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No Pre-Match Handshakes at all FAI matches

Club News
// 9 Mar 2020

The FAI have announced that players are prohibited from shaking hands with opponents and match officials in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

A statement from the FAI, released on Monday afternoon, read: ‘The Football Association of Ireland has today issued a directive to all affiliates instructing them that players are not to shake hands with their opponents or match officials at all games under FAI jurisdiction.

‘The FAI decision, following on from a UEFA directive for their competitions, comes into effect immediately and will remain until further notice across all games in the Republic of Ireland.

‘The decision has been taken in line with recommendations made by the World Health Organisation to minimise potential transmission of COVID-19.

‘The FAI medical team remain in communication with the Department of Health and will follow all government recommendations regarding coronavirus.’

The directive follows on from a similar move by the Premier League in England last week as leagues around Europe try to contain the outbreak.

In Italy, Serie A matches will be played behind closed doors until April 3rd while France has announced a ban of gatherings of more than 1,000 people which is set to affect sporting events.

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