The decision was taken at the K-League's emergency board meeting in view of the increasing cases of Kovid-19.
K-League issued a statement saying – health and safety of citizens and players is the most important
Dainik BhaskarFeb 24, 2020, 02:29 PM IST Sports Desk. South Korea's K-League canceled a new football season on Monday in view of growing cases of coronaviruses. The K-League operates professional football in the country. The league issued a statement after the emergency board meeting saying – Coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in the country. As a precaution, we have decided to temporarily cancel the new football season in the country. Safety and health of citizens and sportspersons is most important to us. Coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the country. So, we have taken this decision. The K-League had 12 teams to participate in this season and the matches were scheduled to begin later this week.
Officials have so far confirmed 763 cases of Kovid-19 in South Korea, most of them linked to a controversial religious sect Shinchonji. Out of the 7 deaths so far, five patients were admitted to the same hospital. The northern city of Daegu is most affected by the coronavirus. Due to this, the Daegu FC club has already been postponed.
Korean Super League began in 1983
The K-League operates professional football in the country. It was founded in 1983 under the name Korean Super League. Five clubs were then part of it. They are named Halleluja FC, UCong Elephants, Posco Dolphins, Daewoo Royals and Kookmin Bank FC. The first Super League title was won by Halleluja FC Club. It was restructured in 1998 and got the K-League name and 16 clubs were part of it instead of five. Initially the five clubs that were part of the Super League were reduced to three.
The Division System debuted in the K-League in 2013
In 2013 the division system debuted in the K-League. The first K-League Classic then started as the Second Division K-League Challenge. However, controversy erupted over having similar names. In view of this, the first division was named K-League 1 and the second K-League 2 in the 2018 season.