Fans of the Danish Superliga side AGF Aarhus were able to watch their team play Randers from a ‘virtual stand’ they connected to using Zoom videoconferencing software.
As the season restarts following a break to prevent the spread of COVID-19, supporters are unable to attend matches in the country due to continuing health concerns.
Several giant screens were set up along one side of Ceres Park in Aarhus and filled with the images of locals connecting from home.
The virtual attendees looked relaxed as they could be heard cheering on the home team to a stoppage-time equaliser in the 1-1 draw on Thursday.
📸 What. A. Photo.
As Sir Alex Ferguson would say, "Football, bloody hell!" pic.twitter.com/JLYwXx15O2
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Two smaller screens for neutrals and away fans are set also be added and AGF’s head of media, Soren Carlsen is reported as saying:
I’ve never been so busy before a game, which is funny when there are no spectators.
My colleagues, to put it bluntly, have been working their arses off to get everything working.
🏟 “We tried to make it feel like being at the stadium.”
😂 “It was fun! I forgot I wasn’t at the stadium & I just started cheering.”
This @AGFFodbold fan tells us what it was like to watch his club on Zoom
Would you want this in the Premier League? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/FbQ3BUkXjM
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) May 30, 2020