European professional football red-carded by Covid-19 pandemic

Professional football in Europe has not been spared by the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns. With colossal sums of money at stake, the impact on the clubs is hugely damaging on a financial level. In France, the government has cancelled the rest of the Ligue 1 season, but in some countries like Germany and Austria, training sessions have resumed and league games could soon be back. But how is it possible to play football amid the coronavirus threat? Will supporters get to see their idols any time soon? Clovis Casali reports.

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Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a landlocked East Alpine country in the southern part of Central Europe. It is composed of nine federated states, one of which is Vienna, Austria’s capital and its largest city.

It is bordered by Germany to the northwest; the Czech Republic to the north; Slovakia to the northeast; Hungary to the east; Slovenia and Italy to the south; and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.

Austria occupies an area of 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi) and has a population of nearly 9 million people. While German is the country’s official language, many Austrians communicate informally in a variety of Bavarian dialects.

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