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AFL releases new protocols on players touching after Tigers-Blues clash

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.

Richmond's Sydney Stack and Carlton's Zac Fisher hug after the game.

Richmond’s Sydney Stack and Carlton’s Zac Fisher hug after the game.Credit:Getty Images

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.

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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.

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