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Perhaps the day coronavirus broke out, nobody thought it could play such a huge havoc with sporting calendars. But that's for real; so far, not only coronavirus has infected footballers but also it has led to suspension of major leagues. Here is what it has done to football world so far.
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February 04, 2020

AFC Champions League involving Chinese teams postponed over coronavirus worries

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced that the matches, which were due in February and March, would be rearranged for April and May, with only one exception: Chiangrai United vs Beijing FC since Beijing FC were in South Korea on a training camp and did not need quarantine measures.

 

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February 22, 2020

Italian amateur football matches postponed to prevent the spread of coronavirus

According to Italian news agency ANSA, 88 amateur football matches including Serie C and Serie D matches were postponed as a preventive measure against coronavirus. Also Serie B match between Ascoli and Cremonese was postponed after two people died in Lombardy and Veneto regions.

 

February 23, 2020

Three Italian Serie A fixtures including Inter Milan-Sampdoria were postponed due to corona worries

Inter Milan-Sampdoria plus two other fixtures in Italian Serie A, namely Verona-Cagliari and Atalanta-Sassuolo were postponed due to coronavirus worries. The measure was taken as a woman from the northern region of Lombardy became the second person in Italy to die from coronavirus.

 

February 25, 2020

J-League matches postponed due to fears over coronavirus spread

J-League Chairman, Mitsuru Murai, postponed all official matches until March 15 as a measure to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the league's governing board agreed to reschedule 94 matches in J-League in response to what a governmental panel of medical experts had predicted as critical, waiting to be happened in one or two weeks.

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March 3, 2020

Swiss football league suspended over coronavirus fears

The Swiss football league on Monday suspended all Super League and second-division Challenge League matches until March 23 as a measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

 

March 5, 2020

Italian government decree stated all Serie A games had to be played behind closed doors until April 3

Following a decree issued by Italian government, Serie A games and all other sporting events in Italy had to take place behind closed doors. The decree stated: “Sports events and competitions of all kinds and disciplines, held in every place, both public and private, are suspended.

 

March 5, 2020

FIFA president calls for composure in the face of coronavirus spread

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, urged football authorities not to panic when it comes to taking measures against the spread of the coronavirus.

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March 5, 2020

Inter Milan donate €100,000 to help combat coronavirus spread

President Steven Zhang of Inter donated €100,000 to the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences at the Sacco Hospital in Milan for coronavirus researches. "Inter has an indissoluble bond with the city of Milan and is proud of the dedication with which all the staff of the Sacco Hospital are dealing with the exceptional situation,” said Steven Zhang.

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March 6, 2020

Napoli-Inter, Strasbourg-PSG called off due to growing fears over coronavirus spread

Coppa Italia semi-final match second leg between Inter and Napoli was another match in the Italian football calendar to be called off due to growing worries over the spread of coronavirus. PSG-Strasbourg in Ligue 1, which was to be played on March 7, was also called off on March 6 due to coronavirus fears.

 

March 8, 2020

Ajax assistant manager, Christian Poulsen, was quarantined due to coronavirus worries

Ajax told their assistant manager, Christian Poulsen, and two other members of training staff to stay away from the club for attending a birthday party with someone who had since tested positive for Covid-19.

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March 9, 2020

Asian World Cup qualifying matches postponed due to coronavirus fears

Fifa and AFC agreed to postpone the Asian World Cup qualifying matches in March and June over coronavirus fears.

 

March 9, 2020

PSG faced Dortmund behind closed doors due to coronavirus worries

Paris Saint-Germain faced Borussia Dortmund at home in the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie with no fans allowed to attend the match.

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March 10, 2020

AC Milan donate €250,000 to help emergency efforts against corona spread

AC Milan and Fondazione Milan jointly donated a sum of €250,000 to help AREU, the emergency arm of the Lombardy region's government, prevent the further spread of coronavirus in Italy.

 

March 10, 2020

Restrictions were put on the number of attendees for Ligue 1 matches - at most 1000 fans

French authorities restricted the number of people who could attend Ligue 1 games 1000. They also decided some of the games in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 to be played behind closed doors, until at least April 15.

 

March 10, 2020

Atalanta ask their fans to not celebrate in public due to coronavirus fears

Atalanta requested their fans not to celebrate their Champions League quarter-final qualification with public gatherings after Italy was put on a lockdown in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

March 10, 2020

Nottingham Forest owner, Evangelos Marinakis, was tested positive for coronavirus

Although Marinakis had earlier revealed he had been diagnosed with coronavirus on Instagram, breaking news on him contracting the virus confirmed what he had already revealed.

