Why are football teams in Belarus still playing?

Published on April 9, 2020 by

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has resisted calls for a nationwide lockdown, calling fears of the coronavirus epidemic “psychosis” and suggesting vodka or a sauna would help.

So as football leagues across Europe have shut down for safety, teams in Belarus are playing on. The country’s little-known league is now surging in popularity worldwide as match-hungry football fans tune in for live coverage.

But local supporters are increasingly abandoning stadiums, worried for their health.

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