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By Brian Homewood

BERN (Reuters) - European football will continue its cautious return to play following the COVID-19 stoppage over the next week as a number of the continent's smaller leagues restart with some novelties and one team in serious trouble for breaking coronavirus rules.

Portugal, Denmark, Poland, Serbia, Austria, Croatia and Ukraine are among the countries which will again be able to enjoy league football, albeit in unusual circumstances with no spectators allowed at games.

They join Hungary, Czech Republic, Estonia and the Faroe Islands where play has already restarted. So far, Germany's Bundesliga is the only one of the big five leagues to have resumed.

The leagues, who have been exchanging information, will use similar health precautions which include regular testing of players, a limit of around 300 people allowed in the stadium and bans on pre-match handshakes, mascots and team photographs.

However, leagues are taking different approaches to the dilemma of livening up empty stadiums with Denmark so far the most creative.

The Superliga is due to restart on Thursday night with third-placed AGF Aarhus hosting Randers in front of a "virtual grandstand" of screens which will transmit images of watching fans via the digital platform Zoom.

Meanwhile, leaders Midtjylland, who host Horsens on Monday, will set up a drive-in cinema with space for 2,000 cars outside their MCH Arena.

Portugal, where there are 10 rounds of matches to play, will offer its fans a feast of summer football when it returns from June 3 with leaders Porto away to Famalicao and second-placed Benfica at home to Tondela the following day.

To televise as many games as possible, each round of matches will be played over four to six days with one rest day in between.

Some teams will not be able to play at home as the government's DGS health directorate has judged that their stadiums are not suitable for the strict health measures which have to be put in place.

While conditions may be unusual, the championship itself has an all-too-familiar feel, having turned into a two-horse race between Porto and Benfica who are separated by one point.

The biggest setback so far has been in Austria where league leaders LSK Linz are facing a possible points deduction after they admitted to breaking coronavirus rules by prematurely resuming full training sessions.

Linz have a three-point lead and the eventual sanction, due to be announced in the next few days, could have a significant impact on whether they can deny second-placed Salzburg a seventh successive title.

Poland's Ekstraklasa, with 11 rounds of matches to play, restarts on Friday with two matches while leaders Legia Warsawa visit Lech Poznan on Saturday. Serbia's SuperLig also restarts on Friday.

The Ukraine Premier League gets under way with three matches on Saturday. The following day, leaders Shakhtar Donetsk face third-placed Dynamo Kiev, while Croatia's First League restarts on May 5.

(Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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1 Liverpool LIV 89 33 29 2 2 72 25 +47 89
2 Manchester City MAC 66 33 21 3 9 81 34 +47 66
3 Leicester City LEI 58 33 17 7 9 63 31 +32 58
4 Chelsea CHE 57 33 17 6 10 60 44 +16 57
5 Manchester United MUN 55 33 15 10 8 56 33 +23 55
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 52 33 13 13 7 45 36 +9 52
7 Arsenal ARS 49 33 12 13 8 49 41 +8 49
8 Tottenham Hotspur TOT 48 33 13 9 11 52 44 +8 48
9 Sheffield United SHE 48 33 12 12 9 34 33 +1 48
10 Burnley BUR 46 33 13 7 13 37 46 -9 46
11 Everton EVE 44 33 12 8 13 40 48 -8 44
12 Newcastle United NEW 43 33 11 10 12 35 45 -10 43
13 Southampton SOU 43 33 13 4 16 42 55 -13 43
14 Crystal Palace CRY 42 33 11 9 13 28 40 -12 42
15 Brighton & Hove Albion BRI 36 33 8 12 13 35 44 -9 36
16 West Ham United WES 31 33 8 7 18 40 58 -18 31
17 Watford WAT 28 33 6 10 17 29 52 -23 28
18 Aston Villa AST 27 33 7 6 20 36 62 -26 27
19 AFC Bournemouth BOU 27 33 7 6 20 32 59 -27 27
20 Norwich City NOR 21 33 5 6 22 25 61 -36 21
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