To help football fans spend an exciting weekend, the domestic football league carried out an online event involving eight representatives of its teams engaging in a tournament of "FIFA Online 4," an online multiplayer soccer game, on Sunday through Afreeca TV, a local video-sharing social media. The identity of players had been kept under the veil until the end of the tournament.
A day later, K-League identified Jeon Jong-hyuk, a goalkeeper at Seongnam Football Club, as the winner. The runnerup was Gyeongnam Football Club's center-back Lee Hyung-seok.
The killing-time event has brought positive feedback from fans. "I love this! It was fun to watch actual players play a game of football online," Char, a user from South Korean online community "Clien" said. Another user nicknamed Dream of Blue Sky said: "I am grateful that K-League is actually trying to do something for fans."
K-League had 1.58 million active fans who visited stadiums in 2019. The 12-team 2020 season was put off in late February. Asian Champions League games in South Korea in March were also postponed.
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