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Fulham Striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Fulham Striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Premier side, Fulham have confirmed striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has tested positive for coronavirus. Fulham said he brief statement that Serbian international's absence in the team's 2-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday night was due to a positive Coronavirus test. This means, the club will be without the Serbian striker for their next two league games against Burnley on Wednesday and their home clash against bottom club Sheffield United on Saturday as they continue to battle out of the relegation zone. In July 2018,  Mitrovic joined Fulham in a five-year contract after a successful loan spell from Newcastle United
EPL: Chelsea Told to Sign Haaland Ahead of Man Utd
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EPL: Chelsea Told to Sign Haaland Ahead of Man Utd

  Former Arsenal midfielder, Paul Merson, has told Chelsea to make a move for Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland. Haaland had drawn the interests of Chelsea, Man United and other top European clubs in the past, but Merson believes Chelsea need the 20-year-old more. Speaking with the Daily Star, Merson said, “Of all the teams who are in for Erling Haaland, Chelsea are the ones who need him most. “They have always been successful with someone who has a presence up front, and Haaland has that. He’s going to score bundles wherever he goes. “And if you buy him this summer, you still have the prospect of being able to sell him for a profit later down the line because of his age. I am not sure he’s such a good fit for Manchester City, where he probably wouldn’t play...
Real Madrid vs Getafe: We Can Still Win the League – Zidane Speaks After 2-0 Win
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Real Madrid vs Getafe: We Can Still Win the League – Zidane Speaks After 2-0 Win

Real Madrid’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, has insisted that they could still win the league, following their 2-0 win over Getafe on Tuesday night. Karim Benzema and Mendy scored for Los Blancos in the second half of the match to ensure they got maximum points. The result moved Zidane’s men to within five points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. But Real have played two more fixtures than their rivals. “Today we did this because we had to adapt to the situation with lots of absences. We interpreted the match very well and I’m happy for the players, because that’s not easy. We were really good, especially defensively. “I don’t think there are Madridistas who think we can’t win the league. It’s the opposite, they always think we can change things, that’s what we’ll try to do. ...
Richmond Boakye: Polish club Gornik Zabrze secure services of Ghana striker
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Richmond Boakye: Polish club Gornik Zabrze secure services of Ghana striker

The 14-time league champions have acquired the 28-year-old in a half-season deal Ghana international Richmond Boakye-Yiadom has joined Polish side Gornik Zabrze, the club has announced. The striker joins the The Miners as a free agent on a short-term deal which lasts until the end of the season. Gornik are 14-time Polish champions, a record jointly held with Wisla Krakow and Legia Warsaw.
Ex-EPL Referee, Walton Reveals why VAR Did not Punish Martinez For Foul on Lacazette
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Ex-EPL Referee, Walton Reveals why VAR Did not Punish Martinez For Foul on Lacazette

Former Premier League referee, Peter Walton, has said the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) did not punish Emi Martinez after he appeared to haul down his former Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette, because it is not VAR’s job to interfere in “subjective” incidents. The Gunners suffered a second consecutive loss in the league on Saturday, following a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa. Mikel Arteta was furious at full time over the performance of the match officials, who he confronted at the final whistle. Arteta was especially annoyed by Chris Kavanagh’s decision not to send off Ezri Konsa in the first-half, after he felled Bukayo Saka with the Arsenal winger preparing to break through on goal. Arsenal was also denied a spot kick in the second half, when Martinez grabbed Lacazette...
Huesca vs Real Madrid: Let us fight – Zidane Clashes with Reporters
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Huesca vs Real Madrid: Let us fight – Zidane Clashes with Reporters

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane,has clashed with reporters ahead of their LaLiga game at Huesca, demanding for respect. On Friday, Zidane said journalists should “tell me to my face that you want me to go”. The Frenchman had missed Real’s last two games while recovering from COVID-19. A 2-1 defeat to Levante last weekend saw Los Blancos fall 10 points behind leaders, Atletico Madrid in the title race. They were also eliminated from both the Spanish Supercopa and Copa del Rey last month. “Are you serious? Everyday I’m out, and you know it,” Zidane said when asked if he was being defensive of his position and his team. “Last year we won the league. We did. Real Madrid. “Next year they will have to do things, make changes maybe. But this year we have the right to...
Nigeria Women’s Premier League gets February 10 as return date from coronavirus halt
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Nigeria Women’s Premier League gets February 10 as return date from coronavirus halt

