DUBAI: Professional European football leagues are back into action after being sidelined for weeks after the coronavirus interruption.
Even Spain and Italy, two of worst hit countries, have resumed club competitions amid lingering concerns about the safety of everybody, from players to fans, prompting organizers to hold matches behind closed doors.
The strict policy of playing matches in empty stadiums, with only cardboard cutouts of supporters providing mute support to their favorite clubs, have raised questions whether experience of the world’s beautiful game have been diminished.
Over half of those polled by Arab News, or 51 percent, think the lack of a crowd has somewhat dampened the thrill of European football while over 35 percent were just happy that their favorite sport was back. The rest of, meanwhile, have yet to see if the lack of loyal fans could diminish the thrill of the game.
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— Arab News (@arabnews) June 20, 2020