Brighton and Crystal Palace players defy coronavirus fears with handshake before game and holding hands with mascots

BRIGHTON and Crystal Palace players showed no coronavirus concerns ahead of their lunchtime clash.

Players stepped out onto the field holding the hands of mascots before greeting each other with handshakes before kick-off.

Players and officials showed no concerns over the coranavirus

BT Sports

A number of Premier League clubs are taking extra precautions to limit any risk of the virus spreading among squads.

West Ham boss David Moyes has banned handshakes, forcing players to fist-bump and use anti-bacterial hand gel in a bid to stay safe.

Newcastle, too, have imposed a ban on their own players shaking hands with others in an attempt to prevent any cross contamination within their club.

Formula One races, including Grands Prix in Australia, Vietnam, Bahrain and China, are already at risk.

Even the Olympic Games – set to be held in Tokyo, Japan, this summer – could be cancelled due to the deadly illness.

This summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, hosted across the entire continent, is also in jeopardy.

And Fifa President Gianni Infantino says the world governing body could step in to cancel next month’s England international friendlies because of the coronavirus.

Across North London, Tottenham star Son Heung-min has been forced to self-isolate for two weeks following his return from South Korea.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have banned journalists who are suffering from a cough from attending press conferences.

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