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.
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”.