Manchester City take on Arsenal this evening in one of the first Premier League games for three months, but there are a number of changes that fans will need to take note of.
The behind-closed-doors match at the Etihad Stadium will have a number of new rules that players and officials will have to be abide by:
- Social distancing and hygiene will be enforced so there will be no spitting, clearing of noses or crowding match officials or opposing players.
- There will be no pre-match handshakes, and players will use hand sanitiser before and after every match.
- Players will need to keep their distance from teammates during goal celebrations while there will be limited interaction with opponents after games.
- A ‘sterile route’ inside the stadiums will be used, and expanded dressing rooms will allow players to keep their distance from each other.
- A drinks break will be enforced in each half, with all players assigned their own bottles.
- Crowd noise will not be played on sound systems in the stadiums, although fans will have the option at home
- TV cameras will be in the tunnels, but the sound will be muted, with only audio allowed on the pitch.
- Up to three substitutes can warm up at the same time, with five substitutions allowed on a maximum of three separate occasions during the match