An Australian team was almost crazy because the Covid-19 made the football world almost paralyzed, until they discovered that Belarusian football was still competing.
Everything starts on a March day. Shane Robinson, 28-year-old, in Adelaide, talks with a friend about getting bored when the home, Adelaide United, and the Australian competition – like other tournaments in the world – must be closed for the raging of the Covid-19.
With the English Premier League and Serie A also frozen, the remaining selection of course became increasingly meager. Then a friend of Robinson discovered that some professional demands are still happening. And they’re in Belarus.
Although the social spacing law applies, Robinson is still calling 25 friends to organize football. And they earned a Belarusian Premier League match to enjoy them through the screen. A person then realized they could livestream the opening match S.F. C Slutsk-Slavia Mozyr via a betting site.
Then on the last Sunday in March, they turned on the screen to watch. And they can’t believe what they see.
“Strange,” Robinson says on New York Times On Slutsk’s 3-1 win with five penalties being blown in the battle. “I’ve never seen any matches like that. Then we thought: these things can’t happen every week. But nothing’s impossible. “
After his holiday work, Robinson spent the second day after Slutsk’s win to create a group on Facebook to encourage Australians to track their team’s matches during the suspended domestic league. Initially he was only hoping for FC Slutsk Worldwide-he accidentally translated the CLUB name-attracted 100 members, but gradually Robinson discovered the call to Australian Australians in the group accidentally “poke the itch”.
“By Friday we had over 1,000 members,” he shared.
When Slutsk kicked off the second battle with Dynamo Brest, hundreds of Australian CBS had gathered and tracked online. Slutsk’s English-speaking STAFF also quickly discovered the group. This is through the Internet, with chat platform Zoom, livestream and the desire to enjoy sports, all made a team of Belarus depleted with the STADIUM only 2,000 seats are experiencing economic crisis become a phenomenon all over the world.
Originating in Australia, then New Zealand and Indonesia, this Facebook group quickly attracted attention throughout Europe, North America, South America and even Africa. A British CĐMAN revised the St. George flag with the slogan “Slutsk to Death”. In Burkina Faso, Abraham Golghota, who was 30 years old, proved extremely excited when he finally found a place to discuss the three Burkina Faso talents in the Slutsk squad.
“The Slutsk group randomly appeared and I was immediately attracted to the name,” said John Malone, 40, Scottish, “and I watched them play four or five matches while waiting for the Scottish League to open again. It’s fun to chat with fans all over the world. “
Then, Robinson, the founder of the group, talked to the CLUB itself.
“After the second round, we realized that we should do something with this wave of enthusiasm,” Vitali Bunos, chairman of Slutsk CLUB. “Otherwise, we will lose them”.
The team formed a small group and appointed Yahor Khavanski, a pen specializing in football, to bridge between the CLUB and the group. During that time, representatives began to open their hearts with Robinson over the team’s financial crisis. “Someone claimed that they were shortages and weren’t sure the CLUB could go to the end of the season,” Robinson recalls. “So we started to find a way to help them”.
At first, the team of teams and CLUBS deal with the sale of team items to the CLUB, but the threatsA Covid-19 made plans to pour the tank. When the CLUB establishes a fundraiser, the technical issues in currency conversion have plagued fans from making the donation process.
Finally, Robinson raised money on the GoFundMe platform in hopes of calling 25,000 USD to pay for the signs around the team’s STADIUM.
Today, the team has built a small fraction of the intended amount. But more than expected, Robinson said, he hopes to suck the globe that the team is going to cause investors to keep their eyes and hands on the rescue. Recently, a betting company paid a large amount of tables around the STADIUM of Slutsk after one of the communications directors accidentally encountered the group on Facebook.
The previous month, ahead of a team home game, Robinson and Slutsk all over the world – the Facebook community group with over 6,500 members – announced that they won’t need to pay for donor signs around the yard. “They just said that ‘ tomorrow you remember to follow the match. We have a surprise for you ‘ “, Robinson tells.
When they entered the tournament, the league then put a few demands on the YouTube platform after the tsunami, Robinson and the others saw an Australian flag hanging on the fence. The flag was included in the inscription named “S.F.C. Slutsk Worldwide” as a tribute to those precious people in the distant regions who stood to save the CLUB from the scene of the captivity.
And when the Covid-19 passes, the other Belarusian CLUB will continue to live, by a strange aid from the thousands of kilometers away. And the other Australian CBS, in addition to the Adelaide United team, will begin to nurture love for a new club.
Thuy Tien (According to NY Times)