Coronavirus advice for players and staff

Italian sporting events will be behind closed doors until April 3, but the players and staff have also been given restrictions to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

The Government decree released this evening means that all games from March 5 to April 3 will be played behind closed doors on Italian soil.

In Serie A, clubs are ordered to test their players and staff regularly to ensure they are not infected with Coronavirus before taking part in a match.

Players are also urged not to drink from the same bottle in a game situation or training session, to avoid eating in the dressing room, try to keep items of clothing and towels separate for each player.

There is to be no hand-shake before or after the match, and naturally no mascots walking out with the teams.

The athletes are encouraged not to touch their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hand, trying to either cover the mouth when coughing and sneezing, or using a single-use tissue.

The training ground and locker room should be regularly disinfected, while players who show any symptoms of fever or respiratory infection must immediately split off from the rest of the squad.

Even the media have been asked to disinfect their microphones between interviews.

Despite the precautions taken by Ludogorets when visiting Inter for the Europa League, facemasks and rubber gloves are not considered necessary or even particularly advisable. 

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