The Premier League club Newcastle United introduced a handshake ban to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, said manager Steve Bruce on Friday.
“There is a ritual here: everyone in Newcastle shakes everyone’s hand as soon as we see each morning – we stop at the doctor’s recommendation,” said Bruce.
“We are like everyone else. Fortunately, we have an excellent doctor here and he will keep us informed about what we have to do.
“We are like everyone else, we are glued to the TV where it will go next and we hope that it doesn’t get worse in this country”.
Sporting events around the world are being increasingly affected by the spread of the virus.
The clash between Juventus and rival Inter Milan is among the five Serie A games to be played behind closed doors this weekend because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.
The Swiss government said on Friday that it was suspending all events in the country involving more than 1,000 participants.
In cycling, the UAE Tour was abandoned on Thursday after two Italian employees from one of the participating teams tested positive for the coronavirus.
The virus proliferated around the world last week, emerging on all continents except Antarctica, prompting many governments and companies to try to stop people from traveling or meeting in crowded places.
It has killed more than 2,800 people and infected more than 83,000 worldwide – the vast majority in China – since it apparently emerged from an animal market in a city in central China in late December.