Coronavirus: Premier League writes to clubs to offer advice

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The Premier League has written to its 20 clubs, advising on the latest contingency plans to deal with the spread of coronavirus.

League officials are liaising daily with the government's public health experts to provide up-to-the-minute advice on how best to counteract the spread of the virus.

Fixtures lists and kick-off times remain unaffected.

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However, clubs have been asked to consider the implications if the government were to ban large gatherings, leading to matches being played behind closed doors.

For now, the league says it's 'Business As Usual' - but advises officials to raise hygiene levels at their stadiums and training grounds to protect fans as well as players and staff.

They are also advised to cut down on non-essential visitors and keep face-to-face meetings to a minimum.

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Like most clubs, Brighton have implemented a series of restrictions. Last night the club detailed how they are advising players and staff to:

  • Postpone all player appearances across both men's and women's squads.
  • Restrict players posing for selfies and signing autographs pre-match and post-match at the stadium.
  • Restrict "direct physical contact, such as handshakes, hugging, hi-fives".
  • Avoid non-essential visitors or meetings at stadium and training ground, encouraging use of Skype.
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