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.
They should be fined and conscripted to the NHS.

#FreeJohnWorboys
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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 15:41:31 3 1
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Seems strange that taking a shirt off gains a player a card, but hugging doesn't attract any form of penalty?
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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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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.
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 16:53:38 13 5
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Ridiculous. I don't know any parents who swear in front of their kids. Might be you who needs the shake!
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13/01/2021 17:21:06 3 2
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It's called respect, swearing at a ref isnt the same as swearing at ur mates. Would u swear at someone in work, or going the shops, as u didn't like the decision they made?.....actually maybe you would.
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13/01/2021 15:24:28 64 31
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I couldn't care less.
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13/01/2021 16:46:13 0 0
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Is any of this true?
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13/01/2021 16:50:46 0 0
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? that was only afew days ago, it can take longer for the virus to catch hold in individuals and a lot longer for that to then spread between more people. Maybe most at the protests were negative, thankfully
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13/01/2021 15:54:30 81 22
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How on earth can it matter how the players celebrate when they're playing a contact sport?
Because people are dying Wayne, and they are responsible...time to end the season . They are responsible as is every selfish idiot not following our rules. Removed
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13/01/2021 17:34:49 18 0
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Stupid comment!!
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13/01/2021 18:14:51 10 1
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Which footballers are responsible for people dying? Come on, don’t keep it to yourself, it’s time for naming and shaming.
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13/01/2021 18:50:41 12 0
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The article in question is to whether footballers should hug. The counter argument is it's a contact sport so everyone comes into contact with each other, direct or second hand. Stopping hugging when you've just been in a tangle at a cross with 6 people's sweat flying on you is not going to make any difference what so ever.
Whether sport still should be played is a different argument all together
14/01/2021 07:27:09 1 1
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My point is as follows: football players invariably make physical contact, so whether or not they hug after celebrating a goal (or after a nil-nil draw for Newcastle fans) is a moot point.

Separate from this, my view is that sports that cannot be played in a socially distanced way should not be played because it sets a bad example.
14/01/2021 18:38:09 1 0
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Knowall has know clue... you are mighty dim sir. Like most comments on here.... load of s hite
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13/01/2021 16:05:00 5 4
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Allowing this is an insult to the rest of the UK population, most of whom can't even see their elderly parents, let alone hug them.

But as ever, the BBC and the rest of the elitist clan, ram down our throats that the Stars & Sport Celebrities are far more important than us mere mortals.

Since football resumed, I've refused to watch these overpaid prats.
And it's that sort of attitude which'll make it socially unacceptable for anyone to ever hug anyone else in this country ever again, vaccine or no vaccine. "But what about paralysed cripples! Allowing people to run or walk is an insult to all of them- you're not more important than them! So you should be forcibly bed-bound for the rest of your lives too! Elitist scum!" Pathetic loser... Removed
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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.
Don't be an idiot all your life RichMurphy, have a day off. Removed
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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?
What's the problem with swearing as long as it's not to the ref. You lot sound like you've never had a bevvy in the pub with your mates. it's like there are 2 britains. one where people regularly swear with mates and all and one where prudes will gasp at swear words being used and suck up to the monarchy while being closet n*nces. Removed
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13/01/2021 16:47:24 1 4
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Nonsense, aren’t players tested routinely? They are more at risk of accidental strangulation than spreading a disease through celebrating a goal
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13/01/2021 16:43:45 1 1
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As a GP I am tested twice a week, however I still have not hugged my family for ten months. My wife is pregnant and when we told our friends and family, we could not hug them even in 'the emotion' and 'the moment. If the general population must obey the rules on this, footballers should too.
Then you're a germophobic cretin who'd probably go so far as to order your wife to abort your child to "spare them the suffering of being born into this world". You sicken me. Removed
A sport run by morons, played by emotionally stunted entitled pretty boys , watched by men fuelled by beer , machismo and a sense that football really matters , it’s quite obvious that we shouldn’t be playing far less hugging and high fiving. Playing at obeying the rules just as they play at following the rules of football. Removed
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13/01/2021 15:38:14 619 7
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As a fan of Newcastle United this question is totally hypothetical.
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 17:59:36 4 0
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Nail,
Minority sport anyway - whose interested - only the morons Removed
Only the gay ones and there are plenty of them, if you stop the gay ones doing it they will cite homophobia and racism, you cant win. Removed
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13/01/2021 18:25:16 0 0
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What the
Y’all don’t hug family members because you fear Covid19? ?? hilarious. Pitiful. When family members die I guess y’all will regret not hugging them.
Add no touching to cause fouls. Load of rubbish going on here.
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13/01/2021 18:17:50 0 0
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I think you’ve been touching yourself matey.
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13/01/2021 17:48:52 2 0
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Are you feeling left out - need a hug?
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13/01/2021 18:13:24 1 2
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If they are covid tested then what's the debate?
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13/01/2021 18:07:02 0 0
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They are regularly tested so should be Covid free.....but could be a bit more creative with distanced celebrations even if only for common sense / PR reasons. Does the scrum in (elite) Rugby Union avoid criticism (again, also regularly tested)? NB. Footballer are by no means 'all thick'. As in all professions quite a mix to be found. Hopefully, mostly too smart to be on a HYS in any case!!!!
Domestos kills 99.9% of all known germs.

