Dozens of coronavirus deaths in the UK may be due to a Champions League game between Liverpool FC and Atlético Madrid on March 11, according to a study. The data analysis company Edge Health estimates that 41 deaths are associated with the football game, the Sunday Times newspaper reported on Sunday. These deaths occurred between 25 and 35 days after the game in and around Liverpool hospitals.
The round of 16 second leg of the Champions League was held in front of 52,000 stadium visitors. Around 3000 Spanish fans came for it.
It was the last major football game to take place in Great Britain before general corona restrictions were imposed. According to estimates by Imperial College London and Oxford University, Spain had 640,000 cases of coronavirus infection by then, and the United Kingdom 100,000.
Corona spread: another Champions League game under suspicion
The Mayor of Liverpool’s urban area, Steve Rotheram, had already asked in April for an investigation into why the game could still take place in front of spectators in the stadium. If people had caught a sporting event that shouldn’t have happened, it would be “scandalous,” he told BBC.
Another Champions League game is suspected of being responsible for the spread of the corona virus. On February 19, the first knockout round match between Atalanta Bergamo and Valencia CF took place in front of crowded stadium ranks. The Italian region of Lombardy, whose capital is Milan, subsequently became the region worst hit by the pandemic in Italy.