NEWCASTLE boss Steve Bruce has banned players and staff from shaking hands due to coronavirus fears.
The Toon chief is determined to take every precaution to prevent a possible outbreak at the club.
He said: “There’s a ritual, everyone shakes hands.
“We’ve stopped that on the advice of the doctor. Let’s hope it doesn’t get any worse in this country.”
Newcastle host Burnley at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Brits were warned by Chief Medical Officer for England Prof Chris Whitty they face months of coronavirus chaos with sporting events, gigs and schools on lockdown to stop the spread of the killer bug.
An emergency shutdown could mean this summer’s Euros tournament, Premier League games, the FA Cup Final, Grand National and Glastonbury are all under threat.
Even the famous April London Marathon could be called off as organisers say said they are “monitoring” the situation.
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