Football

Photos: How football looks in the coronavirus era

The new normal?Image credit: Getty Images

Football is back… although not quite as we know it.

The Bundesliga returned on Saturday to much fanfare with Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig among the teams in action.

However, it had an unfamiliar feel without any boisterous supporters to urge the players on.

Despite the players moving freely around the pitch, some managers wore masks and the substitutes were spread out. Even the coin toss ceremony saw the captains steer clear of each other – all slightly pointless given the close-combat nature of football.

Here we take a glance at some of the more unusual moments…

1. Warm-up in masks

RB Leipzig squad wear masks during warm-up Image credit: Getty Images

2. Quick wipe of the match ball

The match ball is disinfected Image credit: Getty Images

3. Out come the players (without fans)

Borussia Dortmund’s empty stadium Image credit: Getty Images

4. Masked-up managers and staff

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre (L) and assistant coach Manfred Stefes (R) look on Image credit: Getty Images

5. Substitutes kept apart

Subs socially distancing Image credit: Getty Images

6. Medical staff keep distance

Augsburg’s Croatian defender Tin Jedvaj (L) receives medical attention Image credit: Getty Images

7. The new normal for celebrations?

Haaland’s social distancing celebration Image credit: Getty Images

8. Thanking the ‘fans’

Borussia Dortmund celebrate 4-0 win over Schalke Image credit: Getty Images