Sam Allardyce: West Brom boss criticises Government interference in football
West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has criticised the Government’s interference in football after admitting that the fear of catching Covid-19 has “numbed” the enjoyment of his Premier League return.
Parliamentary figures have become increasingly concerned by footballers breaching coronavirus protocols by hugging and kissing to celebrate goals during the latest lockdown in England.
The Football Association, Premier League and English Football League released a joint statement on Thursday reiterating the importance of following newly-enhanced Covid-19 measures.
“We all want to carry on playing football, and if we all adhere to the rules and regulations slightly better than we already have we will,” Allardyce said.
“But I get a little peeved with players called out for being irresponsible. Why the Government want to intervene is an absolute nonsense with the mess they’re making of it at the moment.
“Their care has not been the greatest and it’s irresponsible the Government wants to intervene in football, they need to look at their own house before they look at ours.
“We’re getting tested two or three times a week, (we have) sterilisers, masks and independent monitors at the training ground making sure we don’t do this or that.
“I can’t have meetings more than 10 in a room, so why are they thinking we are doing it wrong? Just because we’re celebrating scoring a goal. Come on, that’s not right.”
Allardyce, 66, took charge of the top-flight strugglers last month before the new coronavirus variant struck the United Kingdom.
Allardyce called for a “circuit break” at the end of December after the Premier League had returned its highest number of positive coronavirus tests……read more
Source: Sky Sports