​The Chilean football federation has declared that the rest of the football season is to be cancelled as a result of anti-government protests and safety concerns.

The protests and violence began six weeks ago, meaning matches were temporarily suspended. However, the football federation has now decided to end the season completely with six games left, and as a result, no-one will be relegated or promoted.

​BBC News also states that Universidad Católica, who were top of the table by 13 points, have been declared the champions. Their nearest challengers all agreed to abandon the season and allow Universidad Católica to pick up a deserved 14th league title.

Football isn't the only sport to be affected though, with the World Rally Championship motor race Rally Chile also having to be cancelled.

The event was set to take place in April, which is also the same month in which the government agreed to hold a referendum to change the constitution of the country - something that has been in place since 1980 when the country was under military rule.

The unrest and protests stemmed from a government announcement that public transport fares would rise in the capital, Santiago. Protests then began to spread around the whole of Chile, and it became a general stand against the government. This included revolts against inequality, the high price of health care and poor funding for education.

Anger from the people of Chile rose even further following comments from President Sebastián Piñera, who declared a state of emergency and said the country was "at war".

At least 26 people have been killed while hundreds more have been injured.

Football is Chile's most popular sport, with a number of the country's biggest stars plying their trade in Europe, including Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo. They will all be concerned about the developing situation back home