Coronavirus pandemic: Russian Football Union suspends league until 10 April following criticism from fans

The Russian league was the best-attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games

The Associated Press March 17, 2020 17:53:01 IST
Coronavirus pandemic: Russian Football Union suspends league until 10 April following criticism from fans

Football in Russia has been suspended until 10 April.

Coronavirus pandemic Russian Football Union suspends league until 10 April following criticism from fans

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The Russian league was the best-attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games.

The Russian Football Union says its board agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting Tuesday.

That follows a wave of tighter restrictions on public gatherings and events across Russia and a decision by CSKA Moscow to cancel its upcoming game against Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Fans made ironic references to the virus outbreak at games last week. Fans of Zenit chanted "we’re all going to die” on Saturday and CSKA supporters displayed a banner on Sunday with the club crest and the message: “This virus is inside me. I’m its carrier.”

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