SAM ALLARDYCE shouted ‘no hugging or kissing’ at his West Brom players as they celebrated their 3-2 win at Wolves.
Big Sam was quick to remind his victorious stars of the latest Covid rules after the full time whistle blew on the closely fought Midlands derby.
Sam Allardyce warned his players against ‘hugging and kissing’ amid new Covid rulesCredit: AFP or licensors
The Baggies celebrated with hugs and high-fives after their win at WolvesCredit: Rex Features
The Baggies claimed all three points to move closer to safety thanks to two penalties from Matheus Pereira either side of Semi Ajeyi’s strike.
Wolves were leading 2-1 just before half-time thanks to Fabio Silva and Willy Boly.
But Allardyce’s men were back in the lead just 11 minutes into the second-half.
They managed to hold on which triggered passionate celebrations at the end with the group high-fiving and hugging as they made their way off the pitch.
But their manager – who has been vocal in his criticism of Covid handling during the pandemic – cracked down on the behaviour quickly.
Having fist-bumped some of Wolves’ staff, TV microphones heard him bark: “No hugging lads. No kissing.”
Players were recently advised to ‘practice socially distanced’ celebrations by football chiefs.
But the Baggies weren’t paying much attention.
Fans online were quick to react to the footage.
Samuel wrote: “Nice to see Covid rules imposed!”
But James replied: “Well Sam did say ‘no kissing lads’ hahaha.”
After his side’s recent FA Cup defeat at League One Blackpool, Allardyce called for football to be stopped.
He warned: “We’re out to entertain and if we’re to continue to do that then we’re fearful of someone catching a virus they’re not going to recover from?
“I don’t know how long we can carry on.
“The big help is the vaccinations happening as quickly as possible but we may need a lockdown if cases outside of football continue to rise.
“There’s talk about extra restrictions that we are going to come under in the next few weeks.
“We’ve got to do things at the training ground in smaller groups, we’ve got to spread ourselves out further and meetings have to be done in smaller groups.
“We cannot let players sit down.”