Training sessions at Newcastle United will be a lot less cordial after manager Steve Bruce said on Friday that players and staff had been advised to avoid handshakes in a bid to prevent spreading coronavirus.
The United Kingdom now has 19 confirmed cases of coronavirus and Bruce said the club were not taking any chances.
“There’s a ritual here that everybody shakes hands with everybody as soon as we see each other every morning. We’ve stopped that on the advice of the doctor,” Bruce told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s match against Burnley.
“We’re like everybody else. Thankfully, we’ve got a superb doctor here and he will keep us informed of what we have to do. We’re glued to the TV for where it’s going to go next and let’s hope it doesn’t get any worse in this country.”