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March 11, 2020

Olympiacos players were tested negative for coronavirus

A day after it was announced that Olympiacos owner, Evangelos Marinakis, had been infected with coronavirus, all players and staff members of the club went through coronavirus tests that revealed they were not infected as yet.

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March 11, 2020

Monchengladbach beat Cologne behind closed doors

In Germany, the rescheduled Bundesliga match between Borussia Monchengladbach and Cologne, which was originally cancelled due to Storm Ciara, was played behind closed doors, with Monchengladbach beating Cologne 2-1.

 

March 11, 2020

Man City- Arsenal was postponed due to coronavirus fears

City were scheduled to host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday March 11, but the match did not take place as a precaution to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.

 

March 11, 2020

Hannover defender, Timo Hubers, was tested positive for coronavirus

In a statement released on the same day, Hannover said Hubers immediately had isolated himself after being diagnosed with the coronavirus.

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March 11, 2020

Coupe de la Ligue final between PSG and Lyon postponed due to coronavirus fears

The Coupe de la Ligue final between Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon was postponed due to growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus. The game was due to take place at the Stade de France on April 4.

 

March 11, 2020

The 70th FIFA congress was postponed to three months later due to coronavirus worries

The 70th FIFA Congress was due to take place on June 5 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but it was postponed to September 18 amid growing fears of coronavirus spread.

 

March 11, 2020

UEFA cancelled Sevilla-Roma and Inter-Getafe games

Travel restrictions due to coronavirus forced UEFA to call off the first legs of the Europa League ties between Sevilla and Roma, and Inter and Getafe.

 

March 11, 2020

PSG forward Kylian Mbappe was tested negative for coronavirus

PSG forward Kylian Mbappe missed two days training with a throat infection, and took a test to see if he was COVID-19 positive, but his results came back negative.

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March 11, 2020

Copa del Rey final was postponed due to coronavirus worries

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed that the Copa del Rey final between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao had been postponed due to coronavirus worries.

 

March 11, 2020

Ronaldo stayed in Maderia not participating in Juventus training due to coronavirus fears

Cristiano Ronaldo, who had travelled to his homeland earlier to spend time with his mother, could not leave for Italy to join Juventus training due to travel restrictions over the spread of coronavirus.

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March 11, 2020

CONMEBOL asked FIFA to postpone World Cup qualifiers over coronavirus fears

In a letter sent to FIFA on Wednesday, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) requested the governing body to postpone South America's 2022 World Cup qualifying round scheduled for March 26, 27 and 31, to a later date due to worries over coronavirus spread.

 

March 12, 2020

LaLiga games were postponed due to growing fears over coronavirus

LaLiga games, set to be played behind closed doors, were postponed for two match days as a Real Madrid basketball team player was tested positive for coronavirus.

 

March 12, 2020

Bosnia-Herzegovina asked UEFA to postpone Euro 2020 play-off against Northern Ireland

The Football Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina (NFSBIH) wrote to UEFA on March 12, asking the governing body to postpone their Euro 2020 play-off against Northern Ireland due to coronavirus fears.

 

March 12, 2020

Sampdoria forward, Gabbiadini, was tested positive for the coronavirus

Gabbiadini is the second professional player in Serie A after Juventus and Italy defender Daniele Rugani to contract COVID-19. Although feeling well, he was isolated from his teammates.

March 12, 2020

Leicester City isolated three of their players who showed symptoms suggesting of coronavirus

Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, confirmed three of his players had shown symptoms of coronavirus and had been isolated from their teammates.

 

March 12, 2020

Roma did not travel to Spain for their Europa League tie against Sevilla

The Italian club said on Twitter one day before their Europa League last-16 match against Sevilla that their plane from Italy was not authorized to land in Spain.

 

March 12, 2020

Juventus' Daniele Rugani was tested positive for coronavirus

Juventus confirmed that their centre-back Rugani had contracted COVID-19, although he showed no signs of the disease.

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March 12, 2020

Olympiacos-Wolves, LASK-Man Utd played behind closed doors

Wolves' Europa League last-16 first-leg tie at Olympiacos was played behind closed doors. The first leg of Manchester United's Europa League tie against LASK was also played behind closed doors with Man Utd beating LASK 5-0.

 

March 13, 2020

Celtic banned their players from selfies and fan events amid coronavirus fears

Celtic told their stars to avoid interaction with fans, including giving autographs and taking selfies, lest they might contract COVID-19.

