Thiago Silva Could Face Punishment For Throwing His Chelsea Shirt To Construction Worker
And after the full-time whistle, Brazilian centre-back Silva was spotted throwing his match-worn jersey to a fan who was working on the reconstruction of Fulham's Riverside Stand in what many considered a great gesture.
But it appears the 36-year-old could now face disciplinary action for breaking the Premier League's COVID protocols.
Chelsea defender Thiago Silva could face punishment for giving match-worn shirt to Fulham construction worker after Blues win on Saturday... with players told NOT to give away jerseys in new Covid protocols. pic.twitter.com/npyBxk07t1
- Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) January 17, 2021
The strict protocols have, of course, been introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus among squads and they mention that a ban has been put in place on swapping or giving away match-worn shirts.
Silva's gesture came just days after Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said players have got to "follow the rules" and "set a good example" over the below protocols.
"The players get it," Masters told BBC Sport. "They know we're asking them now again to adjust their behaviours on the pitch, in goal celebrations and around the beginning and the end of matches.
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"We're asking them to adapt and understand why you've got to follow the rules and you've got to set a good example."
Silva isn't the only player to throw his match-worn shirt to a fan recently. Everton forward Richarlison gifted his jersey to one of the construction workers at Craven Cottage after a Premier League game in November.
Everton forward Richarlison gifted his match-worn shirt to one of the construction workers at Craven Cottage after the game today.
Touch of class from @richarlison97 :clap: pic.twitter.com/rKw8ZU1WAu
- SPORTbible (@sportbible) November 22, 2020
One of the guidelines issued by the Premier League involves players having to social distance while celebrating with teammates after a goal.
West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has since questioned the need for the guideline.
"Certainly jumping on each other and hugging each other is out of the question now. I'm not sure why we're in a bubble here and we get tested twice a week that it makes a difference.
"But if that's what the protocols are we'll try our best to adhere to it. But I can't promise that anyone won't get carried away if they score a goal."
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