The SFA’s newly formed coronavirus response group have made their first move in response to the threat of the epidemic hitting Scottish football.

COVID-19 is causing worry across the globe after the virus originated in China. It has since spread across the world with Scotland recently having its first case confirmed in recent days.

Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman updated the Scottish Parliament on the coronavirus situation in Scotland today. (Photo by Ken Jack/Getty Images)

Italy is the worst affected region in Europe right now and the situation over there has resulted in several Serie A fixtures being postponed.

The SFA’s response group have taken their first piece of action since forming yesterday. Handshakes between opposing teams, officials and referees at all Scottish matches have been suspended.


This will take place with immediate effect. A card of Championship fixtures plus Hibs v Hearts will be amongst the first round of games affected by this new measure.

Hearts v Hibs will be affected. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

It’s circumstances that will stay in place until further notice. This rule spans across all levels, from amateur to Premiership level.

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