Teams will return to action next week as the league board approval to return to the pitch following over a one month suspension Nigeria Women's Premier League clubs have received February 10 as the date the domestic competition is set to return from its coronavirus suspension. The NWPL organisers, Nigeria Women's Football League, announced on Monday evening the new resumption date since the suspension of the campaign following the Week 4 fixtures on January 6. The Nigerian top-flight had required to continue their season on January 13 before the board announced the halt, citing teams' failure to submit Covid-19 test results to the league organisers.
‘Winter champions means nothing’ – Ibrahimovic fires warning to Milan after Atalanta humiliation
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‘Winter champions means nothing’ – Ibrahimovic fires warning to Milan after Atalanta humiliation

The Scudetto hopefuls fell to just their second defeat of 2020-21, although the loss did not stop them from remaining top halfway through the season AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic warned his team-mates they could not afford to rest on their laurels after seeing the Serie A winter champions collapse to a 3-0 defeat at home to Atalanta on Saturday. The Rossoneri veteran knows more than most about what it takes to finish at the top of the pile. Ibrahimovic, a league champion in four different nations, is gunning for his 14th such title in 2020-21 with Stefano Pioli's side.  
‘She’s a good signing’ – Faith Micheal backs Anam Imo to excel at Pitea
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‘She’s a good signing’ – Faith Micheal backs Anam Imo to excel at Pitea

The Super Falcons defender has backed the new Pitea signing to inspire the Swedish outfit to league success next season Nigeria defender Faith Micheal believes Anam Imo's signing will prove to be a huge bargain for her Swedish Damallsvenskan club Pitea. The Nigeria international, who turned 20 on Monday, joined the Swedish top-flight outfit on a three-year deal following the expiration of her two-year contract with 2019 champions Rosengard. With her signing, Imo becomes the seventh Nigerian to be signed by the Swedish club in their history after Rebecca Kalu, Ulunma Jerome, Francisca Ordega, Onome Ebi, Sarah Michael and Micheal.
How Kessie lost tooth during AC Milan clash against Napoli
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How Kessie lost tooth during AC Milan clash against Napoli

  The Ivory Coast international has visited a dentist after he receiving an elbow in the mouth during his side’s win over the Parthenopeans Franck Kessie lost a tooth during AC Milan’s 3-1 victory over Napoli in Sunday’s Serie A clash at Stadio San Paolo. The 23-year-old was handed his seventh league start this season in the encounter and made a key contribution to help his side triumph over the Parthenopeans. The midfielder, however, lost a tooth in the game after he was accidentally hit in the mouth by Napoli winger Matteo Politano.
Premier League confirm eight new positive coronavirus cases among players and staff
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Premier League confirm eight new positive coronavirus cases among players and staff

The Premier League has confirmed eight positive coronavirus tests have been returned from the latest round of testing.   In a statement, the league confirmed 1,575 players and staff were tested between Monday, October 12, and Sunday, October 18.   “The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday Oct. 12 and Sunday Oct. 18, 1,575 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, there were eight new positive tests,” the Premier League said in a statement.   Those eight players or club staff must now isolate for a period of 10 days, meaning they will not be allowed to take part in match preparations.   The announcement comes after Crystal Palace striker, Jordan Ayew tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from international d...
Napoli new boy Osimhen eager to face Juventus star Ronaldo in Serie A
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Napoli new boy Osimhen eager to face Juventus star Ronaldo in Serie A

Gennaro Gattuso's side travel to Turin to face the reigning league champions for their matchday three on October 4 New Napoli signing Victor Osimhen is looking forward to playing against Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo in his maiden Serie A campaign. After a scintillating debut season for Lille, where he scored 13 goals in 27 Ligue games, the Super Eagles striker is ready to have another experience against "one of the greatest players on earth". Osimhen’s Napoli visit Gervinho's Parma for their opening league outing on Sunday but the 21-year-old also has his sights set on the trip to Allianz Stadium on October 4.
Iwobi returns to Everton squad ahead of West Brom game
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Iwobi returns to Everton squad ahead of West Brom game

