The Viral Game: The Global Football Community’s Response to Epidemics and Pandemics in the Twenty-First Century
By Patrick H. Salkeld, Independent Scholar
The twenty-first century has seen health crises related to SARS, Swine Flu, Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19. Nations cooperated with supranational groups when deciding what to do with football operations in these crises except during the COVID-19 pandemic when the “Ostrich Alliance” viewed it as interference with their sovereignty.
Key words: pandemics, football (soccer), SARS, COVID-19, Ebola, FIFA World Cup, Zika, 2016 Rio Olympics, Swine Flu, 2015 African Cup of Nations.
Edited by Birgit Schneider.
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