Chile soccer season referred to as off early amid protests

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The soccer federation in Chile has introduced it’s to cancel the remainder of the season on account of safety considerations following weeks of anti-government protests.

All matches had been suspended when the violence started six weeks in the past.


The six remaining fixtures have all been cancelled and no groups might be relegated or promoted.

Universidad Católica, who had been main the championship by 13 factors, have been declared the champions.

Their opponents have agreed to desert the remainder of the season and provides Universidad Católica a 14th league title.

The World Rally Championship motor race Rally Chile has additionally been cancelled because of the unrest.

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Media captionChile protests proceed into second month

It was scheduled to happen in April, the month wherein the federal government has agreed to carry a referendum on a change to the nation’s structure.

What are the protests about?

The protests had been triggered by an announcement that public transport fares would rise within the capital, Santiago.

Demonstrations shortly unfold throughout the nation and grew right into a common revolt in opposition to inequality, the excessive value of well being care and poor funding for schooling.

Harsh repression by the safety forces additional stoked the anger of these protesting as did the response by President Sebastián Piñera, who declared a state of emergency and stated the nation was “at conflict”.

At the very least 26 individuals have been killed and tons of injured within the unrest.

Two weeks in the past, President Piñera agreed to a referendum asking Chileans whether or not they wish to introduce modifications to the structure.

The present structure got here into drive in 1980 when the nation was nonetheless below army rule.