How Chelsea are dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak as handshakes are banned

British prime minister Boris Johnson is holding an emergency COBRA meeting this morning due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

One of the topics in the discussion will be whether major sporting events will have to be cancelled, or whether Premier League matches will have to be played behind closed doors.

It is a measure which has already been put in place in Italy, while it has been announced that the Champions League match between PSG and Borussia Dortmund will also not have fans in attendance.

Of course, that will have a major effect on clubs around the country in terms of matchday revenue, but has been seen as a necessary way to help prevent the spread.

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One measure that the Premier League have already introduced ahead of the weekend was to cancel the pre-match handshake. Instead, Chelsea and Everton players walked past each other with a nod, rather than touching.

However, it made no difference when Chelsea scored their four goals, with celebrations of hugging and also after the match with the two sets of players shaking hands.

Chelsea, of course, have been taking extra precautions to help prevent the spread of the disease during their matches and training.

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At the end of February, a club spokesman said the Blues were ‘following government protocol, there is no other update’, with Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard confirming that the players were as well.

Lampard said after the win over Liverpool on Tuesday when asked if he was worried about Coronavirus: “As a manager yes, as a father yes, as a husband yes. I think we are all in the same boat as that is concerned. We are taking all the right courses of action here within the club and I am as concerned as the rest of us, I guess.”

Before Sunday’s game against Everton, Lampard said that the players were taking precautions, saying:…


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