Bulgarian Football Union puts on hold league season kick-off as COVID-19 cases rise
SOFIA (BULGARIA) – The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) has put on hold the start of the next season’s domestic top flight by two weeks. This comes after the country saw a spurt in the number of coronavirus infections in a week.
On Friday, BFU’s Medical Commission submitted a proposal to the management to postpone the championship kick-off because of the pandemic.
“The BFU accepted the proposal in order to preserve the health of players, staffs and officials,” it said in a statement.
Though the current season is underway, the government on Thursday ordered the matches to be played behind closed doors.
The new season will now start on August 7, the BFU said.
The infection has hit more than half of Bulgaria’s top flight clubs as well as second-tier teams. Cherno More Varna reported 16 cases while nine players from Cup winners Lokomotiv Plovdiv also tested positive this week.
On Friday, the country reported as many as 330 coronavirus cases and another 292 cases on Saturday. The total tally is 7,000 confirmed cases and 267 fatalities.
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