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K League to allow fans to return


Seoul: A limited number of fans will be allowed to return to matches in Korea Republic from this Friday, the K League has announced, easing restrictions brought in at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gangwon FC’s home game against Incheon United will be the first to feature fans in the K League, with attendance limited to 25 percent of capacity with strict social distancing and virus prevention measures in place.

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The announcement comes after the Korea Republic government downgraded the country’s social distancing status and a crowd of 2,000 fans was allowed to watch Korea Republic’s senior national team win 3-0 against their U-23 counterparts on Monday.

The Korean top-flight season began on May 8 in empty stadiums before a limited number of fans were allowed to attend K-League games from Aug. 1.

However, a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases forced the government to enforce stricter rules and again bar fans from attending matches.

Fans will only be able to purchase tickets online and permitted to sit in designated seats. Alcohol and food will not be allowed and temperatures will be taken upon arrival, while masks will be mandatory.

Chanting and singing will not be permitted and fans must adhere to the guidelines laid out in the K League's COVID-19 prevention manual.

“The K League, along with each individual club, is committed to its common goal of operating a safe league and will continue to implement thorough quarantine rules in accordance with the manual,” the organisation said in a statement on its official website.

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