 

March 13, 2020

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, was tested positive for coronavirus

Mikel Arteta was tested positive for coronavirus and the Arsenal squad were expected to self-isolate. The club said in a statement on March 13, that its London Colney training centre had also been closed as a result of the diagnosis.

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March 13, 2020

Everton placed their squad on self-isolation amid growing fears of coronavirus contraction

Everton placed their first-team squad and coaching staff on self-isolation after a first-team player showed symptoms suggesting of coronavirus.

 

March 13, 2020

UEFA postponed Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Youth League matches due to corona worries

UEFA postponed all Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Youth League matches scheduled to take place in the coming week to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

 

March 13, 2020

Barcelona cancelled their first-team training as recommended by RFEF 

Barcelona suspended all first-team activity until further notice as the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) recommended clubs cancel group training sessions in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

March 13, 2020

Four Sampdoria players were tested positive for coronavirus

Sampdoria confirmed that four players in their first-team, plus one of the club's medical staff, were tested positive for COVID-19.

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March 14, 2020

Bundesliga fixtures are postponed due to growing fears over coronavirus

Bundesliga fixtures scheduled for this weekend were all postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The growing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 have led to Serie A, LaLiga, Ligue 1 and the Premier League suspension.

 

March 14, 2020

Premier League season put on hold until April 3 due to coronavirus worries

All Premier League and English Football League matches have been postponed at least until April 3 after club officials met on Friday (March 13, 2020).

March 14, 2020

Man City, Southampton and Leganes find new ways to entertain their fans despite coronavirus fears

First, Leganes, in a bid to help keep people in their homes in Spain posted live updates of a fictitious match against Real Valladolid, who they were originally due to host this weekend. Inspired by their Spanish counterparts, Southampton also tried to get Norwich City – their scheduled Premier League opponents – involved in an online game of noughts and crosses.

 

March 14, 2020

Health always comes first, says Messi in the face of coronavirus epidemic

After Ronaldo, Jurgen Klopp, Paul Pogba and other leading names from the football world spoke out to encourage the public to take precautions for their health, Messi followed suit with a post on his Instagram account.

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March 14, 2020

West Ham vice-chairman, Karren Brady, calls for the full suspension of the Premier League

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady called for the Premier League and EFL seasons to be declared null and void, claiming the move would be "the only fair and reasonable thing to do" in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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March 14, 2020

Germany confirm their friendly game with Italy has been cancelled

Italy's scheduled upcoming friendly in Germany has been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic, the German Football Association (DFB) has confirmed.

 

March 14, 2020

Ogbonna slams English football for their sluggish and unacceptable response to coronavirus crisis

Angelo Ogbonna has criticised English football's response to the coronavirus pandemic, insisting it is "unacceptable" West Ham's Premier League clash with Arsenal went ahead.

 

March 14, 2020

WHO thanks Ronaldo, Pogba and Klopp for their consideration for global health threatened by coronavirus

Jurgen Klopp, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba received a message of thanks from World Health Organisation director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for "promoting health and protecting people from coronavirus".

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March 14, 2020

Mendy confirms people around him tested negative for coronavirus

After isolating himself as a precaution earlier this week, Manchester City left-back, Benjamin Mendy, finally revealed that those around him were tested negative for coronavirus.

 

March 14, 2020

Former Liverpool defender, Carragher, is against the idea of Premier League shut-down due to coronavirus

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady suggested that the Premier League should be 'voided' in a measure to combat coronavirus spread, but the former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher is against the idea as a resolution.

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March 14, 2020

Major European leagues put on hold due to coronavirus pandemic

Major European leagues, namely the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1, have all been suspended due to fears over further spread of coronavirus.

 

March 15, 2020

River Plate refuse to go ahead with Copa Superliga opener

River Plate's Copa Superliga clash with Atletico Tucuman was called off on Saturday, March 15, 2020 after the home side refused to open their stadium. Although domestic football in Argentina has remained largely unaffected, River insisted on Friday that, due to safety concerns over the spread of coronavirus, they would not face Atletico Tucuman.

 

March 15, 2020

More sporting events called off but the Olympics is still on

The coronavirus pandemic continued to wreak havoc on the sporting calendar on Saturday, March 15, 2020 with more major events and competitions being called off or postponed. However, Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe, confident that the Olympic games will be staged without any problem, said his country still plan for the 2020 Olympic Games to go ahead in Tokyo, starting in late July.

