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Spitting at any stage is prohibited while spitting at an opponent will be dealt with by a red card and a one-match ban, new match regulations circulated to all GAA clubs ahead of the return to competitive action next week have outlined. (stock photo)

Spitting at any stage is prohibited while spitting at an opponent will be dealt with by a red card and a one-match ban, new match regulations circulated to all GAA clubs ahead of the return to competitive action next week have outlined. (stock photo)

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Spitting at any stage is prohibited while spitting at an opponent will be dealt with by a red card and a one-match ban, new match regulations circulated to all GAA clubs ahead of the return to competitive action next week have outlined. (stock photo)

Spitting at any stage is prohibited while spitting at an opponent will be dealt with by a red card and a one-match ban, new match regulations circulated to all GAA clubs ahead of the return to competitive action next week have outlined.

Deliberately coughing in the face of an opponent will also warrant a red card and a one-match ban

The dangers of coronavirus transmission has prompted the moves with handshakes are also prohibited while team huddles can only take place if proper social distancing is being observed.

The GAA will introduce two water breaks, one in each half, with a one-minute break in play between the 15th and 20th minute during a break in play at the referee's discretion allowing players to move towards their team zone and drink from their own clearly labelled water bottles.

Dug-outs are being discouraged and will only be in use if social distancing protocols, two metres, can be applied, a most unlikely provision in many club grounds.

As an alternative, clubs are being asked to make alternative provisions for substitutes with teams based on opposite sides of the field where possible.

Belfast Telegraph