Football fans being urged not to hug

German Football
By German Football August 9, 2009 16:41

Football fans being urged not to hug

German football fans have been advised to tone down their goal celebrations to reduce the risk of catching swine flu.

The warning came from Susanne Huggett, the director of a German laboratory who told Bild: “They (fans) shouldn’t shake someone’s hand, kiss or hug” when a goal is scored.

Ms Huggett added: “At a football stadium people are seated very close together. If you find yourself next to someone who is coughing and sniffling all the time, you should think about switching places.”

The German first division, followed by 17.5 million fans last season, is due to open today without any special swine flu precautions in place.

“For the moment we don’t feel any need to do anything in this area, but we are following developments very closely and we are in close contact with the authorities,” noted Holger Hieronymus, director of the German league.

Having said that a third division game scheduled for tomorrow has had to be cancelled after two players went down with swine flu.

German Football
By German Football August 9, 2009 16:41
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