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March 15, 2020

Liverpool donate £40,000 to a charity initiative to combat the spread of coronavirus

Liverpool's first-team have donated £40,000 to a charity initiative called Fans Supporting Foodbanks amid the growing fears of coronavirus spread.

 

March 15, 2020

England and Everton goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, goes against advises to self-isolate

Everton shut down their facilities, with their players and staff advised to self-isolate after a member of their staff, preferred to remain anonymous, showed symptoms of coronavirus. However, the 26-year-old goalkeeper, though insisting that he has not gone against advises, attended a charity boxing evening in Durham alongside his wife.

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March 15, 2020

Marseille president, Eyraud, and his Lyon counterpart, Aulas, clash over coronavirus countermeasure proposal

Marseille president, Jacques-Henri Eyraud, and his Lyon counterpart, Jean-Michel Aulas, have been involved in a COVID-19 spat after the latter proposed the Ligue 1 season should be cancelled amid fears over coronavirus spread. "When his fever has come down, Jean-Michel Aulas will see the obscenity of his opportunism and will quickly return to the values that make him a great footballing operator," Eyraud told Le Journal du Dimanche.

March 15, 2020

Inter Milan head coach, Antonio Conte, urges people to stay at home for their own safety

Inter head coach, Antonio Conte, made a plea for people to stay at home and follow health instructions amid the coronavirus emergency in Italy. "Please stay home and respect the rules. It's difficult and tough moment but if we stick together, we'll get through it. Don't give up!" said Antonio Conte in a video message posted via Inter's official channels.

 

March 15, 2020

Fiorentina forward, Dusan Vlahovic, plus two of his teammates tested positive for coronavirus

Fiorentina star, Dusan Vlahovic, is the latest man in Italy's football to be infected by COVID-19. He said his fever reached 39 degrees when he was diagnosed with the virus. his two other teammates, namely Patrick Cutrone and German Pezzella, are also tested positive for the virus. With more than 21,100 positive cases and 1400 deaths, after China, Italy has been the hardest hit by the virus.

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March 15, 2020

PFA asks Melbourne Victory players to self-quarantine as a measure against coronavirus

In a statement, PFA (Professional Footballers Australia) noted Melbourne Victory's players and staff would have to undergo a compulsory 14-day self-quarantine period when they return home. "While we acknowledge that the response to coronavirus is constantly evolving, the government’s reactionary behaviour and ad-hoc decision-making on travel and sporting events has placed the players in a challenging personal position," PFA chief executive John Didulica said.

 

March 15, 2020

Coronavirus hits LaLiga with Garay, the first player in the Spanish league to contract the virus

Valencia defender, Ezequiel Garay, is the first LaLiga player to confirm he has contracted coronavirus. "I have tested positive for coronavirus but feel very well. Now it only remains to pay attention to the health authorities and, for now, be isolated,” said Garay on Instagram.

March 15, 2020

Mexico's Liga MX to be played behind closed doors as a countermeasure against coronavirus

According to Hugo Lopez Gattel, Deputy Health Minister of Mexico, matches between topflight teams in Mexican football will be played behind closed doors as a countermeasure against the further spread of coronavirus.

 

March 15, 2020

Four of Valencia players and staff besides Garay tested positive for coronavirus

Not only Garay but also four other players and staff of Valencia including Mangala have been tested positive for coronavirus so far. The club say they are in good health and quarantined.

 

March 15, 2020

The West Ham vice-chairman, Karren Brady, defends her comments concerning coronavirus

The West Ham vice-chairman was accused of putting her own club's interests first in her previous comments concerning coronavirus and shutting down of the Premier League. However, she has hit back saying she was merely thinking of players and fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

March 15, 2020

Paul Pogba launches fundraiser campaign to help combat coronavirus

Paul Pogba used his 27th birthday to launch a campaign to raise funds for Unicef's coronavirus operations, saying: "At times like this, we need to come together." The Manchester United midfielder said he hoped to raise £27,000 for the charity and promised to double the amount if the target is reached.

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March 15, 2020

Swiss FA chief, Dominique Blanc, tested positive for coronavirus

Dominique Blanc, the president of the Swiss FA (SFV) has tested positive for coronavirus less than two weeks after attending a UEFA meeting of European football leaders. The 70-year-old received his diagnosis on Sunday and went into quarantine at his home, while the SFV headquarters were closed until further notice. "I'm feeling reasonably comfortable at the moment. I only feel mild flu symptoms," Blanc said in a statement on the SFV's official website.

