South Korea's K-League postpones games due to fears of coronavirus

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South Korea reported 52 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and has postponed next week's opening games for Daegu FC and Pohang Steelers.

Reuters

updated:February 21, 2020, 12:59 p.m.

South Korea's K-League postpones games due to fears of coronavirus
Daegu FC and Pohang Steelers (Photo credit: Facebook)

The South Korean top league said on Friday that it postponed next week's opening games for Daegu FC and Pohang Steelers due to an increase in coronavirus cases in the southeastern region.

After meeting executives and representatives of the 12 clubs, the K-League said Daegu's season opener against Gangwon FC on February 29 and Pohang's meeting with Busan IPark on March 1 later in March or June.

South Korea reported 52 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the national total to 156, the majority in Daegu, the country's fourth largest city.

The virus outbreak killed more than 2,200 people in China after it developed in Wuhan late last year.

"We all recognize the seriousness of the situation regarding COVID-19," Yonhap quoted K-League Secretary General Han Woong-soo.

"Home openings for teams in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province will be held at a later date."

The region is also home to Sangju Sangmu, who will host his first league game against Daegu on March 7th.

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