The Premier League has banned players and managers from shaking hands with one another before a game amidst fears over the spread of the coronavirus, The Independent have revealed.

The pre-match fair-play handshakes have been a part of football for a long time but it has now been decided to ban them “until further notice” due to safety concerns.

A woman in her 70s was confirmed as the first coronavirus death in the UK on Thursday with Downing Street warning that it is now highly likely that the virus would spread in “a significant way” (The Guardian).

A statement released by the Premier League reads:

“The Premier League fair-play handshake will not take place between players and match officials from this weekend until further notice based on medical advice.

“Coronavirus is spread via droplets from the nose and mouth and can be transmitted onto the hands and passed on via a handshake.

“Club and match officials will still perform the rest of the traditional walk-out protocol ahead of each fixture. On entering the field of play, the two teams will continue to line up, accompanied by the Premier League music, then players from the home team will walk past their opposition without shaking their hands.”

Italian fixtures have already been ordered to be played behind closed doors in Serie A and it has been revealed that the Premier League is also considering the possibility of following suit (Guardian).

Spurs Web Opinion

The spread of Covid-19 is no joking matter and could become a serious public health hazard if not handled properly. However, I can’t help but think most Spurs fans wouldn’t really be too bothered if the decision is made to scrap the season altogether. It has certainly been our most forgettable campaign in a long time.

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