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J.League shelves planned fan increase amid virus spike

Andres Iniesta of Vissel Kobe takes a corner kick. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

The Japanese J.League has postponed a planned increase in the number of spectators allowed into games due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in the country.

The league was going to increase the number of fans from 5,000 to 50 per cent of stadium capacity, but will now continue with the current limit until August 10. It will also bar away fans and keep in place a temporary ban on alcohol sales at stadiums.

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