The Nigeria international is in contention for Saturday's league match after missing the Toffees' opening two games of the season Alex Iwobi has returned to the Everton squad ahead of their Premier League outing against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday after recovering from a knock. The 24-year-old was missing in Carlo Ancelotti's team for their opening league fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, and their Carabao Cup triumph against Salford City on Wednesday. Ahead of the encounter against the Baggies at Goodison Park on Saturday, Ancelotti confirmed the Super Eagles star is among the players fit and ready to play following his recovery.
Dortmund set to host fans for their Bundesliga opener as Covid-19 restrictions loosened
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Dortmund set to host fans for their Bundesliga opener as Covid-19 restrictions loosened

The German giants announced a small crowd will be in attendance for Saturday's clash at Signal Iduna Park Borussia Dortmund's season-opening Bundesliga fixture at home to Borussia Monchengladbach is set to be played in front of around 10,000 supporters. Bundesliga clubs have reportedly been given the green light for fans to return to stadiums for the start of the 2020-21 season in Germany amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 2019-20 campaign resumed behind closed doors in May due to Covid-19, which forced the league to be postponed in March.  
MLS games called off in the wake of Jacob Blake shooting
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MLS games called off in the wake of Jacob Blake shooting

The competition decided to abandon a number of matches as protests continue in the United States Major League Soccer has cancelled five games that were due to kick-off on Wednesday in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake.  Blake, a 29-year-old African American, was shot and injured by police on Sunday in front of his children with protests since breaking out in Wisconsin and across the country.  While MLS matches had gone ahead this week, players and fans had called on the league to take a stand and cancel games in a show of support for the black community. 
‘Real Madrid prove we’re good in every game’ – Zidane defends La Liga leaders amid repetitive debate
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‘Real Madrid prove we’re good in every game’ – Zidane defends La Liga leaders amid repetitive debate

The Spanish giants are top of the league as the campaign nears its end but their quality is still regularly called into question Zinedine Zidane is on the cusp of leading Real Madrid to a 34th La Liga title, but the head coach continues to be plagued by the question of whether his team are anything special. Two wins from their remaining three games over the coming week would be enough to clinch another Spanish league success, with Granada first up on Monday evening. Madrid have been ruthless since the resumption, winning all eight games and conceding just two goals over that stretch.
Awaziem’s error cost Leganes defeat against Salisu’s Real Valladolid
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Awaziem’s error cost Leganes defeat against Salisu’s Real Valladolid

The Ghanaian came out victorious with his team as the Nigeria duo suffered defeat in their first league game since March Mohamed Salisu played a vital role in helping Real Valladolid defeat Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem’s Leganes 2-1 in Saturday’s La Liga encounter. The African stars were on parade from start to finish at Estadio Municipal de Butarque as goals from Ruben Alcaraz and Enes Unal secured maximum points for the visitors. Omeruo and Awaziem partnered each other at the centre of Leganes’ defence but the latter's error contributed to the opening goal in the opening minutes.
EFL confirms cancellation of League One and Two season
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EFL confirms cancellation of League One and Two season

Coventry City have been declared champions of the third tier while the League Two title will go to Swindon Town League One and League Two clubs have voted in favour of cancelling the rest of the 2019-20 season. The English leagues have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the Premier League and Championship are set to resume the campaign, teams in the third and fourth tiers have voted “by an overwhelming majority” to declare an end to this term.
Serie A’s ‘Plan B’ announced in case of new coronavirus setback
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Serie A’s ‘Plan B’ announced in case of new coronavirus setback

Top-flight sides in Italy have thrashed out an agreement to determine how the season will end if play is stopped once again Plans have been put in place by the Italian FA (FIGC) in order to decide Serie A should the league be stopped again because of coronavirus. Football in Italy was put on hold in March due to the outbreak of the illness, which infected close to 250,000 in the country and took the lives of almost 34,000, with the north of the country particularly hard hit. With the infection increasingly under control - there were 280 new cases announced on Tuesday - Serie A is gearing up to begin again after a three-month break, but a contingency plan has been put in place to decide placings should it prove impossible for top-level football to continue.
Premier League announces zero new positive coronavirus cases after 1,195 players and staff tested
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Premier League announces zero new positive coronavirus cases after 1,195 players and staff tested

