Berlin [Germany], May 17 (ANI): The German Football League has confirmed that the players would not be punished if they do not follow social distancing during goal celebrations.
Few eyebrows were raised on Saturday when Hertha Berlin defender Dedryck Boyata kissed team-mate Marko Grujic on the cheek to celebrate an own goal from Hoffenheim's Kevin Akpoguma.
Hertha Berlin went on to defeat Hoffenheim 3-0.
"On the subject of goal celebrations, it was something that was merely advised in the guidelines - sanctions are therefore not necessary," goal.com quoted German Football League spokesperson as saying.
Coach of Hertha Berlin, Bruno Labbadia also defended his players and said that all the players of his side tested negative for the coronavirus.
"I hope that people outside understand this. It is only a recommendation to hold back. We have been tested negative six times, most recently yesterday. Emotions are also a part of it. Otherwise, there is no point in playing the game," Goal.com quoted
Labbadia as saying.
However, on Saturday, during another match between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04, all players of the Dortmund side followed social distancing while celebrating goals.
On Saturday, Bundesliga became the first major football league to resume its suspended season.
The matches were played behind closed doors and there were many significant changes to see for the viewers watching on television.
There were no customary handshakes before the start of the match as both teams came out to the playing field from different sides of the ground.
To maintain the social distancing norms, substitutes were sitting at 1.5m distance from each other with their masks on. (ANI)