Players warned that spitting is a swine flu risk, but Bolton boss Megson isn't worried

29 October 2009 01:30
Footballers have been warned that spitting during matches could increase the risk of spreading swine flu after players at Blackburn and Bolton were struck down by the virus.

A Health Protection Agency spokesman said: 'Spitting is unhygienic and unhealthy, particularly if you spit close to other people. Footballers, like the rest of us, wouldn't spit indoors so they shouldn't do it on the football pitch. If they are spitting near other people it could certainly increase the risk of passing on infections.'

Staying calm: Bolton Wanderers manager Gary Megson says the swine flu threat is no big deal

Bolton manager Gary Megson, whose side play a fourth-round Carling Cup tie at Chelsea tonight, four days after the London club played Blackburn, is not worried about his squad catching swine flu as he says they have already had it - twice.

Megson said: 'We have had five people with it since the outbreak and I think most teams have. We have had four players contract it and a member of staff. But you can't go and call games off and nor would we want to try to.

'It happened twice, but not at the same time. I would think every business has had it at some point. It really isn't a big deal. We didn't make a big deal of it at the time and we don't want to make a big deal of it now.

'The people who contracted it didn't want everyone to know about it, quite rightly.'

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