- Dedryck Boyata came under fire after he flouted social-distancing guidelines during Hertha Berlin meeting with Hoffenheim
- The defender appeared to kiss Marko Grujic during the encounter which finished 3-0 in favour of the visitors
- Boyata has come out to clarify what happened saying he was giving Grujic instructions on set-piece, but apologised for touching the face of his teammate
Hertha Berlin defender Dedryck Boyata has denied kissing his team-mate Marko Grujic during a Bundesliga clash on Saturday, May 16.
Hertha's match against Hoffenheim was among a string of others that marked return of football in Germany after weeks of inaction occasioned by the global outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
The resumption of the league was guided by strict health directives including donning of facemasks by members of the technical bench.
Whereas a number of participants heeded to the guidelines, Boyata found himself on the receiving end for allegedly flouting the social-distancing advice as he appeared to kiss Grujic on the cheek.
The former Man City star has come out to comment on the matter, insisting he did not kiss his teammate, explaining he was only explaining a set-piece to him.
However, he was quick to apologise for touching Grujic's face, reiterating need for players to be "careful" while playing under the current dire situation.
"It wasn't a kiss, neither a celebration. I apologise for putting my hands on @grujicmarko face. I was giving him instructions about a set-piece," he posted.
"We must definitely be careful now that we play under this situation. We have to adapt our way to play or celebrate," he added.
Hertha Berlin went on to win the match 3-0, with Vedad Ibišević and Matheus Cunha both finding the back of the net.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that as fans are excited with the return of football in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, some are having mixed reactions as regards social distancing and its possibility in the game.
Bundesliga returned to action making it the first topflight league to restart in Europe after games were suspended due to the ravaging coronavirus crisis.
Borussia Dortmund’s encounter against Schalke 04 was billed to bring back the sparks, and as expected, the BVB fired from all cylinders to wallop their opponents 4-0.
However fans were left reeling as coronavirus prevention guidelines were seen on several occasions.
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