Former Celtic and Manchester City star Dedryck Boyata has come under fire after kissing his Hertha Berlin teammate Marko Grujic during their victory over Hoffenheim on Saturday.
All eyes were on the German top-flight as football returned from an unprecedented two-month break due to coronavirus, but the Belgium centre-back seemingly got a little carried away in his side’s 3-0 win.
Images show Boyata appearing to plant a kiss on on-loan Liverpool midfielder Grujic – which would be a clear breach of the league’s social distancing guidelines.
The 29-year-old is not expected to receive retrospective action for the incident, despite warnings that failing to abide by social distancing measures to keep players safe could lead to a red card.
Shortly after the kiss, Hertha scored three quick-fire goals to give themselves a comfortable lead in their return match.
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It is believed Premier League chiefs are aware of yesterday’s incident and will urge their players not to repeat it when English top-flight football returns in June.
But new Hertha coach Bruno Labbadia insisted: “I hope people understand this. It is only a recommendation to hold back.
“We have tested negative six times, most recently yesterday. Emotions are also a part of it.”