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Coronavirus: Gremio players wear masks in protest at having to play Brazilian football match - in pictures

The players, led by manager Renato Portaluppi, walked out of the tunnel to play Sao Luiz and lined up before the game wearing white masks over their faces

Players from Brazilian club Gremio took to the field wearing masks on Sunday in protest at having to play a match as fears over coronavirus grow in the South American nation.

The players, led by manager Renato Portaluppi, walked out of the tunnel to play Sao Luiz and lined up before the game wearing white masks over their faces.

"This protest by the players to take the field wearing masks makes implicit our support for the championship to be halted," Paulo Luz, Gremio's director of football, said in quotes reported by Brazilian website UOL. "Life must take precedence."

No spectators were allowed into the Gremio Arena for the Gaucho state championship match.

You can see a selection of images from the match in the photo gallery above.

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Updated: March 15, 2020 07:53 PM