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How coronavirus will affect football as we know it

Major football competitions across Europe and worldwide have been on suspension since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Football enthusiasts have been waiting earnestly to see if football makes a return as a cure for the virus is being sought for. The Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Portuguese League, the Bundesliga amongst others were suspended due to the pandemic, and fans have been starved of quality football action since then.  The likes of the French Ligue 1 and the Dutch Eredivisie have already been brought to an abrupt end with plans being put in place for the commencement of a new season. However, one major good news is that the Bundesliga will be returning to action on May 16. This will provide major respite for fans who want to see some action. READ: Totte...
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Voiding the Premier League – It’s Liverpool against the rest

The winner of the 2019/20 Premier League title was as good as decided several weeks back with the team in the lead just needing a few wins to seal the title. It was arguably over because it would have taken a crazy capitulation by leaders Liverpool and a mad run of form for second-placed Manchester City to topple them on the log. However, fast-forward to the present and Liverpool's long-awaited domestic triumph after almost three decades now hangs in the balance due to the coronavirus pandemic, with calls from various quarters being made for the season to be canceled. Funny enough, this is transpiring in a season where the Reds have been nothing short of legendary and exceptional. They currently sit at the top of the league table with a whopping 82 points from 29 games. It's preci...

PFA says players must share financial burden during coronavirus pandemic

The Professional Footballers' Association agrees that players must share the financial burden during the coronavirus pandemic. This is the case after Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged Premier League stars to take a pay cut. Premier League and League Two clubs have already placed non-playing staff on furlough leave under the coronavirus job retention scheme of the government. However, there is increased pressure on players to accept wage cuts or deferrals. The players' union disclosed in a statement: “We fully accept that players will have to be flexible and share the financial burden of the COVID-19 outbreak to secure the long-term future of their club and indeed the wider game. “Our advice going out to players at this point reflects that expectation.” Meanwhile, Bournemouth ...

Premier League and EFL talks on season resumption and player wages to continue

The Premier League and the EFL have released a joint statement along with the League Managers Association (LMA) and PFA after proceedings of a meeting held earlier today regarding the challenges faced by the game due to the coronavirus pandemic. The statement reiterated that top-flight and EFL football will not resume until it is safe and appropriate. The update also pointed out that in line with discussions on when the season would resume, other high profile matters like player wages will continue to be discussed in the next 48 hours. READ: Neymar net worth – How much is the Brazilian worth in 2020? Top-flight players have been urged to agree to a wage cut whilst the COVID-19 pandemic is being dealt with. The statement read: “Senior representatives from the Professional Footba...
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Bundesliga clubs pledge cash to revenue-strapped clubs

Four German clubs have pledged 20 million euros as support to other teams that are struggling after football games in the country were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The four Bundesliga clubs namely; Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, and Bayern Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros in yet to be distributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros from their own coffers. It must be noted that all four clubs are making extra income from their participation in this season's UEFA Champions League. The distribution of the money will be decided by the German Football League, the overseers of the top two football divisions in Germany. The league recently revealed fears that many clubs could collapse financially if games can't resume. “In these difficult times...

Kolarov – Italians didn’t understand the severity of coronavirus at first

Serie A players are taking part in personalized training sessions at home amid balanced nutrition in a bid to stay in shape as the coronavirus crisis persists. This was made known by AS Roma's Aleksandar Kolarov. "All of the players have an individual plan and we talk on a daily basis with our sporting staff", the Serbian international told Sportklub "They brought us a home bike and some things to eat so we didn't have to leave the house. I just left my home twice, we are scheduled to resume training on Sunday but I doubt it happens" READ: Former BVB physio reveals what it was like, working under an egocentric Klopp Kolarov went on: "Football isn't a priority at the moment, I don't see how we can start again in May and end by June 30th. Although I would like to go back to playi...

Coronavirus pandemic: Man United cancel training for all players

Manchester United have canceled training for all age groups and the decision was taken on Tuesday following government advice on the Coronavirus pandemic. United players had been traveling to the Aon Training Complex in Carrington over the last few days despite the suspension of the Premier League season. However, in line with the new government measures advising everyone to work from home if they can, the training ground was closed on Tuesday. READ: Mason Mount apologizes to Lampard after breaking self-isolation orders A club statement to the effect read: "In light of governmental advice and the evolving situation, the team are not returning to training" The club will constantly review the policy although the coronavirus outbreak makes way for an indefinite postponement.

Coronavirus – Juve players and staff to undergo tests in coming days

Since Daniele Rugani's positive test for the Coronavirus, 121 individuals including Juventus players, managers, staff members, employees, and companions have been undergoing a period of voluntary home isolation in compliance with directives of the healthcare authorities. READ: Four clubs meet Birmingham’s asking price for Bellingham Many are doing it in their homes, some at the J Hotel where an exclusive wing has been reserved for protagonists of the first team. Meanwhile, the next step is set to begin. According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via goal.com), in the coming days, players will be subjected to tests concerning the COVID-19 as the virus has an incubation period of 5 to 8 days. The tests will be carried out at home while the results will take up to 24 hours. Presently, sympto...

Emergency Premier League meeting to hold amid coronavirus fears

The Premier League will hold an emergency meeting on Friday as Arsenal and Chelsea first-team squads have gone into self-isolation after Gunners manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus. The weekend's Premier League fixtures are now uncertain as Arsenal's trip to Brighton has already been postponed with other games likely to follow suit in the coming hours. READ: PSG player reveals why they mocked Haaland’s celebration pose It remains to be seen if the Premier League will follow the NBA by suspending the ongoing season. The NBA announced that the league will be halted for a minimum of 30 days. Three players at Leicester and one at Manchester City are already in self-isolation. Although the Premier League announced on Thursday th...

Real Madrid players asked to self-isolate as La Liga is suspended

Real Madrid's football players have been quarantined after a member of the club's basketball team, who they share a training ground with contracted the coronavirus. Although the football and the basketball teams operate in different buildings, the decision to send all players home to self-isolate for 15 days has been made. La Liga has also responded by suspending its next two matchdays. The Los Blancos were set to face Manchester City at the Etihad in the second leg of their round of 16 clash on Tuesday but it's possible that the game could be postponed. "Real Madrid C. F. announces that a member of our basketball first team has tested positive for coronavirus," a club statement said. "The recommendation of remaining in quarantine has been followed with immediate effect, with this...