HANDSHAKES BANNED AT ISLE OF WIGHT FOOTBALL MATCHES OVER CORONAVIRUS FEARS

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Footballers and officials playing in the Sydenhams Wessex League have been banned from shaking hands over coronavirus fears.

Newport IW FC, Cowes Sports and East Cowes Vics have been hit by the suspension of handshakes, which has come into effect from today (Tuesday 3rd March).

With the Government taking more action to fight COVID-19 – and with panic starting to spread – the League has decided to take action.

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In a statement issued by League organisers, it has been said:

“Given the current situation and guidance issued by the Public Health Authorities, the League feel it is advisable and prudent that the following be temporarily suspended until further notice:

• The pre-match handshakes as part f the RESPECT campaign by players and officials
• Handshakes by captains and officials at the toss of the coin prior to the start of the match
• Handshakes by players and officials after the final whistle

“This will take effect from today (3rd March) until further notice”.

 

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bit pointless really, as they will still come in to physical contact with each other at speed during the game and sweat/spit etc will involuntarily be sprayed around – not to mention face planting the grass,with all those bugs, bacteria, etc on it. Are they going to disinfect the ball each time someone touches it, as the virus lives on surfaces for ages.

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Are they going to stop them spitting?

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Good point rog you know the answer

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The fear factor is kicking in, this appears not so much fear of the virus spreading, but fear of being held responsible and potential prosecution. There are some sensible precautions to be taken.
If you are going to prevent a hand shake in such situations then what is the point in playing in the first place.
Not based on any common sense what so ever, what next, the game goes ahead but don’t touch the ball if someone has come into contact with it, or the referee will only be allowed on the pitch as long as nobody gets within 3 feet of him and most importantly if the goal keeper touches the ball with his hands the match is called off…….

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