Premier League announce bizarre alternative to handshake ceremony amid Coronavirus fears

The Premier League have announced changes to the pre-game rituals for this weekend matches.

Amid fears over the spread of Coronavirus in the UK, the handshake between sides ahead of the games has been cancelled.

The UK has had 115 confirmed cases of the virus so far, and announced the first death caused by the virus on Thursday.

The Premier League have been in touch with the UK Government in regards to advice over the coronavirus and have now taken this step.

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A statement read: “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 and and passed on via a handshake”

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In its place, clubs will still take part in every part of the pre-match ceremony – but will instead merely walk past the other team while not shaking their hands.

“Clubs and Match Officials will still perform the rest of the traditional walk-out protocol ahead of each fixture,” the Premier League added.

“On entering the field of play, the two teams will continue to line up, accompanied by the Premier League music, then player from the home team will walk past their opposition without shaking their hands.”