The English Premier League is, according to reports, monitoring the coronavirus situation ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
In an email to CNN, the League says guidelines have been issued to all the 20 clubs in English football’s top tier and they are following the procedures given by the National Health Service for all other businesses and venues used by large numbers of people.
The coronavirus menace
So far, there have been 88,000 global cases of the virus with many reported dead.
In Italy for example, some football matches have been played behind closed doors and some have even been postponed.
The Europa League second leg tie between Inter Milan and Ludogorets was played between closed doors, with players arriving wearing medical face masks.
Clubs are now displaying advice to staff and supporters around the grounds, notably to wash their hands and self-isolate if they are experiencing any symptoms.
CNN also understands that in as much as the virus can spread through contact, there are no plans to change pre-game handshakes.
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