Protests as football resumes in Brazil

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After a three-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, football returned to South America on Thursday in Brazil, with a Rio de Janeiro state tournament match, though some clubs and fans insist it is too soon. Picture:  Allan Carvalho/NurPhoto via Getty Images
After a three-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, football returned to South America on Thursday in Brazil, with a Rio de Janeiro state tournament match, though some clubs and fans insist it is too soon. Picture: Allan Carvalho/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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Copa Libertadores holders Flamengo beat minnows Bangu 3-0 in Rio’s iconic Maracana Stadium, in a match with no fans and played just metres from a field hospital set up to treat Covid-19 patients.

Rio mayor Marcelo Crivella, who authorised the resumption of the tournament, had said President Jair Bolsonaro, a fierce critic of coronavirus quarantine measures, would attend the match, but the far-right leader ended up not making the trip.

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