K-League fans back at 25pc capacity as virus controls ease

SEOUL (AFP) – South Korean football fans will be allowed back into top-flight K-League matches from Friday at 25 per cent of stadium capacity following an easing of coronavirus restrictions, the Korean Football Association announced.

Baseball, the country’s most popular spectator sport, saw fans return for the first time in almost two months at five scheduled games yesterday with a maximum of “low-to-mid 20 per cent level” of capacity, the Korea Baseball Organisation said.

Spectators had been allowed back in limited numbers in July, only for the doors to close again three weeks later after a spike in infections linked to anti-government rallies in Seoul.

The government eased the ban on spectators at the weekend after daily domestic infections stayed in double figures for two weeks.

South Korea brought its initial outbreak broadly under control with extensive tracing and testing while never imposing a compulsory lockdown.

Spectators watching a friendly football match between the South Korean national team and the under-23 national team at a stadium in Goyang on October 12. PHOTO: AFP