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.
¡#CatólicaBicampeón! — Universidad Católica (@CruzadosSADP) November 29, 2019
Nos hubiese gustado otro final, pero no empaña el trabajo de todo un año que hizo posible este logro con el apoyo de todos #LosCruzados y #LasCruzadas
53 pts./74% de rendimiento
13 puntos de ventaja (mayor diferencia desde que entregan 3 puntos) pic.twitter.com/mw23JEOJ0b
BBC News also states that
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.
Rally Chile's place on the 2020 WRC calendar is under threat following recent social unrest in the countryhttps://t.co/Uk6KW8KtTU— Autosport (@autosport) November 28, 2019
The unrest and protests stemmed from a government announcement that public transport fares would rise in the capital, Santiago.
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