 

March 15, 2020

LaLiga president, Tebas, committed to finish LaLiga season despite coronavirus fears

LaLiga president Javier Tebas is determined to finish the current LaLiga season amid growing fears of coronvirus pandemic. "I am convinced that we are going to end the season. We are working with other leagues to match dates," said Tebas in an interview with radio station Cadena COPE.

 

March 15, 2020

Del Piero launches fundraiser campaign to help Italian Red Cross combat the coronavirus pandemic

Del Piero posted a message on Instagram announcing the fundraiser campaign involving stars such as Francesco Totti, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianluigi Buffon from Italy's 2006 World Cup winners. Del Piero is actually spearheading the campaign to raise funds for the Italian Red Cross to help the organization fight coronavirus. The former Juventus attacker told his 3.7million followers: "You are part of our team too."

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March 15, 2020

CBF suspends Brazilian national football due to growing fears over coronavirus pandemic

Although Brazilian football clubs continue to play with state football federations autonomy over competitions in Brazil, the Brazilian national team competitions, governed by CBF, have all been suspended for an indefinite time.

 

March 16, 2020

Argentinian president, Fernandez, says there is nothing wrong with football played behind closed doors

As long as football competitions don’t draw a significant crowd to stadiums, Argentinian president, Alberto Fernandez sees nothing wrong with them played behind closed doors. "No kind of spectacles will be allowed. Theatre, cinema, sports, music... we are trying to avoid the spread of the virus. In the case of football, if it's played behind closed doors, I don't see a problem with that," said Argentinian president, Alberto Fernandez.

 

March 16, 2020

Australian A-League continues behind closed doors

According to Football Federation Australia (FFA), the remainder of the Australian A-League season will be played behind closed doors, with only some matches rescheduled. "Our advice and our position is that football may continue to be played across Australia, at the moment ... they will go ahead behind closed doors, with no fans permitted to attend the stadiums," said FFA CEO, James Johnson.

 

March 16, 2020

Tommasi: Serie A suspended due to coronavirus threat will probably resume in May or June

According to Italian Footballers Association (AIC) president, Damiano Tommasi, Serie A suspension due to coronavirus threat will probably end in May or June if things go according to plan. "It's clearly impossible to start playing at the beginning of April. If all goes well, we can resume in May or June. When we talk about football, people think we are only ensuring the safety of players, but there's a whole world behind the team,” said Tommasi to Che Tempo Che Fa.

 

March 16, 2020

Bundesliga suspension extends until April 2 amid coronavirus pandemic

The Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL) confirmed its hiatus would take in the forthcoming round of fixtures in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga before making a further call over whether to reconvene after what was supposed to be the March international break at the end of this month. The move brings the Bundesliga into line with the Premier League, LaLiga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, which have all announced suspensions up until the first weekend of April at this stage.

 

March 16, 2020

Chelsea stresses on self-isolation though their midfielder, Mount, ignores orders

After Midfielder, Mason Mount, was pictured playing football in public with his close friend - West Ham midfielder - Declan Rice when he should have abided by the orders to self-isolate, Chelsea have put more stress on preventive measures they must take in the face of coronavirus pandemic. However, Mason Mount could be fined after seemingly ignoring the club’s self-isolation policy.

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March 17, 2020

Flamengo coach tested positive for coronavirus but he feels fine

The Brazilian Serie A champions announced that their head coach, Jorge Jesus, 65, tested positive for COVID-19, although he didn't show any symptoms. In a message posted on Instagram, Jesus said: “Hello. Good afternoon in Brazil, good night in Portugal. True, my test was positive. It is also true that I feel normal, I am feeling exactly as I felt a month ago, a year ago, two, three, four ... I am normal. I don't feel any symptoms.”

 

March 17, 2020

Bundesliga CEO calls for solidarity in the face of coronavirus pandemic

Bundesliga chief executive, Christian Seifert, calls for solidarity in german football as more games in the league are postponed due to coronavirus pandemic. "It was important for all participants today to emphasize that in the near future we must show not only financial solidarity, but also moral and emotional solidarity. This means that one club can't do something and be in a position where they put pressure on others," said Bundesliga CEO, Christian Seifert.

 

March 17, 2020

Wellington Phoenix train in isolation to avoid coronavirus

Wellington Phoenix trained in isolation to steer clear of coronavirus, but this doesn't mean they don't travel to Sydney to finish A-League season on Wednesday. “The decision to travel to Sydney in an attempt to complete this season was made as a club. We have discussed this amongst ourselves, consulted with health professionals and government bodies in Australia and New Zealand and taken all possible precautions to ensure those travelling are given the best protection possible,” said Phoenix general manager, David Dome, in a statement.

