Players in the Premier League have been told not to spit, clear their nose or surround game officials when the season restarts.
The Premier League released official instructions on how games should be arranged, played, and broadcast amid the Covid-19 pandemic prior to the start of top-flight football in England on Wednesday.
Along with the regulations listed above, following are some of the protocols that teams will undertake to ensure maximal safety in the present coronavirus pandemic.
Teams will travel to games by car, coach, plane or train providing physical distancing measures. Players will then go through a “sterile route” in a stadium to expanded dressing rooms, stagger their tunnel exits, minimize close contact during warm-ups, and have up to 15 minutes after a game for therapy according to.
In a red zone, the maximum number of people allowed is 110. So, only players with a clinical passport- a barcode scanned from a phone or print-out and confirming that their latest test result was negative- will be allowed access to the Red Zone, the area of a stadium that includes the pitch, technical area, tunnel and dressing room.
There will be breaks of drinks with players having to drink their own water bottles at midway through each half.
Also, the strict guidelines for players include no handshakes, no coughing or nose blowing, no mass confrontations, no officials from nearby matches and the use of hand sanitizer before and after each match. Any physical or soft tissue treatment medical staff are required to wear PPE.
Spare balls will be positioned across the pitch in the absence of ball assistants to avoid delays should one vanish into an empty stand.
The Premier League has also revealed several developments aimed at enhancing the transmission from empty stadiums. Crowd noise will not be played inside them, though fans watching at home can trigger EA Sports Atmospheric Audio, clubs will broadcast live video feeds of 16 supporters during matches on big screens.
Cameras will be placed in a tunnels-without sound-and live broadcast of the audio from the coin toss.
Additionally, if the situation permits, after scoring a goal, players will be directed by broadcasters toward a celebratory frame. So, after scoring in closed-door matches, players’ joy will be aimed toward a “celebration camera.”
VAR and doping tests will continue, although additional rooms will be used in Stockley Park to allow physical distance, while teams will be able to name nine substitutes instead of the usual seven and use five instead of three.
Finally, it has been confirmed players will wear Black Lives Matter and NHS badges on their shirts for the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign and a minute’s silence will be held in recognition of those affected by the virus prior to the opening 12 matches.