Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Harry Kane showed leadership with his reaction to scoring on Wednesday amid the ongoing debate around goal celebrations during the COVID-19 crisis.
Footballers have come under scrutiny for hugging on the pitch as the pandemic continues to worsen in the UK.
Kane was among the most recent top-flight goalscorersAFP
Coupled with a number of high-profile breaches of lockdown rules and growing cases among footballers, the sport is treading a fine line with the government if it wants to continue.
Footballers have regular access to testing, create COVID-secure bubbles to play, and some feel they are being targeted by a government looking for a distraction from more serious issues regarding the pandemic.
But as many have pointed out, it is the example set by group celebrations which causes concern, and Keown is glad Kane chose to portray the right one during Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Fulham by running away from his teammates.
Kane waited until his teammates calmed downGetty Images – Getty
“The players are not immune to this virus, as much as they’re in a bubble,” the former Arsenal defender told White and Jordan on talkSPORT.
“They’re with their colleagues regularly in the dressing room and they probably wonder whether they can’t be close when they score goals.
“Harry Kane ran away from the group and gave them time to calm down a bit. He took leadership there.”
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock has delivered a warning to his players about group celebrations.
The Championship boss has put 21-year-old Marcus Tavernier in charge of making sure celebrations are in keeping with the rules.
Warnock insists players must be carefulGetty Images – Getty
“We’re very fortunate that the government have agreed to this and we can’t take any chances to knock it back,” Warnock told talkSPORT.
“I’m hoping the lads realise that. I’ve emphasised it every day we’ve trained this week.
“I’ll be emphasising it again today and I just hope they take it on board.
“I’ve told Tavernier to organise the goal celebrations, that’s his job now, so I can fine him.
“I’ve asked them to be extra vigilant and tell their partners and the people they live with to do the same.
“They’ve got to adhere to what we’ve been told.”
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