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Dadrik Bayata insisted he was “explaining a set-piece” after accusing Marco Grujic of ruining social distance advice and kissing his Hertha Berlin teammate.
Hertha won 3-0 against Haftahim on Saturday as the Bundesliga became the first major European league to resume after a suspension for the 2012-20 season due to a coronavirus epidemic in March.
Carefulness was exercised in the games, the options were masked and sat far away from each other, but Boyata appeared to kiss Gruji on the cheek.
However, Bayata took to Instagram to provide a different version of the event.
“It wasn’t a kiss, it wasn’t a celebration,” he wrote, including a video of the incident.
“I’m sorry to put my hand on that Grazic Marco’s face. I was instructing him about the set-piece.
“We must now be careful that we play in this situation. We have to adapt our own way to play or celebrate.”
Borussia Mচেnchengladbach players embraced after scoring twice before a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
The German Football League (DFL) has said it will not penalize players for celebrating, although it has given direction on the matter.
However, Bavarian state minister Marcus Soder said strict rules must be followed in line with the hygiene protocol.
“Football has the ultimate potential to be a role model, so we should stick to our guidelines and pay attention to it next week,” he told Sport 1.
“Players must follow the rules.”
He added to the Hartha incident: “I don’t like it.”