Fernandinho stops Man City players hugging in goal celebration

Manchester City captain Fernandinho has been labelled "a great Covid officer" after attempting to stop his team-mates hugging when celebrating Ilkay Gundogan's magnificent goal in their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Gundogan scored an excellent strike from just outside the box to put City 2-0 up and he was joined by his team-mates to celebrate the goal.

However, after the Premier League wrote to clubs to remind them of the Covid protocols which include avoiding 'handshakes, high-fives and hugs', Fernandinho was seen reminding the players to keep their distance before applauding Gundogan.

Reacting on social media, one City fan said: "That’s just wonderful (And Fernandinho makes a great Covid officer )"

"Fernandinho being a great covid Marshall there", another added.

"Identify far too much with @fernandinho trying to keep everyone from celebrating together under Covid restrictions", quipped a third.

"my captain ferna trying to reduce covid"

John Stones netted a brace either side of Gundogan's goal, before Raheem Sterling scored an excellent free-kick to cap off a quality display by City who now sit second in the Premier League table.

Speaking after the game, City boss Pep Guardiola said: "We didn't concede, we had to be patient and Palace defended really well. We were so stable, it is an important victory.

"When we handle top teams we are fortunate to have this quality. In the final third when Kevin de Bruyne makes the assist, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling put it in the top corner, and John Stones was on fire in the box. It's easy for me when you have these players.

"We try to play the same way we have in the last few seasons and in the back four we don't make mistakes. Last year we made a lot.

"Last year was the worst – before we were always solid behind, it is just individual quality. Ruben has helped a lot.

"If there is one player I am more than pleased that everything is going well, it's John Stones. He is playing because he deserves it."

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