What They're Saying: Viktor Samoilenko

“We didn’t expect them to have a decent league over there. We didn’t know this before because we didn’t show the matches.”

-- Viktor Samoilenko, head of Poverkhnost Ukraine, which produces Sport-1 and began picking up Belarusian Premier League games late last year -- prior to the current pandemic -- because many Ukrainians play in Belarus. The decision to carry on and allow fans into stadiums has helped the Belarus federation get broadcasting deals with sports networks in 10 countries, including Russia, Israel and India, where fans have been left with nothing to watch. (Reuters)
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