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NFL coaches face coronavirus mask fines


Jon Gruden on the sideline without a face mask
Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was seen without a face mask during Tuesday’s game against New Orleans Saints

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said he “just wanted to communicate” when he removed his face mask in the side’s win against New Orleans Saints.

Under the NFL’s coronavirus protocol, anyone with bench area access must wear a face covering at all times.

Gruden and Saints counterpart Sean Payton could face fines after being seen without masks in Tuesday’s game.

According toESPN reportsexternal-link, three NFL clubs and their head coaches have already been fined.

“I’m doing my best,” Gruden said.

“You know, I’ve had the virus. I’m very sensitive about it, but I’m calling plays. I just want to communicate in these situations and I apologise. If I get fined, I will have to pay the fine.”

The Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks have been fined £195,000, with the head coaches of each team having to pay £78,000 for violating rules on face coverings.

Broncos coach Vic Fangio, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll were all seen without masks during their week two games.

The Raiders, playing their first game at the new Allegiant Stadium, beat the Saints 34-24 to make it two wins from two games this season.

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