Football fans have been told that matches in the Premier League would proceed amid the government’s stricter restrictions.
Another nationwide lockdown was outlined by the Prime Minister this evening, with schools closing and regions being granted less independence.
However, as it is regarded as employment, elite sport has been given the green light to proceed behind closed doors.
Soon after the announcement by Boris Johnson, Sky News inaccurately announced that Premier League games were set to be stopped.
On social media, this triggered panic as fans immediately questioned whether football was set to fall foul of yet another government lockdown.
As fans squabbled on Twitter, Sky News immediately fixed their mistake.
Anchor Dermot Murnaghan said, “We may have given you the impression that elite sport had been cancelled, including the Premier League,”
We learn that’s not the case.
“We will give you more detail on those measures as we absorb them all.”
Although the Premier League will proceed, due to fresh lockdown constraints, other sports will suffer.
Exercise is tolerated with people in the same household (or help bubble) or with one other person from another household – ideally restricted to once a day.
Yet, along with all the gyms, the golf courses and swimming pools will have to close.
Once again, Premier League players would be reminded to obey the laws – after the government’s guidance was flouted by a number of stars over the festive season.
Before sharing pictures on social media, Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy was caught hosting a New Year’s Eve party with people from outside his household, while a number of top-flight players spent Christmas together.
Over the festive season, the Premier League has twice written to clubs warning that they must remind players in the coming months of their obligation to act.