GENEVA (AP) — First it was the Faroe Islands. Then came Germany’s Bundesliga. Next up is Estonia.
When three soccer games are played Tuesday in Estonia, it will become the third European top-tier league to emerge from a shutdown forced by the coronavirus pandemic.
Games will, inevitably, start in empty stadiums though fans might return as soon as July. Government approval should let up to 1,000 spectators attend each game in the 10-team Meistriliiga from July 1.
“The emotional connection to be back in the stadium is the most important thing,” Estonian soccer federation spokesman Mihkel Uiboleht told The Associated Press on Monday.
Fans got just one sight of their teams on the opening weekend of a March-November season that is normal in colder northern Europe.