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Thousands of fans tune into Jeonbuk Motors v Suwon Bluewings in the South Korean K-League

Thousands of live-starved sports fans tune in to watch Jeonbuk Motors v Suwon Bluewings in the K-League of South Korea as key football leagues begin to restart behind closed doors

  • Thousands of fans watch live football for the first time since March
  • South Korea’s K-League is back in action with games behind closed doors
  • Jeonbuk Motors faces Suwon Bluewings with live coverage on the BBC
  • The competition would start in February for the outbreak of the coronavirus
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

Football is back! Thousands of fans have tuned in to the BBC’s South Korean K-League live broadcast after the country got the green light to resume the games.

Jeonbuk Motors takes Suwon Bluewings and supporters have seized the opportunity to watch live football for the first time since March.

While there may not be fans in the stands, the noise from the crowd is directed to the stadium, giving the illusion of cheering supporters – and you can even hear the sound of a drum being played.

Thousands of fans have tuned in to the BBC's live coverage of the South Korean K-League

Thousands of fans have tuned in to the BBC’s live coverage of the South Korean K-League

Jeonbuk Motors takes Suwon Bluewings behind closed doors at Jeonju Stadium

Jeonbuk Motors takes Suwon Bluewings behind closed doors at Jeonju Stadium

Jeonbuk Motors takes Suwon Bluewings behind closed doors at Jeonju Stadium

Football fans across the country have been able to watch football for the first time since March

Football fans across the country have been able to watch football for the first time since March

Football fans across the country have been able to watch football for the first time since March

BBC Sport broadcasts the game live on their website with over 20,000 viewers

BBC Sport broadcasts the game live on their website with over 20,000 viewers

BBC Sport broadcasts the game live on their website with over 20,000 viewers

Fans take full advantage of the first chance to watch live football in two months, with some even hosting Zoom parties with friends.

One person tweeted, “Good to watch live football, but HT 0-0. Jeonbuk has the most ball possession and Suwon is reminiscent of Tony Pulis’s Stoke side, scrappy game, but that is to be expected due to a lack of game sharpness. ‘

Another joked that they were just happy to see the board of the fourth official again.

In addition to the absence of an audience, there are other security measures, including prohibiting handshakes, restrictions on players talking to teammates, opponents and referees, and coaches and substitutes who must wear face masks.

“Excessive spitting or blowing of the nose is prohibited and players should refrain from close conversations,” said Koo League communications officer Woo Cheoung-sik.

“During the game, players who normally spit or speak well are warned.”

Substitutes and coaches must wear face masks as part of the safety measures

Substitutes and coaches must wear face masks as part of the safety measures

Substitutes and coaches must wear face masks as part of the safety measures

Handshakes, long conversations with teammates or coaches and spitting are also prohibited

Handshakes, long conversations with teammates or coaches and spitting are also prohibited

Handshakes, long conversations with teammates or coaches and spitting are also prohibited

Jeonbuk is led by former Chelsea assistant Jose Morais and has been champion for the past three seasons.

They also have former Cardiff and Wigan winger Kim Bo-kyung and former Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-gook in their ranks. Lee is 41 but still manages to deliver impressive performances.

The Bluewings have not won the title since 2008 and have former Fulham and Dundee United man Adam Taggart on their team.

The match will be played at Jeonju Stadium, where three matches were held during the 2002 World Cup.

The score is currently 0-0, but Jeonbuk has the most chances to score. The game can be viewed live BBC Sport.

The Bundesliga will follow in South Korea’s footsteps when it is the first European league to come back into action when games resume behind closed doors on May 16.

Jeonbuk is led by former Chelsea assistant Jose Morais and is the reigning champion

Jeonbuk is led by former Chelsea assistant Jose Morais and is the reigning champion

Jeonbuk is led by former Chelsea assistant Jose Morais and is the reigning champion

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