Football: No hugging please, we're German

7th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

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

Berlin -- 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 Thursday's Bild: "They (fans) shouldn't shake someone's hand, kiss or hug" when a goal is scored.

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 on Friday 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 Saturday has had to be cancelled after two players went down with swine flu.

AFP/Expatica

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