South Korea's K League officially kicked off on Friday after the season was delayed by coronavirus and reigning champions Jeonbuk, who have won five of the past six K-League titles, opened proceedings from the Jeonju World Cup Stadium. But with Jeonbuk chasing a victor in the second half, artificial crowd noise was pumped through the PA system, which did at least give some semblance of atmosphere.
When Lee Dong-Gook headed home the victor in the 84th minute, Jeonbuk's players celebrated with a hand signal to give thanks to their country's health workers, with more crowd noise and music blaring out.
After the match, the fever of all the players and team staff will be checked.
Sportradar has also announced that online content platforms such as Copa90 and Laola.tv will carry out live streaming services across Europe and the rest of the world, excluding Korea, providing fans with some much needed football content as most live-sports are still now suspended. "I think I've reminded global fans that I'm still around".
South Korea's K-league will resume today and players have urged to make precautionary moves to mitigate against the spreading of the coronavirus.
Simon Hill, the veteran commentator, had promised online viewers a "feast" to end the "famine", but the match probably did not quicken the pulses of overseas neutrals who filled the K-League's official YouTube account with comments in Japanese, English, Arabic, French and Spanish. No fans will be allowed in stadiums, many of which were built for the 2002 World Cup and have capacities of over 40,000.
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The sports data firm was appointed as the K League's worldwide broadcast rights distributor in December 2019 with global interest increasing in the competition since the 2020 campaign was confirmed to be starting in May last month.
"We hope fans will forget about the virus when they watch the K-League", said President of the K-League 1 Kwon Oh-gap as per The Guardian.
If anyone gets infected during the season, their team and those who played against them will have to take a two-week break.
With other countries waiting to restart their respective football leagues, 17 countries will air South Korea's top-flight pro football matches live this season. "We have completed contracts with a number of countries and are negotiating with other broadcasters".
The game was also shown on YouTube and on the league's Twitter page and Lee, who has been capped 105 times by his country and counts Middlesbrough and Werder Bremen among his former clubs, admits it was a odd situation. As Hill said in his sign-off: "Isn't it great just to have some football again?"