South Korean football fans gathered at a sports pub in Suwon on Friday to watch the 2020 K-League season opening match between Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Suwon Samsung Bluewings being played behind closed doors and after a delay of more than two months due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Lee Sang-hyup, a Bluewings fan who usually watches games in the stadium, was wearing his team’s uniform and rooting for his team at a pub.
“After watching this, I feel like my heart is beating after a long time,” he said.
He ended the match disappointed though, as the Bluewings lost 1-0.
The Jeonju World Cup Stadium, home turf of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, was not filled with fans but giant yellow and white cards saying “#CU SOON STAY STRONG” were placed on empty seats, while coaches and substitutes wore face masks.
The K-League opener followed the start of South Korea’s baseball league on May 5, which attracted fans of Major League Baseball (MLB) craving to watch games with MLB on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.