Liverpool ban mascots as part of coronavirus response

Date published: Thursday 5th March 2020 5:22 - Ian Watson

Liverpool will not have mascots on the pitch for the remainder of the season as part of the club’s response to the threat of coronavirus.

The Premier League has written to all clubs instructing them to prepare contingency plans should the virus spread as it is feared.

In Italy, Serie A matches this month will be played behind closed doors and Everton’s chief financial officer Saha Ryazantsev feels it is ‘quite likely’ that the Premier League will adopt a similar approach in the coming weeks.

Jurgen Klopp wasn’t interested in talking about how the virus might affect his team’s plans, but Liverpool have issued a statement about the measures they have already put in place.

The Reds said: “We have taken proactive measures including cancelling any staff travel to high-risk countries and reminding everyone of good hygiene practices through notices in/around all our sites.

“We have also activated a health questionnaire screening for all external visitors to all our training facilities, our office locations and other community facilities that we use regularly.

“For supporters planning on attending Anfield there will be hand sanitisers and/or antibacterial handwash in all the washrooms at Anfield as well as additional information posters reinforcing the official medical advice for everyone to take personal responsibility for excellent personal hygiene.

“We are also taking matchday precautionary measures and will not have any mascots on the pitch. Any supporter displaying symptoms that are consistent with the virus should ensure they familiarise themselves with the chief medical officer’s advice on self-isolation.”

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