99.9% of professional footballers are thick as two planks of wood.

Unless you are Ian Dowie and have a degree in Rocket science.

Still a shite Manger though.
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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
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Oh please. Lets have a more constructive Q&A like who are the best and worst pundits on tv. Now that you ask...the best: carra, nev, macca, ally, efan. Those are my nailed on pundits! Removed
Who cares, COVIDs a joke Removed
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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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Great to read the 'footballers have low intelligence' coments when those posting these comments are as thick as shite themselves no doubt.

Mumble grumble moan moan moan
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13/01/2021 22:04:30 0 1
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Pot, kettle, comments,,??
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13/01/2021 23:25:57 1 0
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Hi Wavey, make sure you just wave to me as I really don’t want to shake your hand either!
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14/01/2021 13:11:51 2 3
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BBC infecting the sports pages with the covid propaganda. Liars.
Trevor you’re not wanted around here. Around anywhere. Certainly not around empty wards of hospitals with your mobile phone and a head empty of anything remotely sensible.

Your kind are doomed. As doomed as Trump’s historic legacy
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Trevor you’re not wanted around here. Around anywhere. Certainly not around empty wards of hospitals with your mobile phone and a head empty of anything remotely sensible.

Your kind are doomed. As doomed as Trump’s historic legacy
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14/01/2021 13:11:51 2 3
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BBC infecting the sports pages with the covid propaganda. Liars.
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Trevor you’re not wanted around here. Around anywhere. Certainly not around empty wards of hospitals with your mobile phone and a head empty of anything remotely sensible.

Your kind are doomed. As doomed as Trump’s historic legacy
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13/01/2021 16:38:03 76 60
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That's to protect the interviewer who take the rules seriously
In many cases it seems quite homoerotic, a little bit of upright spooning, bum tapping, hair rubs. I think if the lights went out some might resort to a reach around or ear nibble. My wife reckons those lads are essentially cheating on their women. Removed
Aside from taking precaution against the coronavirus, it also looks disgraceful to see male adults hugging and getting overexcited on a pitch. It's bad enough seeing players taking a knee before the start of every game since All Lives Matter. Removed
BBC propaganda.......for a change. Removed
14/01/2021 17:57:15 0 1
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The line in the article that really gets to the crux of it is, 'it is, for some, a kick in the teeth.'

A suggestion for any silly, jealous person that feels that way - grow up.
14/01/2021 15:36:43 1 3
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One of the reason pubs closed was because when people drink alcohol they are less likely to observe social distancing. The same can be said of sportsmen when they score a goal for example. They lose their senses.
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14/01/2021 20:41:38 0 0
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This easy. One hug and a yellow card. Two hugs and a red. If 5 players are sent off so be it, but the game goes on. They will stop as if by magic. If it carries on the season is suspended.
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14/01/2021 20:20:06 2 1
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Everybody has had to make sacrifices during this pandemic so why should footballers be any different? They should be grateful that they can play, it's not much of a hardship to not hug and kiss when they score and the spitting and clearing of their noses is disgusting, no wonder there is reasonably high transmissions! personally I think all close contact sport should be stopped