No new cases of the disease were found in the first round of testing since the league's return date was confirmed The Premier League has announced that there were no new cases of coronavirus found in the latest round of testing. A total of 1,195 players and staff were tested for Covid-19 across Thursday and Friday and, for the second time in six rounds of testing, there were no positives. The previous round yielded one positive, which Tottenham confirmed was one of their employees.
‘Leicester are a team to be reckoned with’ – O’Neill says Foxes have found ‘stardom’ from 2016 title triumph
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‘Leicester are a team to be reckoned with’ – O’Neill says Foxes have found ‘stardom’ from 2016 title triumph

The club is well placed to remain a contender, says their former manager, as Brendan Rodgers has helped lead the team towards the top of the league Martin O'Neill has praised Leicester City's progress under Brendan Rodgers and feels the club's famous Premier League title win is still helping them compete with some of the league's biggest clubs. Leicester are on course to reach the Champions League, with the Foxes sitting third in the Premier League table, behind only Liverpool and Manchester City, prior to the coronavirus halting top-flight action all over the world. A remarkable season has seen them equal the Premier League's record for the biggest ever win with the 9-0 triumph at Southampton, as they sit above the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal in the...
RB Leipzig star Werner even more dangerous after adding to his game, says Nagelsmann
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RB Leipzig star Werner even more dangerous after adding to his game, says Nagelsmann

The manager believes his striker's display at Mainz is proof he has developed more awareness to go with his speed Timo Werner has become all the more unpredictable for defences, according to RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann. Germany international Werner was in lethal form on Sunday, scoring his third Bundesliga hat-trick of the season as Leipzig crushed struggling Mainz 5-0 away from home. It took his tally to 24 in the league this term, a new personal best for the 24-year-old, who has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool.
Flick tips Lewandowski to challenge Gerd Muller’s Bundesliga scoring record
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Flick tips Lewandowski to challenge Gerd Muller’s Bundesliga scoring record

The ex-Germany hitman has held the milestone for almost 40 years, but Bayern's star is hot on his heels in 2019-20 and netted on the league's return Robert Lewandowski is being backed to challenge Gerd Muller's record of scoring 40 goals in a single Bundesliga season. The Poland international took his season's tally to 26 goals in 24 league games and 40 in all competitions with a penalty that set Bayern on course for a 2-0 win at Union Berlin on Sunday. In their first game back after the coronavirus suspension, Bayern were the dominant side without being at their very best.
‘It is too early’ – Mayor Khan says London shouldn’t host Premier League matches yet
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‘It is too early’ – Mayor Khan says London shouldn’t host Premier League matches yet

The English top flight is eyeing a return to the pitch next month after going on hiatus in March due to the coronavirus pandemic London Mayor Sadiq Khan has thrown a potential wrench into the Premier League's proposed return, saying that it is too soon to play matches in England's capital. The Premier League has been suspended since March amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but is eyeing a return next month. On Monday the government cleared the league to resume play on June 1, outlining the plan in a 50-page document for lifting the coronavirus-enforced lockdown in England.
Former West Ham midfielder Payet outlines intention to stay at Marseille
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Former West Ham midfielder Payet outlines intention to stay at Marseille

After a strong season in Ligue 1, the playmaker insists he is happy to stay put having made "sacrifices" to return to the club Marseille star Dimitri Payet insists he is happy at the Ligue 1 club and suggested he will be staying put. Payet, 33, helped Marseille finish second in the table - their best league campaign since 2012-13 - as the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The midfielder scored nine goals and provided four assists in 22 Ligue 1 games, with Payet now insisting that he plans to stay at the club.
Relegation from Premier League on points-per-game basis would be unfair, says Neville
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Relegation from Premier League on points-per-game basis would be unfair, says Neville

The former Manchester United defender says it "wouldn't feel right" if Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth were sent down to the Championship Gary Neville says it wouldn’t be fair for Premier League relegation to be decided on a points-per-game basis if the season can’t be completed. While the league’s ‘Project Restart’ plans continue, there remains uncertainty as to whether the sport can return in England, with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan saying the city isn’t ready to host Premier League football yet. When France’s Ligue 1 season was curtailed, the final league table was worked out using points per game, with Amiens and Toulouse relegated.
Lampard can be one of the best managers in the world’ – Chelsea boss lauded by Premier League title winner Conte
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Lampard can be one of the best managers in the world’ – Chelsea boss lauded by Premier League title winner Conte

