Football leagues around the globe have come to a standstill due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Most of Europe’s competitions have been suspended until further notice as the viral pandemic escalates. The Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, and the Champions League are a few of the high-profile leagues out of action, however, not all football has followed suit.
While staying safe is of the utmost importance right now some leagues are taking to the field. Here we’ll take a look at what football is still taking place around the world, and where you could potentially watch live.
Russian Premier League – Called Off
Up until last weekend, the Russian Premier League was being played as normal, including fans in the stadium. However, coming in line with most other countries, the sport has now been suspended until further notice.
Ukrainian Premier League Still On-Going
A league that is going against the grain is the Ukrainian Premier League. It was announced on the 12th March they would ban spectators until at least the 3rd of April in light of the outbreak, but that the league will go on. These restrictions were put in place by the government there so there is no reason why the league should suspend.
Football Being Played in Turkey
The Süper Lig, Lig 2 and 3 decided to press on with the season but has come under serious fire. In saying that, Turkey took a few extra precautions ahead of kick-off. They played a full set of games last weekend, but without fans in attendance. There have been plenty of games in the Turkish league played behind closed doors in the past, so this isn’t too much of a shock. In fact, one of the country’s biggest rivalries went ahead this weekend with Galatasaray hosting Beskitas without their supporters. This is something that has become a common occurrence due to crowd disturbances, but something that the rest of Europe doesn’t like the idea of.
There are no suggestions that the league will be called off anytime soon, but the situation will be monitored.
Football Being Played in South America
Several of South America’s leagues are still being played – without the inclusion of fans. Argentina is one of the countries bucking the trend and allowing competitions to go ahead. The Superliga is underway with the likes of Boca Juniors and River Plate both in action. You can also stream these matches with Paddy Power if you have a funded account.
Chile is another South American country letting football go ahead despite the pandemic.
Australian A-League Latest Update
The Australian A-League confirmed on Monday that all matches will go ahead, behind closed doors. The news has caused a bit of stir amongst players and staff. This is particularly true for Wellington Phoenix, a New Zealand team who are set to travel to Australia and Melbourne Victory as they both need to quarantine for 14 days.