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    Football: SPL match played behind closed doors amid increase in COLID-19 cases


    SINGAPORE: All Singapore Premier League (SPL) matches will be played behind closed doors from Saturday (May 8), with increased transition to new COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday.

    A total of 64 community infections were reported in the previous week, preceded by 11 cases in the week, prompting authorities to take measures from Saturday to May 30.

    The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced less than two weeks ago that more than 250 fans would be able to participate in SPL matches without the need for any form of COLID-19 testing.

    With the new measures, no spectators will be allowed.

    READ: Football: More than 250 fans allowed to participate in Singapore Premier League games starting this weekend

    “The return of spectators to SPL matches in recent weeks was an enthralling scene, but the wellbeing of the football fraternity and the wider general public will always be our top priority and we encourage everyone to follow the prevailing safe management measures” on Tuesday. FAS said.

    The current season of SPL began behind closed doors in March, with only eight teams competing.

    Brunei DPMM, who were league champions two seasons ago, withdrew from this year’s edition of the league due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

    The previous season, which was suspended in mid-March 2020 and resumed in mid-October, saw DPMM sit out due to similar issues.

    The domestic season will run until October. It includes the 2021 Singapore Cup, scheduled to begin in September.

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