Premier League clubs have advised footballers to scrap their Christmas parties this year to avoid breaching the United Kingdom coronavirus laws.
Christmas bashes have long been a tradition for players. Although this year, the colorful holiday will be different. Clubs in the Premier League and EFL have advised their stars against organizing festivities with team-mates amid concerns they would likely break the pandemic restrictions.
In addition to the health risks, the PR potential disaster is a concern for clubs as they look to stay out of trouble this month. Indoor social gatherings are banned under current guidelines but the government permits parties of six to meet if they are holding a “business meeting”.
However, footballers have been told they will be accused of flouting regulations if they use that justification. Also, players have been warned against holding secret parties.
Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell, and Jadon Sancho were criticized for breaking regulations by attending a covert gathering in October.
On Wednesday, Villa manager Dean Smith confirmed he had reminded Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley of their responsibilities after the pair breached the laws during a night out in London last week.
And on Thursday, Chelsea coach, Frank Lampard urged his players to “do the right thing”.
“Responsibilities for players are big. As role models to the outside world and for their careers, to do the right thing particularly when they are playing so frequently over Christmas”. Said Lampard.
“They have to live differently to the rest of the public”.