English Premier League side, Newcastle have banned players from shaking hands with opposing teams ahead of their match against Burnley on Saturday.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce took the decision following the outbreak of coronavirus as advised by club doctor Paul CattersonBruce also ordered players to stop their morning “ritual” of shaking hands.
Catterson, the club doctor, said the advice to stop any potential spread of the deadly coronavirus as concerns over the disease spread to Premier League clubs.
The manager said, “There is a hand shaking ritual here, everyone shakes hands with each other when we see each other in the morning. We have stopped that on the back of the virus.
“Let’s hope it doesn’t get any worse. We are like everyone else, glued to the TV seeing what happens next. We are mindful of bugs sweeping through.”
The club has not experienced any symptoms of the virus, and the measure is a safeguard to stop the illness spreading.