The former Blues coach, who delivered league and cup success during his time at Stamford Bridge, expects a man following in his footsteps to thrive Frank Lampard is capable of becoming “one of the best managers in the world”, says former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. The Blues turned to a familiar face for assistance during the summer of 2019 after seeing Maurizio Sarri head back to his homeland with Juventus. One Italian had succeeded another at Stamford Bridge a year prior to that change, with Conte ushered through the exits as Sarri was drafted in.
Ligue 1 ended too soon amid coronavirus crisis, says Monaco’s Fabregas
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Ligue 1 ended too soon amid coronavirus crisis, says Monaco’s Fabregas

As the Bundesliga prepares to restart on May 16, the former Arsenal midfielder believes the league could have waited before ending the French season Monaco star Cesc Fabregas feels the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season may have been cancelled too soon amid the coronavirus pandemic. Paris Saint-Germain were declared champions and Amiens and Toulouse were relegated after the season was called off last month, with most teams still having 10 games remaining. As the Bundesliga prepares to restart on May 16 and the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga try to resume, Fabregas believes the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) could have waited before ending the season.
Nigeria National League boss Chidi Ofor passes away at 50
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Nigeria National League boss Chidi Ofor passes away at 50

The seasoned football administrator passed away on Tuesday, the Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed Nigeria National League chairman Chidi Ofor has died at the age of 50, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed. According to a statement from the NFF, Ofor, who had been battling with leukemia, died in a private hospital in Enugu after collapsing in the early hours of Tuesday. Apart from his position as head of Nigeria’s second-tier football league system, the NFF executive committee member doubled as head of the Enugu State Football Association.
PSG to trigger Choupo-Moting extension
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PSG to trigger Choupo-Moting extension

PSG are ready to trigger a one-year extension in Eric Choupo-Moting's contract to keep the Cameroon captain until June 2021, according to Sport. Choupo-Moting joined the French champions with a free transfer from Stoke City in 2018, and he has played a part in helping the Parisians secure back-to-back league titles. The 31-year-old forward played nine games in the 2019-20 league campaign, including five starts with three goals to his name.
Fan Drags Tacha For Praising Wizkid With Davido’s Tattoo On Her Chest
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Fan Drags Tacha For Praising Wizkid With Davido’s Tattoo On Her Chest

Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Tacha (Natacha Akide) joined a league of others in praising Afrobeat icon, Wizkid following a hits face off his tracks were featured in recently. Taking to Twitter, the controversial influencer wrote, “Wizkid baba nla“. Her praise obviously didn’t go down well with some fans who took to Twitter to drag her for hailing the singer despite having a tattoo of Davido on her chest. It should be recalled that in an interview with OAP Do2dun, the reality TV star revealed her main motive behind the tattoo. She said; “Yeah, I love Davido. David was the inspiration behind my having the OBO tattoo. You know David has this drive regardless of everything, he still has that drive and strength and it’s what I admire. I want to be Tacha that the world will...
Roma striker Dezko rates Chiellini above Koulibaly, Skriniar, Acerbi
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Roma striker Dezko rates Chiellini above Koulibaly, Skriniar, Acerbi

The Senegalese centre-back is one of the most highest rated and priced players in Italy, but is he the best in the league? Roma striker Edin Dzeko believes Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is the strongest defender in the Serie A ahead of the likes of Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly, Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar and Francesco Acerbi. Chiellini has made a name for himself at Juventus, making over 500 appearances and winning 17 titles. The likes of Koulibaly have however become big names in the Serie A in the last couple of years, as he is seven years younger than Chiellini and has put in solid performances for Napoli who have finished behind Juventus in the Serie A a few times. "There are many in the league, Chiellini, Koulibaly, Skriniar, even Acerbi," Dzeko said in an Instagram Li...
Premier League could be cancelled if we’re not prepared, says West Ham vice-chairman Brady
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Premier League could be cancelled if we’re not prepared, says West Ham vice-chairman Brady

