The 2020 K-League season started on Friday with a game between Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Suwon Samsung Bluewings played without spectators after a delay of two or more months caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
The Jeonju World Cup Stadium, home gardening of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, was not filled with fans but large yellow and white cards stating “#CU SOON STAYS STRONG” were placed on vacant chairs, while trainers and replacements wore face masks.
Broadcasters from 10 states, mostly in Asia and Europe, have purchased rights to the season and South Korea’s football association K-League live-streamed Friday’s match on Twitter and YouTube with English commentary.
Han Dong-min, a fan who usually watches games in the arena, was rooting for his group in a bar in Suwon, on the outskirts of Seoul.
“I was very pleased to see a football game even it had been without fans,” said the 22-year-old Han following his team’s 1-0 defeat.
Lee celebrated the target with sign language significance esteem, joining the”Thanks For You Challenge” in South Korea to express gratitude to health workers fighting hard to attack the virus.
“I was disappointed as all football games around the world were suspended due to the coronavirus,” said Lee Sang-Hyup, a 24-year-old Bluewings fan in Suwon.
“But after seeing the match, I feel as if my heart is beating following a long moment.”
South Korea, which has conducted widespread testing, intensive contact tracing, and monitoring apps to include the spread of this virus, eased social distancing principles from May 6.
The K-League opener followed the start of South Korea’s baseball league on May 5, which brought fans of Major League Baseball (MLB) craving to watch movies with MLB on hold as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
The K League is Asia’s oldest professional league, dating back to 1983, and teams will perform 27 matches this season, down from 38 due to the delay caused by the coronavirus.