Coronavirus: AFC commends ‘positive steps’ taken to resume Saudi Professional League

Football players in action as the stands are seen during the Saudi Professional League match between al-Hilal and al-Ettifaq at King Saud University Stadium, in Riyadh. (File photo: Reuters)

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Secretary General Dato' Windsor has commended the “positive news” regarding the planned resumption of local competitions in Saudi Arabia months after it was stopped due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The Saudi Football Federation announced last week the decision to resume the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Cup Saudi Professional League starting from August 4 after it was initially postponed on March 14 due to coronavirus pandemic.

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Last Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s Sports Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal held a remote meeting with the heads of professional clubs in the Kingdom to discuss the next stage of resuming the league.

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The Kingdom’s Ministry of Sports announced last week the return of sports activity in Saudi Arabia and the return of club training beginning late June. They also announced the health protocol for matches and training as part of measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Sports suspended all public attendance at sports competitions and events on March 7, as part of the Kingdom’s efforts at the time to limit the spread of the coronavirus. It then resumed sports activities without fans starting from June 21.

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Last Update: Monday, 29 June 2020 KSA 03:09 - GMT 00:09
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