European football protects itself from the coronavirus
Football is shielding itself from the coronavirus' spread this weekend.
Europe's leagues, in coordination with their respective health ministries, are all adapting to the protocols.
England's top flight wants to limit contact between players before the game, so there won't be any handshakes in the Premier League.
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The measure has been followed by Ligue 1, while Newcastle United have suspended their traditional morning handshakes at training.
Liverpool have also banned their staff from travelling to high-risk areas and will conduct a health questionnaire with all visitors.
Italian football was the first hit by the outbreak in Europe, with games being postponed on both of the last two weekends.
Now the government have ordered games to be played behind closed doors until April 3 at the earliest.
Mascots are banned, as are handshakes, and a maximum of 50 journalists and photographers can attend games.
There's still no new date for the Coppa Italia semi-final second legs, which were due to be played last week.
Italy's sides have also been hit in Europe. Getafe-Inter and Valencia-Atalanta will be played behind closed doors.
Ligue 1 postponed PSG's game at Strasbourg on Saturday, with them taking their decision on Friday.
The Bundesliga has reduced contact between players, but is continuing as scheduled.
Saturday's game between Borussia Monchengladbach and Dortmund is different though, with fans being asked to stay away.
Gladbach have offered refunds or tickets to European games instead.
The coronavirus has stopped leagues in China and South Korea, while Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG?have had their Asian Champions League games postponed until April.
Former Danish international and Brondby player Thomas Kahlenberg has tested positive for the virus, leading his old club to isolate 13 people, including players and coaching staff.
Ajax also isolated Christian Poulsen, and other coaches.
Luis Figo, European Championship ambassador, confessed that "it is a concern for UEFA", who are waiting to see what the future holds.
"But we can't think that it's an epidemic. Euro 2020 is three months away, so we have to wait."