One of the best football teams in Brazil played their first game with a banner that protested the game.
“A good protocol is one that respects life” read the banner.
Before the game in Rio de Janeioro on Sunday, most Botafogo players had sent a statement on Social media Protest against the return of football. “Football is our life, but we understand that the moment is not ideal to endanger new life,” it said.
Brazil has become a hot spot for the corona virus and in some cases has passed the one million mark, second only to the United States. President Jair Bolsonaro has refused to wear a mask and repeatedly downplayed every danger.
A second top team, Fluminense, also played on Sunday despite concerns. “Thousands of people are still dying in Brazil and we are forced to play football without protection,” said team leader Mario Bittencourt. wrote before the game,
The two teams were vocal opponents of returning to the game and threatened earlier this month boycott the resumed season before retiring.
Botafogo defeated Cabofriense 6-2 and Fluminense lost 3-0 to Volta Redonda.
Liverpool fans: celebrate for sure
“I’ve never written a letter to a newspaper,” he said. “The actions and successes of the players speak for themselves. All the honors they have received are so deserved, and as a manager, I couldn’t be more proud. “
In the midst of joy, Klopp also felt the need to admonish some Liverpool fans. Thousands of fans attended a celebration on Friday evening, despite the authorities asking them to stay home. A teenager was arrested, accused of fireworks and a small fire at the Liverpudlian landmark on the water, the Liver Liver Building, possibly because it was illuminated in blue, the color of Liverpool’s rival Everton, who has offices there.
“What I didn’t love – and I have to say – were the scenes that took place at Pier Head on Friday,” wrote Klopp. “I am human, and your passion is my passion, but the most important thing right now is that we don’t have this kind of public gathering. We owe it to the weakest in our community, the health workers who have given so much and whom we have applauded, and the police and local authorities who help us as an association not to. Please celebrate, but celebrate in a safe manner and in private settings, with no risk of spreading this terrible disease to our community. “
(Careful) greeting fans in South Korea
Fans must buy tickets with credit cards online so that they can be tracked if necessary. Your body temperatures are checked at the entrances and the stages are limited to about a quarter of the capacity, with fans in the stands. The league expects Ban cheers as a precaution against the spread of coronaviruses.
So far, the games have been played in stadiums with banners with pictures of fans instead of the real ones.
Football in South Korea is expected to follow on July 10th.