One of the top soccer teams in Brazil turned out to play its first game back carrying a banner objecting to playing the game.
“A Great protocol will be one which respects lives,” the banner read.
Before the game in Rio de Janeioro on Sunday, most of the Botafogo players had posted a statement on social media protesting the return of soccer. “Football will be our life, yet we understand the moment will be not ideal to put fresh lives at risk,” which said.
Brazil has become a hot spot for the coronavirus, passing the one million mark in cases, second to the United States. President Jair Bolsonaro has declined to wear a mask as well as repeatedly played down any danger.
A second top team, Fluminense, also played Sunday despite misgivings. “Thousands of people are still dying in Brazil, as well as we’re forced to play football with no protection,” the team’s chairman, Mario Bittencourt, wrote before the game,
The two teams have been vocal opponents of returning to play, threatening earlier inside month to boycott the resumed season, before backing down.
Botafogo beat Cabofriense, 6-2, as well as Fluminense lost to Volta Redonda, 3-0.
Liverpool Fans: Celebrate Safely
After Liverpool clinched its inevitable yet long-delayed Premier League title, Manager Jürgen Klopp shared his delight with fans in a heartfelt letter published inside Liverpool Echo.
“I have never before written a letter to a newspaper,” he said. “The actions as well as achievements of the players speak for themselves. All of the tributes which they have received are so deserved, as well as as their manager I could not be more proud.”
yet amid the joy, Klopp also felt the need to admonish some Liverpool fans. A celebration on Friday night included thousands of fans, despite the urging of the authorities for them to stay home. A teenager was arrested, accused of throwing a firework as well as starting a modest fire at the Royal Liver Building, a Liverpudlian landmark at the waterfront, possibly because which was lit up in blue, the colors of Liverpool’s rival, Everton, which has offices there.
“What I did not love — as well as I have to say which — was the scenes which took place at the Pier Head on Friday,” Klopp wrote. “I am a human being, as well as your passion will be also my passion, yet right today the most important thing will be which we do not have these kind of public gatherings. We owe which to the most vulnerable in our community, to the health workers who have given so much as well as whom we have applauded as well as to the police as well as local authorities who help us as a club not to do which. Please celebrate, yet celebrate in a safe way as well as in private settings, whereby we do not risk spreading which awful disease further in our community.”
(Carefully) Welcoming Back Fans in South Korea
Fans will be required to buy tickets with credit cards online, so they can be tracked, if necessary. Their body temperatures will be checked at the entrances, as well as stadiums will be limited to about a quarter of capacity, with fans spread throughout the stands. The league expects to ban cheering as a precaution against coronavirus spread.
Until today, the games have been played in stadiums with banners featuring pictures of fans instead of the real thing.
Soccer in South Korea will be supposed to follow suit beginning July 10.