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Mandate the wearing of masks to keep stadiums open, urges Pep Guardiola | Manchester city

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Pep Guardiola believes masks should be mandatory in all public spaces to ensure matches no longer have to be played in closed stadiums due to the upsurge in Covid cases.

The Manchester City manager is concerned that, because the masks are only to be used in designated indoor environments, this may not be enough to prevent football from having to lock fans up again. The champions are due to host Leicester City on Boxing Day but Liverpool v Leeds and Wolves v Watford have been postponed due to the virus.

Facing the prospect of football being played behind closed doors, Guardiola said: “I wouldn’t like that, honestly. You can’t imagine how different it is to play with people. But cases are increasing all over the world, not just in the UK and in football bubbles. These people go to the stadiums and can contaminate [others because] in stadiums people don’t use masks.

“That’s what surprises me the most – you go to the streets, the big malls, the places to buy family gifts, no one wears a mask. Early scientists say the best protection you can get is through hand sanitizers and [face masks].

“In Spain, it will now be an obligation not only in [some] places but outside. So on the street you have to wear it. We should start over – you know [fans at matches should be] vaccinated, have a booster if that’s what is decided, but as part of that, hand sanitizer, social distancing and masks too. That way, the restaurants could still be open, the football could continue. We have to try to do it, if not, you know, another [ban] maybe come. [And] this [may] be over and over again.

Guardiola says Ederson, along with City’s other South American players Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus, are in pain when they return to the club after the international break. “There was a period this season where Eddy came back from international precedents with Brazil and was a little low, a little sad, and sometimes that happens in a season,” he said. “But in the last two or three weeks of his training sessions, I think he’s the best Eddy we’ve had.

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“Sometimes you don’t have a specific reason for that, but that’s especially the case for players from Argentina, Brazil, all South Americans. They go there and, because of the pandemic, play three games, whereas before it was two. They travel from here to Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay, to other places, take the plane, come back here, have jet lag, come back in totally different conditions.

“They are human beings. They have this lifestyle change in such a short period of time. So it happened with Eddy, but it happened with Fernandinho when he was in the national team before, with Gabby [Jesus], with Sergio [Agüero] when he was here, Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolás Otamendi.

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