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Pre-match handshakes banned ahead of this weekend's football fixtures due to Coronavirus

Chesterfield line-up for pre-match 'fair play' handshake against Havant And Waterlooville last season

Chesterfield's players won't be shaking hands with opponents Chorley ahead of this weekend's fixture, due to a ban on 'fair play' handshakes as a result of Coronavirus concerns.

The ban will affect all Premier League, Football League and National League Matches, meaning no handshakes will take place before Alfreton's home game to York City in the National League North. 

A statement on the National League website says: "The National League has received communication from The Football Association in connection to the government's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

"In light of the government's campaign, and as a precaution, pre-match 'fair play' handshakes between players and match officials will not take place in The National League until further notice.

"Similarly, customary handshakes between captains and match officials ahead of kick-off will not be required.

"There is currently a public information campaign, which advises people to:

• Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
• Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
• Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
• Not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean"

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