 

March 17, 2020

More people from Valencia tested positive for coronavirus (total 35%)

As of Sunday, March 15, there were five positive cases in Valencia first-team squad and staff including Ezequiel Garay, Jose Gaya and Eliaquim Mangala as acknowledged by the LaLiga club. However, further testing showed that there were even more positive cases which actually amounts to 35% of all the club members.

 

March 17, 2020

Manchester United cancel their training session amid growing fears of coronavirus pandemic

Manchester United first-team squad was due to have a training session today at United's Carrington training base, but the club changed their minds and decided not to go with the training session after UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, advised people to avoid unnecessary travels and social contact amid growing fears of coronavirus pandemic. The number of positive cases of coronavirus in England has reached 1543 with 55 deaths.

 

March 17, 2020

Chelsea star, Hudson-Odoi, seen on intense workout despite already been tested positive for coronavirus

Chelsea have posted a video of their winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, on an intense cycling workout though already being tested positive for coronavirus. On the 16-second video, the shirtless winger, cycles to music and smiles to camera. Chelsea added a comment to this video praising the 19-year-old, saying he was looking strong. Hudson-Odoi, who showed symptoms suggesting of flu on March 9, is actually the first Premier League player to test positive for COVID-19 as was revealed in a medical diagnosis last Friday.

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March 17, 2020

UEFA postpones Euro 2020 to 2021 amid growing fears of the coronavirus pandemic

Euro 2020 has been postponed, as it seems, to almost a year later - from June 12, 2020 to June 11, 2021. The European competition was previously scheduled to kick off in Rome and continue in 11 other cities across Europe, of course, until it was claimed by the NFF that the tournament has been pushed forward to June 11, 2021. An NFF post on Twitter read: "UEFA has decided that the European Championship is postponed to 2021. It will be played from June 11 to July 11 next year. More information to come."

 

March 17, 2020

Russian football halted until April 10 due to coronavirus pandemic

Russia is the next country to halt all its football competitions due to coronavirus pandemic. Following an executive committee meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Russian Football Union (RFU) announced in a statement that all football competitions under the control of the union between March 17 and April 10 are halted.

 

March 17, 2020

Copa America 2020 postponed until 2021 due to growing fears over coronavirus pandemic

As confirmed by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), Copa America 2020 which was due to be hosted in Argentina and Columbia has been postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic. It seems CONMEBOL has followed UEFA's steps in postponing the event to 2021. In fact, the two federations had already acknowledged that they had made the decision in coordination with one another.

 

March 17, 2020

Women's Euro 2021 finals to be rescheduled due to overlapping with the postponed Euro 2020

Coronavirus pandemic continues to play havoc with sporting calendars, as the rescheduling of Euro 2020 for 2021 will now mean an overlapping with Women's Euro 2021 finals. According to German Football Association (DFB), UEFA will have to reschedule Women's Euro 2021 finals, already scheduled to take place between July 7 and August 1, as it overlaps with the postponed Euro 2020.

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March 17, 2020

FIFA in favor of recent postponements in football in the face of coronavirus pandemic

Although FIFA backs more football activity to be postponed, it remains to be discussed how to rearrange 2021 schedules so that the postponed events from 2020 could fit in 2021 calendars with no problem. FIFA held a conference with Council members today in which the definite dates Euro and Copa America 2020 will be held in 2021 were determined. Members also discussed plans to reschedule the revised 2021 Club World Cup, which is due to be held from June 17 until July 4 next year.

 

March 17, 2020

UEFA is committed to end European leagues until June 30

As UEFA announced earlier, all European club competitions must end by the end of June. During a video conference held by FIFA, it was decided that Euro 2020 would be postponed to a year later as a countermeasure against the coronavirus pandemic. This actually frees up some space in the calendar for clubs to end all their activity for this season until June 30 which is also the date of contract expiry for some players. 

 

March 18, 2020

Juventus midfielder, Blaise Matuidi, tested positive for coronavirus

Almost a week from the time Juventus defender, Daniele Rugani, was tested positive for coronavirus, it's now Matuidi's turn to be diagonsed positive for the virus. Matuidi showed no symptoms suggestig of coronavirus plus that he had been in self-isolation since his teammate tested positive for coronavirus, but despite all this, Matuidi's test for coronavirus returned positive.

