The Premier League has banned pre-match fair-play handshakes “until further notice” amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

“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,” a statement read.

“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 with shaking their hands.”

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