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South Korea K League Kicks Of As World Watches On.

Delayed 2020 season for South Korea's K league kicks off in Jeonju on friday, providing top-flight soccer action to a world starved of live sport.

Korean FA Cup holders Suwon Bluewings will open the season with Defending champions Jeonbuk Motors at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium in a fixture put back more than two months since the covid-19 outbreak.

Some broadcasters from Asia and Europe have bought rights for the season and Friday's match will be streamed live with English commentary on the league's twitter feed and YouTube channel.

South Korea is aware that it's blazing a trail for nations returning to normal ways of survival after the covid-19 shutdown, though the baseball season already kicked off on Tuesday.

"I expect sports to give hope to the people desiring the recovery of their daily lives as early as possible," said the President of the country Moon Jae-in on Wednesday.

It's clear that no fans will be allowed in the pitch for the match despite South Korea's widely admired success at containing spread covid-19 Pandemic. Other protocols have been put in plans to protect the players health.

Excessive goal-scoring celebrations are banned, spitting is also discouraged and a nod of head will replace the traditional pre-match handshake.

Match officials, players and other staff will have their temperatures checked when they enter the stadium, even though they have been all tested for the virus.

"About a week ago we decided to everyone, players and coaching staff tested for the virus so that there will be little or no risk of infection even if there's contact." Lee Jong-kwoun, the K leagues chairman told Reuters on Thursday. The chairman also added that, about 1,100 players, staff members and coaches were tested and all were negative.

A team will be suspended from the competition if any of their player or staff will test positive for the virus during the remainder of the season.

Lee also added that, the K league is passing on the lessons they have learned to other professional leagues around the globe through their safety manual.

The season is now cut to 27 rounds from 38 because of the covid-19 delay.

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