South America to ban shirt swaps, spitting when soccer back

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Players will be banned from exchanging shirts and spitting under health protocols announced by CONMEBOL for when it hopes soccer can resume in South America in September.

The governing body developed the protocols for the Copa Libertadores and second-tier Copa Sudamericana, which have been shut down along with every national league in the continent since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

CONMEBOL said it’s setting up a medical control register to which all players, coaching staff and other match officials must sign on. All signees must undergo COVID-19 tests, and be subject to additional testing before matches and trainings.

Before matches, all people involved will also have to undergo body temperature checks.

At matches, players and other participants
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