Super League teams told to tone it down

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 21 May 2020

The Chinese Super League will lack exuberant goal celebrations - and fans - under plans to play during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Football authorities have drawn up plans to keep players and fans safe to meet ambitions of launching the season in late June or early July.

The Chinese Football Association has also taken a keen interest in South Korea's K-League and Germany's Bundesliga, which have led the way in playing again despite lingering virus fears.

Like them, CSL matches would be held initially behind closed doors.

Substitutes would be spaced out on the sidelines and wear masks.

In addition, the Beijing Youth Daily said, the league would cancel mascots, handshakes, group photos and other activities.

Also, "after a goal is scored players will not be allowed to gather and hug. All celebrations will be replaced by applause." And when fans are allowed in eventually they would have to sit a meter apart.

The plans need government approval before a kick off. The CSL was supposed to start on February 22 but was postponed indefinitely in January due to the pandemic.

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