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Games continue in Belarusian Premier League


Fans of FC Minsk support their team during the Belarus Championship foolball match between FC Minsk and FC Dinamo-Minsk in Minsk, on March 28, 2020. - In stark contrast to leagues elsewhere on the European continent, the Belarus championship continues. (Photo by Sergei GAPON / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI GAPON/AFP via Getty Images)

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The Belarusian Premier League is pretty much out on its own when it comes to sports leagues across the world.

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Games in the top-flight of the Eastern European nation have continued despite the coronavirus pandemic causing devastation across the world.

Belarus is the only nation in Europe where soccer games are going ahead and at the weekend the Minsk derby between FC Minsk and Dinamo Minsk drew a crowd of over 3,000.

So far there have been less than 100 reported cases of coronavirus in Belarus and zero deaths but soccer authorities are still providing special precautions for the games to be played.

The Belarus Football Federation have secured TV deals from 10 countries due to games still being played, with channels in India, Russia and Israel picking up the games and fans across the world choosing teams in Belarus to support over the next few weeks.

Seemingly to give the Belarusian Premier League as much exposure as possible, all nine games this weekend are spread out across individual time slots from Friday to Sunday so you can watch them all.

Just in case you fancy watching some sport this weekend, here’s the schedule for the third matchweek of the 2020 Belarusian Premier League season. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d be typing.

Belarusian Premier League

Belshina v. Gorodeya - Friday, 10 a.m. ET
Dinamo Minsk v. Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino - Friday, 12 p.m. ET
Shakhtyor v. Neman - Saturday, 8:30 a.m. ET
BATE v. Ruh Brest - Saturday, 10 a.m. ET
Dinamo Brest v. Slavia-Mozyr - Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET
Energetik-BGU v. Minsk - Sunday, 7 a.m. ET
Vitebsk v. Smolevichi-STI - Sunday, 9 a.m. ET
Isloch v. Slutsk - Sunday, 11 a.m. ET

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