RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Just hours before kickoff, Volta Redonda soccer club discovered three of its players had the coronavirus. The three were isolated.
There was no option of canceling their match on Sunday, however, even though their opponent Fluminense wanted to abandon it.
Fluminense president Mário Bittencourt said on social media it was the first time he was upset to watch his team play.
The latest round of the Rio de Janeiro state league played out on Sunday to more protests from clubs and footballers alarmed at having to fulfil fixtures against their will amid a COVID-19 crisis that is killing hundreds of Brazilians daily and has yet to reach its peak.