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The prospect of Premier League fixtures being played behind closed doors is “quite likely.”

And the coronavirus crisis means the unthinkable prospect of the season’s run-in being played in front of empty stadiums and Liverpool lifting the title with no fans at Anfield.

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Fair play handshakes have also been banned and the Premier League have held contingency meetings and are now waiting on Government advice but they are still stressing it is sensible planning rather than imminent changes.

The e-mail from the League to the clubs read:

“The first team environment is especially crucial: an outbreak affecting the first team of just one club could make completing the season
very difficult to achieve.”

“The Premier League fair-play handshake will not take place
between players and match officials from this weekend until further notice based on medical advice,” an official statement read.

“Coronavirus is spready via droplets from the nose and mouth and can be transmitted onto the hands and passed on via a handshake.

“Clubs and match officials will still perform the rest of the traditional walk-out protocol ahead of each fixture.

“On entering the field of play, the two teams will continue to line up, accompanied by the Premier League music, then players from the home team will walk past their opposition
without shaking their hands.”

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