Football Association Told to Impose Stricter Sanctions on Players Breaking Rules

The Football Association is coming under increasing pressure to impose stricter sanctions on players for breaking coronavirus protocols.

Four games, including Manchester City versus Everton, were called off due to the increase of positive results, with several Premier League players having flouted rules over the Christmas period.

Calls for Stricter Sanctions on Those Flouting Rules

Latest String of Player’s Caught

Calls come for a further crackdown from clubs as players from Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Fulham, Crystal Palace and West Ham United have all broken restrictions over the holiday season.

Three players of Jose Mourinho’s squad in Erik Lamela, Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso were pictured at a Christmas party which was also attended by West Ham winger Manuel Lanzini.

The recent uprising of rule flouting continued with Fulham and Crystal Palace looking into reports that Aleksandar Mitrovic and Luka Milivojevic attended a party whilst Manchester City opened an internal investigation in relation to Benjamin Mendy holding a party with members outside his household.

Clubs in Tier 4 of government restrictions are to test twice a week but with the FA failing to maintain strict protocols, clubs are failing to sanction their players appropriately.

Football Association Fails to Place Stricter Sanctions on Covid Rule Breakers

The Football Association has failed to take tougher actions and place stricter sanctions on players caught despite calls from its former chairman, David Bernstein according to the Telegraph Sport. In recent weeks England players Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley avoided punishment from the FA for eating at a restaurant in London but the Aston Villa captain was fined two weeks’ wages by his club.

Instead, they have sanctioned players for gambling and racism offences. Kieran Trippier, now at Atletico Madrid, was banned for ten weeks for betting offences which has been suspended after the matter was taken to court.

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani was banned for three games and fined for making a racist comment towards a friend on social media. A statement from the Uruguay players’ union has called for the FA to overturn the three-match ban.


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