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Round-Up: Chinese sponsors exit English football deals, Seoul shuts out fans again, Uighur group calls for Beijing 2022 rethink, and more

Suwon Samsung Bluewings' Yeom Ki-hun (R) fights for the ball with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors' Lee Yong (L) during the opening game of South Korea's K-League football match at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju on May 8, 2020. - The towering stands of the 42,477-capacity Jeonju World Cup Stadium stood empty on May 8 as South Korea opened football's post-coronavirus era without fans, but with an unprecedented international TV audience. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese company LD Sports is to walk away from its £7.5m ($9.8m/€8.3m)-per-year shirt sponsorship deal with English Premier League team Southampton two years early, according to UK newspaper the Daily Mail. The move is said to have been influenced by increased political tensions between China and the UK and the Covid-19 economic downturn. The newspaper reported that one other Premier League team is facing losing a Chinese sponsor this season, as is Championship team Blackburn Rovers. LD Sports is reported to be using a break clause in its Southampton deal and the team is already looking for a new sponsor - Daily Mail

Sports teams in Seoul are shutting stadiums to fans again, less than a month after opening them up, due to a rising number of Covid-19 cases - Yonhap

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