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Manhattan club suggests no high fives or handshakes
January 16th, 2013 2:28AM



[FLU EPIDEMIC] The Manhattan Soccer Club has taken drastic measures to help limit the effect of the flu epidemic that has hit the New York metropolitan area. It is discouraging players from giving high fives -- and even doing postgame handshakes -- for fear that they could spread flu germs.

To show displays of sportsmanship, the club encouraged players to touch elbow instead of shaking hands. And so as to not create any ill feelings, club coaches were told to let their opposing numbers know what's going on ...

“It shows that [the club] is on top of what is going on with the flu outbreak," Andy Stenzler, whose 10-year-old daughter plays with the club, told the New York Post, "and they have come up with a great solution that shows good sportsmanship while also reducing the chance of transferring the flu."

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