Footballers hugging - players have their say
15/01/2021 | sport | football | 1,001
With the authorities looking to clamp down on footballer celebrations as part of the effort to combat Covid-19, three players discuss whether the new guidelines are realistic.
Only the six separate BBC Utd v Liverpool articles today.

How lovely.
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Celebrations have spiralled out of all reality. Tearing shirts off, diving into the ‘crowd, smashing corner posts and grovelling about on the floor embraced by coaching staff, subs and the team’s mascot. It is however just one of the Premier League’s departures from the game itself. BL, giving the knee, school lunches, tattoos and haircuts fit for circus clowns. Where has our great game gone?[[
not forgetting the pansy coloured BRIGHT PINK , YELLOW OR ORANGE BOOTS Removed
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15/01/2021 14:16:46 0 4
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grow up ellis holy moly
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15/01/2021 14:22:15 6 9
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Let's face it, these players are no risk to themselves or their young families.
The virtue signalling around football has gone far enough as it is.
Not to mention the constant use of the cameras to show people wearing masks and sitting miles apart in a deserted open air stadium. All of which is frankly ludicrous.
They treat us like children.
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15/01/2021 13:05:22 266 15
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I would rather they just adhere to the rules when off the football pitch.
Exactly. Kyle Walker didn't get COVID from his team-mates, he did it by pulling in his mates and the ladies of the night into his little "parties" at home. Several times, I might add. Removed
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Not denying footballers are proper daft at times, but the Man City Covid cases have been proven to originate from an outbreak at the London Hotel they stayed in when playing Arsenal.
Everyone has to have their MOT done during this 'lockdown' how do people distance from mechanic having been all over their cars touching at everything & from all the other people at the garage.
shops open
schools open to many
nurseries open
construction sites open
churches open
loads of people not working form home
'lockdown' don't make me laugh
But footballers that have been tested are playing!
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15/01/2021 15:45:51 1 2
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"Scoring is the best feeling in the world. Imagine scoring a goal as a 16-year-old in the FA Cup and you have to stand there with your hands up like a Fifa emoji."

Does Charlie Austin realise there have been further versions of FIFA since 95?
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15/01/2021 13:38:25 188 9
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If you score, do a Shearer. . .hand and arm up in self congratulations and run away from the other players!
Footballers are ingenious at inventing new goal celebrations.
They should now spend some time in training, coming up with a celebration that does not include French kissing and shaggin each other.
How hard can it be?
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15/01/2021 17:02:32 2 3
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Maybe call the new one the Billy no mates Ched Evans celebration
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15/01/2021 17:17:45 2 14
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I think you're deluded in a way. The beauty of football is winning and winning comes with celebration. I can't imagine otherwise. I'm sure you're a strictly come dancing fan.
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15/01/2021 19:03:10 0 1
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Made me laugh out loud there Sammy.
Thanks mate.
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15/01/2021 15:14:37 4 4
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Kissing and cuddling is a relatively new phenomenon. Score and get on with the game. Celebrate the victory at the end.

Every goal is celebrated like a world cup win these days. Barely tolerable in normal times but totally unacceptable today.

When Liverpool beat a weakened Villa team they demonstrated restraint and respect for the opposition. Don't tell me it's uncontrollable joy. It isn't.
When Villa beat a full strength Liverpool team 7 (SEVEN)- 2, Villa demonstrated restraint and respect for the opposition. Removed
it should be suspended, a group of over indulged prima donna sports people travelling to the 4 corners of the country on a weekly basis, covid is rife in football just look at all the postponed games so dont tell us their tested its safe!!! spoiled selfish brats who "must have their wat" Removed
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Why should a regularly tested group not be allowed to do their job that can't be done from home but all the others that can't work from home & aren't tested keep going out to work.
Why are so many other things remaining open which cause far greater spread not far more relevant than whether people in a tested bubble hug.
The rules for bubbles say distancing doesn't need to be observed.
Get real.
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Why should a regularly tested group not be allowed to do their job that can't be done from home but all the others that can't work from home & aren't tested keep going out to work.
Why are so many other things remaining open which cause far greater spread not far more relevant than whether people in a tested bubble hug.
The rules for bubbles say distancing doesn't need to be observed.
Get real.
and there it is, people like you with a moronic mindset are the reason this spreads so much everything has to go your way no one else matters Removed
Hey Phil,

Would you please put all the crap about Manure on the Manure page and present a range of well researched features on a broad range of clubs on the main football page?

