The AFL is introducing new protocols on “social distancing” between players and others on game day following the constant contact between players in the Richmond v Carlton game on Thursday night.
The league was sending out a new series of guidelines for teams to follow late on Friday, seeking to reduce the amount of unnecessary touching between teammates – such as hugging and high-fives – and advising against the sharing of water bottles and other measures.
This followed criticism of the teams for hugging, high-fiving and shaking hands on Thursday night, when commentators and players were distant from one another during mid-match and post-match interviews.
The protocols were being sent out before the Western Bulldogs v Collingwood game and the rest of round one.
The AFL’s new protocols were not only a matter of safety, but also the example that players would set for the general public during the coronavirus pandemic.