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March 18, 2020

John Obi Mikel leaves Trabzonspor due to concerns over coronavirus

Turkish Super Lig season continuing in the face of coronavirus further spread made the former Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, so worried that he left his club,Trabzonspor, for good. Obi Mikel said via Instagram that he did not feel comfortable playing football in Turkish Super Lig while all major European leagues have put on hold due to coronavirus pandemic.

 

March 18, 2020

Chelsea hotel free of charge for health workers combating coronavirus

Chelsea made their contribution to global combat against coronavirus pandemic by providing National Health Service (NHS) workers with their Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge free of charge for a period of two months. According to Chelsea officials, medical staff of hospitals in north-west London are allowed to use Chelsea's Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge for free in the next two months, with the period extendable to more months. 

 

March 18, 2020

Ligue 1 may extend even beyond June 30 deadline set by FIFA for all European leagues to end

While all the major European leagues have been suspended at least until April due to coronavirus pandemic, FIFA hosted a video conference on Tuesday and set a date – June 30, 2020 – for all European leagues to end. However, French football authorities say that they may not meet the deadline, but they are determined to finish the Ligue 1 in any time even after June 30.

 

March 18, 2020

15 people from the Spanish club, Deportivo Alaves, tested positive for coronavirus

Deportivo Alaves confirmed that 15 people from among their players and staff have tested positive for coronavirus. A statement on Alaves' website read: “A total of 15 people have tested positive, three of them belonging to the Deportivo Alaves first team, seven more to the coaching staff and none to the basketball team. Five workers have also been affected. The club made the decision to carry out the tests with respect to the responsibility policy with the people who are part of our family and the results have shown that it was the best way to urgently locate the cases and implement preventive measures to reduce, as far as possible, more infections.”

 

March 18, 2020

FIFA assesses the impact of coronavirus pandemic on transfer windows and players’ contracts

FIFA has set up a work group to assess the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic on transfer windows and players’ contracts. The 2019-20 season will probably continue until the opening of the transfer window for European leagues in June. FIFA work group will be responsible for "assessing the need for amendments or temporary dispensations to the FIFA regulations on the status and transfer of players to protect contracts for both players and clubs and adjusting player registration periods,” as stated on FIFA official website.

 

March 18, 2020

Gary Neville and Ryan Gigs contribute to coronavirus combat by providing health workers with their hotels free of charge

Former Manchester United star, Gary Neville, announced that the two hotels he owns in partnership with Ryan Giggs in Manchester – Hotel Football and Stock Exchange - will be provided to National Health Service (NHS) workers for free as long as the coronavirus pandemic lasts. As Neville said, the hotels will be closed to the public but their staff remain and will be paid for the service they provide to doctors, nurses and other medical staff.

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March 19, 2020

Flamengo head coach, Jorge Jesus, already tested positive for coronavirus, is cured

According to Flamengo club, their head coach, Jorge Jesus, who was already tested positive for coronavirus, is cured, with his repeated test returning negative. The 65-year-old coach tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, but he didn’t show any intense symptom and as he said he felt almost well.  "Flamengo inform the new exam carried out by coach Jorge Jesus confirmed a negative result for COVID-19," the club said via Twitter.

 

March 19, 2020

Ibrahimovic launches a fundraiser campaign to help combat the coronavirus pandemic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has launched a fundraiser campaign to raise money for Humanitas hospital in an attempt to help the hospital combat COVID-19. The funds already collected have passed €150,000 but as Ibrahimovic said he aims for €1million. “Hi, I'm Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Italy has always given me so much and in this dramatic moment, I want to give back even more to this country that I love. I decided together with the people who are working with me to create a fundraiser for Humanitas hospitals and to use my communication power to spread the message wider,” said Ibrahimovic in a video posted on Twitter.

 

March 19, 2020

An Italian epidemiologist: UEFA shouldn’t have allowed Liverpool v Atletico Madrid to go ahead

According to an Italian epidemiologist, UEFA should have done better regarding the prevention of coronavirus spread, rather than letting Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid to go ahead. "… More than 10,000 Spanish supporters went to the Champion League match at Liverpool. Hundreds of cases had already been detected in Madrid. It's possible the problem has been exported to England… Many things didn't work. UEFA could have done it better and in a different way," said the epidemiologist in an online talk.

 

March 19, 2020

Germany national team donate €2.5m to do their share in combatting coronavirus pandemic

The Germany national team have made a €2.5million donation to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. “The world of football has come to a stop - people's health and tackling this virus is without question the number one priority right now… We have all seen the effort and the commitment that you have shown… This showing of solidarity has never been more important, and we as a team want to do our bit to help. That is why we have decided to donate 2.5 million euros to the cause to help out immediately,” said the team in a statement.

