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Pro football league to discuss postponing season amid coronavirus scare

All News 10:10 February 24, 2020

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- Faced with the fast-spreading coronavirus, the South Korean professional football league will convene an emergency board meeting later Monday to discuss postponing the start of the new season.

The K League announced the meeting will begin at 2 p.m. at its Seoul headquarters. The 2020 season is scheduled to open Saturday with two matches, followed by two more on Sunday. But that could change, as the K League joins several other sports organizations in South Korea grappling with the deadly COVID-19.

Through Sunday, it has claimed six lives and infected more than 600 people in South Korea.

Last Friday, the K League postponed two opening weekend matches in the southeastern region, following a recent surge in COVID-19 infections in the area.

Also Monday, the K League said it has canceled the season-opening media day initially set for Wednesday in Seoul and scrapped orientations for rookies and new foreign players.

In this file photo from Feb. 21, 2020, K League officials and representatives from the 12 clubs in the top-flight K League 1 attend a meeting at the league headquarters in Seoul to discuss fixture changes in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province in the southeastern part of the country. (Yonhap)

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