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German soccer restarts without spectators

May 17, 2020

Berlin (Germany), May 17: Soccer players are back but their fans are not as the German league's top division held six games on Saturday under strict new rules.
Matches have restarted after being suspended since mid-March.
Athletes have to adjust to a new routine of playing without spectators. There is no marching onto the field together, no huddles before the kickoff and no handshakes.
Substitutes wearing masks sat at a distance from each other in the stands away from the bench.
Even when a team scored, the players did not hug each other, making for a more subdued scene.
The German league required all the players and staff to have a PCR test twice, once a week before the game and once more by the day before the game.
The stadium is divided into three zones to reduce contact as much as possible.
Elsewhere in the world of soccer, the English Premier League is saying it wants to reopen in June and the Italian League says it hopes to reopen the same month.
Local media report that the Spanish league is also working to start again in mid-June.
The football leagues in France, Netherlands and Belgium have decided to close the season.
Source: NHK World