Football in Burundi continues despite Coronavirus pandemic

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Despite most of the leagues across the world being suspended due to Coronavirus, football in Burundi continues.

However, Burundi Football Federation (FFB) has banned goal celebrations, pre-match handshakes and any activity that involves touching of hands.

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These are done as part of preventive measures that have been enacted to help contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

Burundi has so far registered only three cases, putting them among the lowest in Africa.

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“We are going to play and at the same time we will constantly stay in touch with the Health Ministry,” FFB President Ndikuriyo Reverien was quoted by BBC.

“If there are signs of the virus spreading, we will stop the championship,” he added.

The new measures mean that players cannot shake the hands of their opponents as a fair play gesture.

FFB has also instructed the players to avoid getting close to match officials when they protest decisions.

They have also decreed that every match venue must have handwashing points and everyone must wash their hands before getting into the grounds. 

The number of spectators at match venues has also been halved. 

There are three rounds of games remaining to the end of the current season in the Burundi Premier League.

Burundi was the latest country in Africa to record positive Covid-19 cases and have decided to go on with football activities despite the rest of the continent halting their leagues and tournaments.

Apart from Burundi, Belarus, Nicaragua and Tajikistan are the other countries whose leagues are continuing.  

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