Premier League managers have expressed scepticism at the idea of socially distanced goal celebrations, after Julian Knight, the chair of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, said footballers were ‘brainless’ for continuing to hug.
‘It’s instinct,’ said Jürgen Klopp, while Pep Guardiola said it was hard for players to contain their emotions after a goal. Mikel Arteta pointed out that it made little sense ban players from celebrating together when they were coming into contact during play. ‘We are trying to do all the right things,’ he said. ‘[These] are things that are pretty complicated to control.’