Nicaragua: Real Esteli wins league in empty stadium final

The Real Esteli football club won the final against Managua FC held in an empty Estadio Olimpico del IND Managua due to coronavirus as fans gathered outside to witness the last bout of this year's Nicaraguan Premier Football League end 3-1 on Saturday. The final not only marked the end of the Nicaraguan First Division's Championship, but also made it one of the few leagues worldwide that did not... Еще have to halt due to the coronavirus outbreak. «It was a success, because we were able to finish it, the only league in all of America that could finish the tournament. And always obeying what the Ministry of Health indicated, because we know that it is a global situation, it is a pandemic,» said the League's General Director Luis Rosas. Fans gathered outside the stadium, which was fenced for the occasion, where their temperature was checked by staff. All had to rigourously wear masks and their hands sanitised before entering the perimeter. Nicaragua's football league, the 'Liga Primera de Nicaragua', was one out of only three in the world — with Belarus and Burundi — which continued to operate during the coronavirus pandemic, as the country has reported only 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five related deaths so far.

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