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'Frankly not comprehensible' - Eyes of the world on Belarusian football

The country’s Premier League season continues despite the global pandemic, which has seen the rest of world football shut down.

The match between Gorodeya and Shakhter last weekend.
The match between Gorodeya and Shakhter last weekend.
Image: Sergei Grits

THE HEAD OF the global football players’ union Fifpro has said it is “frankly not comprehensible” that football is continuing to be played in Belarus despite the coronavirus crisis.

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has vowed to resist social distancing measures despite the country reporting its first death from the virus on Tuesday, and a surge in confirmed cases to 152.

The Belarus Football Federation has been able to sell TV rights to 10 countries as fans look for something to watch.

Fifpro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said: “We’re appealing for it to be taken with the same cautionary measures that have been taken in the rest of football.

It is frankly not comprehensible how this could be going on.”

A full Premier League programme was played in Belarus last weekend and the next two matches are scheduled to take place on Friday in Minsk and Bobruisk respectively.

virus-outbreak-belarus-still-playing Fans having their temperatures taken on the way in at Gorodeya. Source: Sergei Grits

Lukashenko played in an ice hockey match last week and reportedly claimed drinking vodka and taking a sauna was a way to beat the virus that has now killed over 40,000 people worldwide.

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