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Chelsea star faces punishment for what he gave construction worker

One particular Chelsea star faces punishment for what he handed to a construction worker during their league game against Fulham.

Thiago Silva will be looked into for breaching Covid protocol, after giving away his match-worn shirt to a builder at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

Footballers should know the rules better than anyone these days with the Premier League releasing strict new guidelines to follow with a rise in cases and the country in national lockdown.

There is a ban on swapping or giving away worn shirts, however Silva chose to ignore that warning during the 1-0 win, after he spotted the individual in the stands and threw his jersey to the member of public.

Other new additional rules include avoiding ‘handshakes, high fives and hugs’ during matches in order to limit unnecessary contact.

The Cottagers themselves were one of the teams affected by a spike in Covid tests this season as they saw fixtures against Tottenham and Burnley called off in December.

He isn’t the first player to have done this with Brazilian Richarlison also chucking his shirt to a worker at the same stadium when Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton travelled to London, but managed to escape any kind of sanction for the misjudged act of kindness.

This time round, the Premier League could be set to take stronger action, especially considering the rising number of players testing positive and/or self-isolating causing games to be postponed of late.

It would be a big blow to Chelsea should they lose Silva to a ban because of this with Lampard’s side finally getting back to winning ways and will want to keep that form going in the hope they can climb higher than 7th in the Premier League table.

The Blues face Leicester City in the next league fixture, before playing host to out of form Wolves.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters stressed the ‘critical importance’ to adhere to the regulations, with most clubs still chose to celebrate as a team on Saturday and avoided social distancing.

Brighton, West Ham, Wolves, Chelsea and West Brom all celebrated as usual not in line with the new rules, though Leicester’s James Maddison did do as he was told when Leicester won 2-0 against Southampton on Saturday evening.

The midfielder jokingly waved his team-mates away from celebrating and pretended to shake their hands from a distance.

Players really need to think about what they are doing following on from the FA deciding to issue a fine towards Crystal Palace’s Ebere Eze for a recent Covid breach.

He was spotted at his former club Queens Park Rangers’ FA Cup tie against Fulham last Saturday – coming just 24 hours after clubs were reminded of their responsibilities amid the pandemic.

Eze has now been investigated by the Football Association into a potential breach of Covid rules after the Premier League wrote to all clubs to remind them to reinforce coronavirus protocols.

Palace were furious with the 22-year-old’s actions and have since issued a club statement on Monday, insisting they would deal with the matter internally and described his actions as an ‘error of judgement’.

We also recently found out that three Tottenham players and one West Ham ace ‘broke Covid rules spending Christmas Day all together’.

The Premier League quartet ignored Tier 4 rules by spending Christmas Day together with their families and then foolishly posed for a group shot that was accidentally posted on Instagram, making themselves easy to get into trouble.

Sergio Reguilon, Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela of Spurs and West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini were those named to have broken government Covid rules.

Luka Milivojevic also was forced to apologise on footage of him and Aleksandar Mitrovic which led to an investigation from Crystal Palace and Fulham.

The clip showed the two players at a New Year’s Eve party, with other members of different households.

There was plenty of reaction with reports the Chelsea star Thiago Silva faces punishment from the FA for what he gave to a construction worker…

@FPLDONER: But don’t punish Liverpool for swapping with Aston Villa U/23s.

@silas_syhlm_byh: That’s certainly a Chelsea fan just working in craven cottage

@joner600: FA looking to top up the bank account again

@Fejer_Official: You know what? F**k FA!

@Jadenljw46: Tested ok to play but could get fined for giving away his jersey? Really?

@DraxlerJayQall: Good gesture. Wrong timing

@ynrocks: Quite a stupid rule… He’s okay to play the game against players. But punishment for giving out jersey ffs

@Jadenljw46: Tested ok to play but could get fined for giving away his jersey? Really?

@BillyWarner12: Do me a favour

@lincolnmurray81: They might aswell bring in a social distancing rule on the pitch

@tsenkoom: Not surprised, he plays for Chelsea, FA acts stupid when it is Chelsea

@TweetChelseaUK: Fuck the FA

@CFCJIMMY14: FA is honestly a disgrace lol .. never seen a corporation so incompetent and stupid not to mention irritating

@CFC_Oscar8: the FA can die

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