broadcasters are responsible for this.
The clubs become subject to litigation after taking advances from broadcasters.
Granted some players make bad decisions but again clubs should do more to educate their employees about responsibility
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13/01/2021 15:38:17 2 5
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Perspective? Score a goal ,finished ! Celebrations superfluous ? Passion misdirected? Ooh and by the way pointing to the sky after scoring (,just saying like), JC , Mohammed (unless your name is Mohammed )or God didn't score or help you score it, maybe your teammates did help.a bit???
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13/01/2021 15:39:35 2 0
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Go and have it out with God, you fool, and spare the rest of us this tosh.
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13/01/2021 15:39:38 1 1
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Football regardless of its efforts is doing a very good of spreading it around the country!....Money first sums football up nowadays!
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13/01/2021 16:18:06 0 0
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Please provide your evidence that football is spreading it around the country.
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13/01/2021 15:39:59 2 1
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I have never heard so much nonsense in my life- these guys are all tested and cleared to play so they are presumed to be virus free and "safe" to play an out door contact sport. If they are not "safe" they should not be playing! If they are safe then there is no risk attached to a goal celebration!
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13/01/2021 15:33:26 189 18
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When you consider that many of the Population miss hugging their Children / Grandchildren etc then I can see why people get upset over this. Footballers have never bothered with peoples opinions about how they dive and cheat so they will not be bothered by peoples opinions on this either. They live in their own little world
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13/01/2021 15:39:59 99 1
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Granted and I can agree
However
They're allowed to do w.e they want with corners, with pushing and pulling, basically hugging there (apparently not allowed but rarely punished). Physical contact tackles are allowed, but this is not?
It doesn't all add up

Off pitch activity needs improving though, any breaches should be hit with suspensions on pitch.
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13/01/2021 16:50:28 3 0
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It seems the PL forgot there are corners to be taken during the game.

Have they seen what goes on during a corner kick?

They have to punish the breaches that go on at home. To accept a sorry is not good enough.

Some have said sorry and went on to do it again.

YNWA
13/01/2021 20:00:12 3 2
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Each time there is close contact creates a risk of infection, the idea is to reduce the unnecessary risks, the more risks you take the more likely you are to get infected. Hugging after a goal is not necessary for the game to be played, dancing and singing in an enclosed space after a cup win, is not necessary for the game to be played. Tackles and marking are necessary for the game to be played.
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13/01/2021 15:40:08 3 1
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Denis Compton would never have hugged. A handshake was good enough for him.
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13/01/2021 17:27:21 0 0
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Then Denis would also be going against the advice. Then again, maybe he was just saving the hugs for his 3 wives?
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13/01/2021 15:26:48 100 52
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I have no idea why elite sport is allowed to continue. There are far too many outbreaks, mostly in football.
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13/01/2021 15:40:09 60 15
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I'm pretty sure "most" outbreaks aren't because of football....
14/01/2021 14:27:58 0 0
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How exactly can you be "pretty sure"? Surely, isn't that just a guess, the same as most of us could make, without any evidence.