Liberia suspends football due to Ebola

Liberia

Authorities in Liberia have suspended all football activities in the country following the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. 

The Football Association said in a statement on Wednesday that the domestic leagues of all levels of competition have been put off until further notice.

Football is the most popular sport in the country and officials say the decision is to prevent the gathering of huge crowds across the West African country.

Local clubs have been ordered to dismiss their players and staff with immediate effect.

Later on Wednesday, the Liberia ministry of education announced the closure of all primary, secondary and tertiary schools in the country to prevent the spread of the virus.

More than 600 people have been killed by the virus in Guinea, where it first broke out, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

There is no known cure or prevention for the virus.