Thiago Silva is expected to be disciplined for breaking Premier League coronavirus protocols by giving his match shirt to a construction worker at Fulham on Saturday.
After Frank Lampard’s side won 1-0 win at Craven Cottage on Saturday evening, the Brazilian defender threw his match shirt to an individual working on the reconstruction of Fulham’s Riverside Stand.
The Premier League released strict new protocols this week to prevent the spread of coronavirus among squads, which included a ban on swapping or giving away match-worn shirts.
Everton winger Richarlison pulled off the same stunt when Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton visited Fulham back in November, though the Brazilian did not receive any punishment.
England’s top-flight has seen several match postponements this season as certain clubs were unable to field teams due to various coronavirus outbreaks.
Among the stricter protocols include avoiding ‘handshakes, high fives and hugs’ during matches in order to limit unnecessary contact.
Despite the new rules coming into play this week and Premier League chief executive Richard Masters stressing the ‘critical importance’ to adhere to the regulations, most clubs still chose to celebrate as a team on Saturday and avoided social distancing.