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Brazilian soccer stars wear face masks in protest before match

March 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Soccer stars in Brazil wore face masks in protest of having to play a match while the South American country battles with the novel coronavirus outbreak.

(CNN)Soccer stars in Brazil wore face masks in protest of having to play a match while the South American country battles with the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Players for Braziian club Gremio took to the pitch wearing masks ahead of their behind-closed-doors state championship tie against Sao Luiz on Sunday.

Led out by boss Renato Portaluppi, the starting eleven lined up for the team photo wearing the white masks before taking them off for the match they eventually won 3-2 in the Gremio Arena.

After the match, Portaluppi urged the country's authorities to consider the safety of those working in the game.

So the fans are protected and screw those who work in football," he said, according to Reuters.

That's our message and I hope they listen.

We hope that good sense will prevail. "

Unlike most of European soccer, games in Brazil were still going ahead this weekend in front of empty stadiums.

However, after the match, the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) said it was suspending all nationwide competitions, while individual federations would have the final decision on state championship matches.

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