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Zenit fans chant ‘we’re all going to die’ during game amid coronavirus outbreak

2019/2020 Russian Premier League: Zenit St Petersburg vs Ural Yekaterinburg

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - MARCH 14, 2020: Zenit St Petersburg’s fans cheer in the 2019/20 Russian Football Premier League Round 22 football match between Zenit St Petersburg and Ural Yekaterinburg at Gazprom Arena. Peter Kovalev/TASS (Photo by Peter KovalevTASS via Getty Images)

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There is still top-flight soccer being played in Russia, and some of Zenit St. Petersburg supporters were filmed chanting an alarming message on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

During Zenit’s 7-1 thumping of FC Ural at a jam-packed Grazprom Arena, fans of the Russian giants were collectively chanting “we’re all going to die.” The same supporters group also held up a banner that read: “We are all infected with football and will die for Zenit.”

There are a reported 59 confirmed cases of coronavirus(COVID-19) in Russia, with five cases in St. Petersburg. A ban effective on Monday will limit public events to 1,000 people in St. Petersburg, making Saturday’s bout the last with an unrestricted attendance for the foreseeable future.

After 22 matchweeks, Zenit tops the Russian Premier League with 50 points, nine more than second best FC Krasnodar, who are expected to play with fans on Sunday against Sochi.

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