Ex-Man City and Celtic ace Boyata insists he DIDN’T kiss Hertha Berlin team-mate Grujic or break social distancing rules – The Sun
DEDRYCK BOYATA insists he was 'explaining a set piece' to Marko Grujic after being accused of breaking social distancing rules.
The former Celtic and Manchester City defender was part of the Hertha Berlin side that returned to action in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
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But he appeared to break strict coronavirus distancing rules by appearing to kiss his team-mate during the 3-0 win over Hoffenheim.
However, Boyata has now attempted to explain what was actually going on in that moment.
Posting a picture of the "kiss" on Instagram, the Belgian international said: "I was explaining a set piece, a corner to [Marko Grujic].
"Not kissing or celebration or whatever has been said."
The Bundesliga has enforced strict rules as part of its return to action during the coronavirus crisis.
Players are not allowed to celebrate goals in close proximity to each other, as Erling Haaland and his Borussia Dortmund team-mates demonstrated in their win over Schalke.
While subsitutes have to wear masks at all times before coming on, and have to sit a certain distance apart from other on the bench.
Managers do not have to wear masks but every other member of their staff must don them for the duration of their time in the stadiums.
And all games will be played behind closed doors for the remainder of the season.
Boyata and his Hertha Berlin team-mates currently sit in 11th place in the Bundesliga table, just a point ahead of rivals Union Berlin.
However, the latter side face a tough test against league leaders Bayern Munich this evening.
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