Newcastle Ban Handshakes To Guard Against Coronavirus

Championship: Newcastle Close Gap On Brighton With Cardiff Win

Premier League club Newcastle United has introduced a handshake ban to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, manager Steve Bruce said on Friday.

“There’s a ritual here that everybody shakes hands with everybody as soon as we see each other every morning — we’ve stopped that on the advice of the doctor,” Bruce said.

“We are like everybody else. Thankfully, we’ve got a superb doctor here and he will keep us informed of what we have to do.

“We’re like everybody else, we’re glued to the TV for where it’s going to go next and let’s hope it doesn’t get any worse in this country.”

Sports events across the world are increasingly being affected by the spread of the virus.

The clash between Juventus and title rivals Inter Milan is among five Serie A games that will be played behind closed doors this weekend because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

The Swiss government on Friday said it was suspending all events in the country involving more than 1,000 participants.

In cycling, the UAE Tour was abandoned on Thursday after two Italian staff members of one of the teams taking part tested positive for the coronavirus.

The virus has proliferated around the globe over the past week, emerging in every continent except Antarctica, prompting many governments and businesses to try to stop people travelling or gathering in crowded places.

It has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 83,000 worldwide — the vast majority in China — since it emerged apparently from an animal market in a central Chinese city in late December.

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Ighalo Not For Sale Under Any Circumstance

ighaloPremier League club, Watford, insists Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, is not for sale “under any circumstances”.

Ighalo finished 2015 as the leading goalscorer in English league football after netting 30 goals in the past 12 months.

The Nigerian’s fine form in front of goal, which includes 14 goals in his debut Premier League campaign, has alerted Premier League big guns and more notably Spanish giants, Atletico Madrid.

Hornets boss, Quique Sánchez Flores believes Ighalo, who is on a five year contract, will stay until the end of the season.

Tottenham Beat Crystal Palace 1-0 At White Hart Lane

tottenhamPremier League club, Tottenham Hotspur, are up to ninth on the league table, following a 1-0 win against visiting Crystal Palace at the White Hart Lane.

South Korean Heung-min Son scored the only goal of the game, his third for the club this season.

The first half started slowly with Tottenham dominating the first half.

Son, who scored twice in the 3-1 midweek Europa League win over Qarabag, broke the deadlock with 22 minutes remaining with a left-footed effort from just inside the box to give the hosts their second 1-0 league win in succession.

Manchester City Beat Chelsea 3-0

Manchester-city-ChalseaPremier League club, Manchester City, has laid down a significant early marker by beating Chelsea 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

The goals scorers were Sergio Aguero Vincent Kompany and  Fernandinho.

Aguero opened the scoring at the 31st minute while Kompany scored at the 79th minute.

Not long after Eden Hazard was given a yellow card, Fernandinho sealed a win with the winning goal in the 85th minute.

After the match, the Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini, said that his team had a lot of criticisms, but were always the scoring team.

“I am very proud of this team. We have had a lot of criticism but we are always the most scoring team. We won two titles and last year we finished in second place and I continue playing this side. This is the side fans deserve.”

The City boss also said that the most pleasing thing to him about the match is the fact that his side scored three goals.

“Two things are the most pleasing to me about this match. Number one to score three goals. In the first half we played really well, just Asmir Begoivc put in a great performance and we didn’t score more.

“Second it was important to get a clean sheet. To win 3-0 in two games, one against the champions, we are just starting the season but it’s important to play in the way we did today. A lot of criticism but we are always the most scoring team,” he said.