From the wind to bacon, Steve Bruce doesn’t just talk about football in his press conferences.
Next up – the coronavirus.
Everyday at training, the players and staff greet each other with a handshake, but that tradition has been put on hold amid fears of spreading the virus.
“We have a ritual where we shake hands every morning. We’ve stopped that on the advice of the doctor,” Bruce said, according to the Daily Mail.
“We have a superb doctor here and he’ll keep us informed. We’re glued to the TV and let us hope it doesn’t get any worse in this country.”
In fairness, it’s probably sensible. And it’s not like Bruce has made this decision himself, he’s just passing on what the doctor told him.
But it’s such a ludicrous story that you just have to laugh at it.
And considering it’s Bruce who said it, he’s going to get a load of grief from fans. This is the same bloke who thought a reporter asked him ‘how was the bacon’ rather than ‘how was the break’ the other week.
Newcastle’s plan to stop the coronavirus spreading has got fans pondering what else has been banned by the club.
Considering we’ve been so inept in front of goal, has attacking been banned all season? And what happens if we do score? Are the players allowed to celebrate with each other?
What else is banned at Newcastle?
Is it passed on via attacking football too? It might explain why Bruce has banned that
— Jonno Woodward (@Jonnow123) February 28, 2020
So passing, scoring and now shaking hands have all been banned by the looks of it what a time to be a Newcastle fan
— Lee Dobinson (@LeeDob86) February 28, 2020
— Craig Shitpeas (@CraigShitpeas) February 28, 2020
Breaking news #nufc players banned from scoring goals because of coronavirus…….
— Mick Lazarus (@MickLazarus1) February 28, 2020
— leigh smith (@geordieleighs) February 28, 2020
#nufc no hand shakes….. ok so no hugs when we score a goal, oh sorry we aren’t doing goals are we so that’s not a problem
— Brian Hellens (@bri44life) February 28, 2020
Chest bumps only please
— Andrew Simpson (@blackbeltsgeord) February 28, 2020