The warning comes after the decision of leagues in Belgium, the Netherlands and France to call time on the 2019-20 season prematurely West Ham vice-president Karren Brady has warned that there is the prospect of the Premier League season not resuming beyond its current position. The coronavirus pandemic, which has infected 177,000 people in Britain, killing more than 27,000 – the third highest death toll in the world – has meant that play in the league has been frozen since March. While there remains optimism that a solution will be found that will allow the league to reach a conclusion, Brady, who controversially suggested previously that the entire season should be written off, has counselled that this is not guaranteed and that strict protocols will have to be followed. “The k...
Coronavirus: Premier League Told to Complete Season in Another Country
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Coronavirus: Premier League Told to Complete Season in Another Country

Former Manchester United and England defender, Gary Neville, has advised the English top-flight league that the best way to resume the 2019/20 season is to play the remaining matches in another country that is free from the Coronavirus pandemic. DAILY POST had reported that the Premier League is currently suspended indefinitely, with nine matches remaining due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the globe. “If the Premier League were serious about delivering the matches that remain in the safest environment, they would move it to one of the two or three places that are within 3 or 4 hrs of this country that are Coronavirus-free, or virtually Coronavirus-free,” Neville told Sky Sports. “They would take the Premier League over to that country and the players, broadcast...
Coronavirus: 8000 Borussia Monchengladbach fans pay for cardboard cutouts of themselves to fill stadium if league returns behind closed doors
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Coronavirus: 8000 Borussia Monchengladbach fans pay for cardboard cutouts of themselves to fill stadium if league returns behind closed doors

Fans of German club, Borussia Monchengladbach,  ave paid for more than 8,000 cardboard cutouts of themselves to fill their stadium if the Bundesliga returns behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The German Football League (DFL) suspended Bundesliga football in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, that has infected close to 3 million people worldwide, but the Bundesliga says it now plans to restart on May 9 with players already returning to training. Borussia Monchengladbach fans have now thought of a unique way to fill up their stadium in case fans aren't allowed to enter the stadium by starting a ‘Stay at home. Be in the stands’ campaign. As part of the campaign, Gladbach fans are able to buy cardboard cutouts of themselves for £16.50 to fill Borussia-Park, the...
Arsenal players approved for training return under strict coronavirus measures
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Arsenal players approved for training return under strict coronavirus measures

The Gunners are poised to take a cautious step towards normality after being hit particularly hard by the pandemic Arsenal have confirmed their players will be allowed to return to their London Colney training ground on Monday, but they must still abide by social distancing guidelines. Manager Mikel Arteta was one of the first high-profile cases of Covid-19 in the football world, with his diagnosis in March coinciding with the eventual suspension of the Premier League. Though the coronavirus continues to hit England particularly hard, the Gunners have been able to green light a partial return to training. “Players will be permitted access to our London Colney training grounds next week. Access will be limited, carefully managed and social distancing will be maintained at all time...
Bundesliga clubs could get transfer market advantage with early restart, says finance expert
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Bundesliga clubs could get transfer market advantage with early restart, says finance expert

The German league will be attractive to players if it can offer matches in front of full crowds by next year, a football money guru has said. Bundesliga clubs could have an advantage in the transfer market if the league restarts in May, according to a football finance expert. The German Football League (DFL) confirmed on Thursday that the country's top flight will resume on May 9, provided the decision has the backing of politicians. It would make the Bundesliga the first of Europe's top leagues to play games again after being forced to suspend the schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. Stars such as Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner have been linked with moves abroad, specifically to Premier League clubs.
‘Pepe is a flop at the moment, but can get better next year under Arteta’ – Arsenal’s record signing backed to come good
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‘Pepe is a flop at the moment, but can get better next year under Arteta’ – Arsenal’s record signing backed to come good

A former Gunner doesn't believe his old club have "found the right position" for the mercurial Ivory Coast international yet Nicolas Pepe "doesn't look a confident player" at Arsenal and must be considered a "flop at the moment", according to Stewart Robson, who thinks Mikel Arteta could be the man to get "the best out of him". Arsenal beat a number of top clubs across Europe to Pepe's signature last summer, as they successfully negotiated a club record £72 million ($89m) deal with French outfit Lille. Big things were expected of the 24-year-old upon his arrival at Emirates Stadium, with similarities being drawn between the winger and Gunners legend Thierry Henry, but he has so far failed to live up to expectations. Pepe has contributed six goals and eight assists to Arsenal's ca...
Ivan Rakitic: Barcelona must be named champions
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Ivan Rakitic: Barcelona must be named champions

