As COVID-19 spreads, Western United take no risks

Western United huddle before a game. (Luke Hemer)

By Lance Jenkinson

Western United will play its friendly game against Melbourne Victory youth behind closed doors at City Vista Recreation Reserve in Caroline Springs this Saturday to combat the potential spread of COVID-19.

A club official has told Star Weekly that it was taking no risks with the coronavirus as it starts to become a concern for people in the Victorian community.

Western United has been proactive with its measures to limit any impact on people at the club should a coronavirus case arise.

The club has provided players and staff with extra hand sanitisers and players have been instructed to no longer shake hands with teammates until the pandemic is over.

The closed doors game against Victory was organised to keep the Western United players in peak physical condition on a week they have a bye in the A-League.

Western United will continue to follow its own measures to minimise the threat of the virus, but will also adhere to the direction of Football Federation Australia, who implement league-wide policies.