Zoom Room: Danish league starts with online fans

Players vie for the ball as fans are streamed live on to the screens on the sidelines during a match in Denmark. Getty Images

As professional football returned to Denmark, fans used Zoom to be part of the action for a Superliga match.

Thousands of Danish soccer fans logged into the conferencing software Thursday evening and were transported into the Ceres Park stadium for a league game between AGF Aarhus and Randers that heralded the resumption of the country’s pandemic-affected season.

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While the stadium itself was without fans, the faces of thousands of supporters who joined the Zoom call were shown on giant screens that ran along one side of the field.

Families wearing club shirts and scarves cheered inside their living rooms. Some were seen clenching their fists in joy after Simon Piesinger scored with a chip from 40 metres out to put visiting Randers ahead in the 36th minute. The match finished in a 1-1 draw.

Crowd noise was piped in for the match and there were cardboard “spectators” in place in the stands.

Games are being played without spectators in Denmark, like in other countries, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Danish Superliga has been suspended since the middle of May, with the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga all announcing plans to return to action in June.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.


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