Vietnam League witnessed thousands of fans pouring into the stadium as the league matches restarted after Coronavirus risk abated. The country resumed soccer without social distancing or curbs on crowd sizes. The country says it successfully combated the pandemic.
Matches in Vietnam’s professional league were suspended in March but with no coronavirus deaths and just 328 confirmed cases, the communist country is eagerly pursuing a return to normalcy to get its economy back on track.
The stadium in Nam Dinh was close to its 30,000 capacity on Friday as the home side lost 2-1 to visitors Viettel in one of three openings V. League matches, where spectators stood shoulder-to-shoulder with few face masks to be seen.
“If we were scared of the virus we wouldn’t have come,” said Viettel fan Dinh Van Tam.
The V. League’s decision to pick up exactly where it left off bucks a global pattern of countries preparing to restart leagues without supporters, while discussing changes to rules to handle fixture backlogs, the lack of atmosphere or fears about fans gathering outside grounds.