Ivan Rakitic insists Barcelona must be named champions if the season is abandoned. The Catalans sit top of the table as things stand with the season on hold due to the coronavirus, and the Croatian says their work so far this season should be valued. "We all want to play again and to win the league by playing," the midfielder told Movistar Plus. "But I also understand that if we can't come back, the season will have to end. "If we're first, then we have to be the champions." Players have been training alone from their respective homes throughout the quarantine period, but Rakitic is missing his usual habits. "It's already costing me a bit," he added. "I really want to touch the ball again, to feel the grass and the group work. "I want to continue working with the ne...
NBA players to receive full April 15 paychecks
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NBA players to receive full April 15 paychecks

  ESPN and the Philadelphia Inquirer were among the outlets citing league sources in reporting that players would be paid as usual on April 15. The league and the National Basketball Players Association have been negotiating a salary-reduction percentage for upcoming pay periods, and on Tuesday the players association reiterated to agents that owners could withhold 25 percent of players’ remaining salaries if the season is cancelled. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Monday that he did not expect the league to be in a position to make a decision on when and how a return to play might happen until May. The regular season was due to end on April 15, with the playoffs scheduled to start on April 18.
Twente midfielder Oriol Busquets hopes for Barcelona chance
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Twente midfielder Oriol Busquets hopes for Barcelona chance

FC Twente midfielder Oriol Busquets admits he sees his future with parent club Barcelona. Busquets has done well in Holland, although he's played a central defender more than a midfielder, and now he wants the chance to prove his worth to Barça coach Quique Setien. "My dream is to return to Barça and do preseason with the first time," he told SER Catalunya. "Or whatever I have to do and demonstrate that I can go back. My desire is to stay with the first team. The youngster wants to show that he's worth a spot "in the first team" and he doesn't mind where he plays on the pitch: "If it's to play for Barça, I don't mind if it's in the middle or at the back." Busquets, 21, has played 23 games in the Netherlands, 21 in the league and two in the cup
Brighton chief Paul Barber: Everything on table for Premier League finish
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Brighton chief Paul Barber: Everything on table for Premier League finish

Brighton chief Paul Barber says everything is on the table as they seek to end the Premier League season. Barber remains open to all ideas but the plan remains to play out the 2019-20 campaign. He said: “I think in any situation where the norm is taken away, you have to be open-minded to lots of different solution. “I know in Belgium they have cancelled the league and awarded the title to the team currently on top. “They have gone out of their comfort zone and made a decision for their pragmatic reasons. “I don't think any idea is a bad idea in a difficult situation. “But the integrity of the league is, for me, very important in a competition as valuable and as important as the Premier League or, for that matter, the Championship or League One or League Two. “There are...
Chelsea target Hakimi considering options, admits agent
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Chelsea target Hakimi considering options, admits agent

Achraf Hakimi's agent says nothing is decided as the remains on-loan at Borussia Dortmund. The Real Madrid fullback has been linked with Chelsea this week. "The contract with Real Madrid is still the one we negotiated in 2017 and that runs to June 2022," agent Alejandro Camano told Spox. "We'll have to wait and see. After the coronavirus crisis is over, we'll sit down with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund to discuss the matter." Hakimi, at 21, already has 28 caps for Morocco and featured at the 2018 World Cup for his country. He made nine league appearances for Real Madrid before leaving on loan.
Aston Villa’s Elmohamady reveals his best moment in England
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Aston Villa’s Elmohamady reveals his best moment in England

The Egyptian superstar has reflected on his first ten years in the English league, while also disclosing the best manager he’s played for Ahmed Elmohamady has revealed Aston Villa’s promotion to the English Premier League is his best moment so far. After a failed attempt in the 2017-2018 season, the ex-Hull star played a key role in the Claret & Blue Army’s return to English top-flight - featuring 41 times and netting twice. In a chat with the Villa media team on the occasion of a decade living and playing in the European country after Egypt in 2010, the defender shared his experiences on what the Championship is like and what it meant earning promotion to the Premier League. “The Championship is a tough league and it’s not easy to get promoted from it,” Elmohamady told V...
Erico hails Falcons on latest FIFA rankings, advises NFF to invest in women football
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Erico hails Falcons on latest FIFA rankings, advises NFF to invest in women football

