Belarusian football chiefs cash in on being Europe’s only active league as they sign string of TV deals with fans across the world desperate for action
- Most leagues across Europe and the globe have shut down due to coronavirus
- In Belarus, they decided to start the season last week amid the ongoing crisis
- It is the last league still going in Europe and authorities have warned not to panic
- The Belarusian FA has clinched broadcast deals with networks in 10 countries
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Football chiefs in Belarus are cashing in on their country’s decision not to force a suspension of games due to coronavirus.
The Belarusian Premier League, which includes clubs such as BATE Borisov and Dinamo Minsk, have signed a string of TV deals as fans around the world seek to fill the void left by cancelled competitions.
The Belarus Football Federation are still allowing fans into stadiums which has helped to clinch broadcast deals with sports networks in 10 countries, including Russia, Israel and India.
Belarus remains the only country in Europe defying the pandemic through playing football
A capacity crowd flocked to watch the Minsk derby take place on Saturday afternoon
‘This is an unprecedented situation,’ said a spokesman for the federation.
Belarus have so far reported 94 coronavirus cases but have taken few measures to curb the outbreak.
President Alexander Lukashenko has downplayed the need for social distancing. At the same time, the popularity of Dinamo Minsk on social media in English has spiked.
Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko has been adamant that there is no need to panic
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