Uncertainty in Sweden: clubs now fear their disappearance
The Swedish league doesn't have the economic muscle of other leagues, such as the Premier League or Bundesliga. Players are already suffering cuts and fear that these will be prolonged and even the season cancelled altogether.
"The effects of the coronavirus have hit us so hard that we fear for our future existence," Helsingborgs President Krioster Azelius told the Associated Press. June is estimated as the return date, but the forecasts in Sweden are not optimistic.
AIK Solna, IFK Göteborg, Östersund, Orebro SK, Häcken, Kalmar and IFK Norrköping have had to release their employees with holidays. Players and coaches at Elfsborg have accepted salary cuts. Malmö have made redundancies, 'AP' says.
And that is the case with Djurgardens, the reigning champions but they don't know if they will be able to take part in the Champions League qualifying rounds.
The latest COVID-19 data in Sweden is 6558 people infected and 391 dead.