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ARE PEOPLE STILL SHAKING HANDS, FIFA BOSS JOKES ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino arrived at Belfast’s Culloden Hotel for the IFAB meeting and headed straight to a huddle of reporters in the lobby.

Wary of the coronavirus storm, Infantino jokingly asked the pack if they were ‘still shaking hands’ before proceeding to do so. Tubs of hand sanitiser gel were left outside meeting rooms at the Holywood venue.

Meanwhile, legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison was spotted enjoying breakfast at the plush hotel and spa, which led some to wonder if IFAB had pushed the boat out for the entertainment at their evening dinner. It turned out Belfast-born Morrison is a regular at the five-star complex — and an artist offering caricatures was the entertainment at the meal.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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