Oh, and please refrain from post large pictures of Shrek; it is more than most people can handle, thank you.
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15/01/2021 17:06:07 0 2
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What a joke. They're all tested so what's the big deal? This country is sleepwalking into total Tyranny
I expect you still go to supermarkets without wearing a mask! Removed
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15/01/2021 17:13:31 1 0
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How can anyone be worth millions who has not the intelligence and self control to behave. A reward for bad behaviour?
Footballers are not worth millions for their intelligence!- Are you? Removed
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15/01/2021 17:31:25 2 2
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It's a contact sport. Using the Wolves v Everton game as an example - you have 3 goal celebrations involving about 5-7 players in each from the same squad bubble patting backs / hugging. In the same game you have 11 corners involving 14-20 players of different squad bubbles making physical contact challenging for headers, tackling, pushing each other. Non-sensical directive - just for public PR.
Another silly comment- This is about what is essential- certain parts of the game are "essential"- goal celebrations are not.

Some shops are "essential"- some are not.
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15/01/2021 17:52:36 0 0
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The difference is you can social distance in shops but you cannot social distance while playing football.

Not calibrating is only a pointless PR stunt if they spend the game with phyical contact through the 90 mins not celebrating a goal will not make 1 ounce of difference
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Great comment - you've nailed it in one!
An English manager has never won the Premier League.

Not once.
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Howard Wilkinson
Why are footballers getting it in the neck when the government’s ineptitude has killed thousands? Removed
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RK
15/01/2021 17:58:58 2 1
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Because this is a football thread and you can go elsewhere to comment on other issues.
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15/01/2021 18:04:42 2 3
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Have a Covid ref. Yellow card for ANY infringement. The above graphic shows that there are clear rules,
HOW ABOUT WE BAN FOOTBALL BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU? WHAT'S THE POINT OF THE GAME. Football is NOT function, it's a GAME. FFS Removed
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15/01/2021 18:10:45 11 2
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"If we can't celebrate what's the point of playing?". How about the fact that many of you earn more in a week than "ordinary" people earn in years and years of toil in jobs they don't much like?
What has that got to do with it, really? Nothing. Stop your whining FFS. Removed
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15/01/2021 18:13:03 26 3
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One of my pet hates, disgusting behaviour.
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15/01/2021 16:00:33 96 11
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All this hugging is a fairly recent thing. Back in the day Dennis Law was thought too demonstrative because he stuck his arm in the air when he scored. As for all the rehearsed "Celebrations"? Pathetic. Its the crowd that celebrates.
mouse i think the point is that people are more accepting of homophilia these days and to prohibit them from hugging will send out a wrong message. Removed
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16/01/2021 07:38:47 0 0
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You what?
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15/01/2021 22:59:50 1 0
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+1 well said Philip
Cheers Steve sausage jockey Removed
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15/01/2021 23:05:09 1 0
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Don’t know what that is but you are obviously someone who needs help.
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15/01/2021 23:02:27 2 0
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Do you know him? I think not. You are a miracle of modern science as I did not think brain donors could write
Do you know him no you don’t
Thanks Steve for contributing you waste of space
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15/01/2021 23:09:40 0 0
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Nice of you to keep the insults up. Keep them coming. Your brand of brain donor humour is keeping the public amused for no more than a millisecond.
There are no risks to anyone here.
It's about the powers that be, wanting to micro-manage all public behaviour less people start to think they're free again.
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No risk from what. Please clarify your statement.
There are no risks to anyone 'directly involved' here.
It's about the powers that be, wanting to micro-manage all public behaviour less people start to think they're free again.
Is that better for you?
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What's the point?
Seriously, your average footballer is effing stupid.
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16/01/2021 13:16:55 0 1
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I'm sorry but I have no sympathy for the little snowflakes. We, the general population aren't allowed to see our children, they've grown up and live away from home. We can't hug friends or loved ones. So professional footballer can easily do this. Also stop spitting!!!
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16/01/2021 13:19:20 1 0
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whenever possible social distancing should be followed, very simple instructions tbh.
Rugby does that, football doesn't, hence the issue with the messages given out by the football celebrations, they simply are not necessary, or required to play the game.
How do you play socially distanced rugby,idiot Removed