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Referees' charity calls for players to stay two metres away from officials amid Covid-19 fears

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A referees' charity has called on the Football Association to enforce a rule that keeps players two metres away from officials on the pitch.

As football grapples with the Covid-19 crisis, players have already been warned not to celebrate in groups after scoring in order to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

Referees don't seem to have been considered in any social distancing guidance with players continuing to crowd around them when awaiting or contesting a decision.

Charity RefsupportUK said: 'It would be brilliant if the FA also state that players should not intentionally be within 2 meters of a match official.

'There is no reason whatsoever for a player to be intentionally that close to a match official.

While Premier League chiefs expect the message about goal celebrations to filter through to players in the weeks ahead, there remains no hard and fast rules to protect officials.

There were several moments in Tuesday's Burnley versus Manchester United game when official Kevin Friend was pursued by annoyed players.

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