The PFA has asked its members to note the “vital importance” of observing coronavirus and club protocols as the United Kingdom begins the third phase of national lockout.
The PFA has told its members plays must “follow lockdown rules without exception” as coronavirus case numbers continue to increase.
The PFA has released a statement, which read: “Following the announcement of a third national lockdown, the PFA would like to reinforce the message that players must follow the current COVID-19 rules and club protocols as a matter of vital importance.”
“In a close-knit football environment, the ramifications of any rule breaches are potentially hugely damaging for fellow players, clubs and the game as a whole.”
“It is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved that the vast majority of matches have gone ahead as scheduled and the risks to players, staff and their families have been well managed and kept to a minimum.”
“Although prospects are brighter due to the vaccine’s imminent rollout, players must continue to take the lead and act responsibly and professionally.”
“Between now and the end of the season, we ask that you continue to take personal responsibility and follow the lockdown rules, without exception.”
“Throughout the pandemic, we have seen that players have a unique position to inspire and influence society positively.”
“Your compliance with the national restrictions sets the right example to millions of fans and young people. Following the rules is also the best way to protect your loved ones, your colleagues and their families from harm.”