  Former Super Eagles’ Assistant Coach, Joe Erico, has advised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to look for ways to help the Super Falcons maintain their position as the best women national team in Africa. He urged the federation to find a way of strengthening the women league and other competitions, saying strong competitions would help the coaches to produce quality teams. Expressing his delight that the Super Falcons retained their number one position in Africa in the latest FIFA rankings, Erico noted that the era of the Nigeria women national team dominating the continent might end if urgent measures were not taken to get a credible coach for the team and also put modalities in place to ensure the welfare of the players were attractive. Erico said the Super Fa...
Enyimba players attacked by armed robbers
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Enyimba players attacked by armed robbers

Enyimba’s team bus was attacked by armed robbers on Thursday, as they returned from a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game. The Peoples Elephant had beaten Adamawa United 2-0 in Gombe and were travelling back to their base in Aba, Abia State. They were attacked in Okigwe, Imo State. The incident left forward, Cyril Olisema injured with minor cuts. “They were telling us to stop, be as we noticed they were not law enforcement, we told our driver not to stop. “He sped up and one of them stoned the window with iron, so it broke and injured [Olisema],” Defender Stephen Egbe told ESPN.
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Van Dijk fears Liverpool Winning Title amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Liverpool centre back, Virgil van Dijk, has said he would be “gutted” if the coronavirus outbreak stops their fans watching the team win the league. Premier League fixtures have been suspended until April 4 at least. Liverpool are almost certain to win the title for the first time in 30 years. The Reds sit 25 points clear of Manchester City in second place and need only two wins to be confirmed champions. Van Dijk told Dutch newspapers: “If we won it in an empty stadium and the fans weren’t there, I’d be gutted for them. “Obviously, if there are no fans at Anfield, then it will be a bit of a blow – no one wants to play games without the fans.”
Liverpool Haven’t Won The League Yet – Salah Says After Win Against Man Utd
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Liverpool Haven’t Won The League Yet – Salah Says After Win Against Man Utd

Liverpool cannot afford to think that they have won the Premier League in January, warned Mohamed Salah, after the Reds extended their lead at the summit with their win over Manchester United. "I think we just need to keep [our] focus on each game," he told Sky Sports after the match. "We don't have to think that now we've won the Premier League or whatever, no. "We just need to take it game by game. I think that's the only way we can win the Premier League. We struggled last season at the same time so we have to keep calm and just focus on each game. Captain Jordan Henderson concurred, adding: "There are a lot of games left. We’ve taken it game by game for a long time now and it’s put us in good stead so there’s no need to change." Liverpool dominated for long periods at A...
I Left Watford for China Because of Money – Odion Ighalo
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I Left Watford for China Because of Money – Odion Ighalo

Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has revealed that he left Watford where he carved a niche for himself to join Chinese side, Changchun Yatai back in 2017 because of money. The Nigerian striker who scored 33 goals in 82 matches for the English club revealed that before he left for China, he had offers from Crystal Palace and West Bromwich. Speaking to Watford Observer, Ighalo stated that he has no regret leaving England for China because it has made a remarkable impact in his career. He said; “There’s lot of reasons I went there [China]. I wasn’t playing much in Watford and I did not want to keep sitting on the bench. “Watford fans don’t know it but I had an offer from Crystal Palace on the table and West Bromwich but the club was looking for big money and that’s...
Aubameyang Sees Red As Arsenal Struggles To Hold Crystal Palace To A Draw
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Aubameyang Sees Red As Arsenal Struggles To Hold Crystal Palace To A Draw

Arsenal struggled to hold Crystal Palace to a 1-1 draw during their early domestic league clash at the Selhurst Park Stadium on Saturday. The Gunners had raced into a 12th-minute lead through Gabonese International, Pierre Aubameyang but were pegged back by the host. They host then leveled things up after the restart after missing a series of goal scoring opportunities in the first half. However, a minute of madness arrived in the second half when Aubameyang was given his marching order for a dangerous challenge on his opponent. As a result of the stalemate, the Gunners have only seen 1 victory in their last 10 matches across all competition despite a change of manager.