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New York youth soccer team bans high-fives amid flu fears

The New York youth soccer team is asking players to avoid high-fives, hand shaking and fist bumps due to fears over flu exposure.
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Adem Ljajic (R) of ACF Fiorentina celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and S.S. Lazio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on Oct. 28, 2012 in Florence, Italy. (Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

There's a new victim of the flu in New York -- team camaraderie.

That's right, a kids soccer club in Manhattan has put the kibosh on high-fives, hand shaking, fist bumps or any other congratulatory touching of hands to avoid spreading the flu, the New York Post reported.

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Nearly 20,000 flu cases had been reported in the state through Monday, WCBS reported.

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And while banning high-fives may seem a bit extreme, Manhattan Soccer Club parents were all for it.

"It shows that (the club) is on top of what is going on with the flu outbreak, and they have come up with a great solution that shows good sportsmanship while also reducing the chance of transferring the flu," parent Andy Stenzler told the Post.

In an email to parents, the club suggested “the safest thing to do is to touch elbows," NBC Sports reported.

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