 

March 19, 2020

FIFPro demands Turkish Super Lig to follow the example of European leagues

While most European nations have paused the season due to the spread of the virus, the Turkish Super Lig continued this week behind closed doors. FIFPro says players have expressed their deep concern about the matter. In a statement posted on Twitter, FIFPro said: “FIFPRO has written to the Turkish SuperLig and federation asking them to urgently reconsider the decision to continue matches and training during the coronavirus outbreak.”

 

March 19, 2020

Monchengladbach players ready to forego their salaries to help during coronavirus pandemic

In a bid to ensure the club can continue to pay its staff, Monchengladbach's players have offered to forego their salaries. "The players know what's going on. It's their job, they have already informed themselves and thought about it. The team has offered to forego salary if it can help the club and its employees,” said Monchengladbach's sporting director Max Eberl.

 

March 19, 2020

FA leagues suspension prolonged, FA agrees to extend 2019-20 season amid coronavirus pandemic

The Football Association has agreed to extend the 2019-2020 season, as the suspension of all its leagues stretches until at least April 30. Last week, the FA halted the Premier League, the English Football League, domestic cup competitions and the women's professional game in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Although according to FA rules, seasons in the leagues under the control of the governing body “shall terminate not later than June 1”, the FA's board have extended the date in the face of coronavirus emergency.

 

March 19, 2020

Mikel Arteta in better health conditions a week later after he tested positive for coronavirus

Mikel Arteta, tested positive for coronavirus last week, is now feeling better and in contact with Arsenal's players and coaching staff. Arsenal were forced to close their London Colney and Hale End training grounds for deep cleaning last week after it was confirmed Arteta had been diagnosed positive for COVID-19, but these bases are now reopened with a small workforce to maintain the facilities and training pitches.

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March 19, 2020

Man Utd say they continue to pay their casual staff even if the Premier League is cancelled

United have confirmed all of their casual workers will be paid as normal during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure financial certainty for them. “United will pay all its loyal matchday and non-matchday casual workers, should Premier League games be cancelled or played behind closed doors for the remainder of this season. This goodwill gesture reflects the club's desire to reduce the financial uncertainty facing its casual workforce, and is in recognition of the crucial role they play in delivering services to supporters,” the club said in a statement on their official website.

 

March 19, 2020

Cologne players continue their training in self-isolation amid coronavirus pandemic

Cologne coach, Markus Gisdol, says self-isolation has not affected his players' busy training schedules. “We’ve decided to let players spend the next 10 days in individual training. That means every player gets an individual training schedule. As a professional athlete, a professional coach, you have to try to concentrate on your job and your tasks, especially to maintain your fitness level,” said Gisdol in an interview.

 

March 19, 2020

Leganes stream their daily fitness sessions via a Twitch channel amid the coronavirus pandemic

As part of Spain's “I'm staying at home” social media campaign to limit all unnecessary travel, Leganes are now streaming their daily fitness sessions with coach Pol Lorente via the Twitch channel, harrypottercdleganes, which everyone can opt to join. Each morning, the LaLiga club post a reminder about the session start time - usually 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT) - and the basic equipment you need to take part.

 

March 20, 2020

Turkish Super Lig to be suspended following the steps of major European leagues in response to coronavirus pandemic

The Turkish Super Lig has been postponed until further notice in response to the coronavirus pandemic. While all European nations called a halt on their domestic competitions, Turkish Super Lig continued behind closed doors until lately that FIFPro urged Turkish football authorities to suspend the Turkish Super Lig to join the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. In response, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) confirmed that the four tiers of Turkish professional football including Turkish Super Lig would be suspended until “a later date”.

 

March 20, 2020

CONMEBOL asks FIFA to postpone South American World Cup qualifiers until September

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) who had already asked FIFA to postpone the South American World Cup qualifiers to a later date, now sees September as a proper date for the postponement. "By doing this [postponing South American World Cup qualifiers to September], the confederation ensures all precautions are taken against the global and regional spread of the coronavirus, in line with the recommendations of international health authorities," CONMEBOL said in a statement following a meeting of its executive board with FIFA authorities via a video conference.

 

March 20, 2020

Belarusian Premier League starts in the face of coronavirus pandemic

Belarusian Premier League starts not even behind closed doors although almost all major European leagues have been put on hold and Euro 2020 and Copa America 2020 have been pushed back to a year later due to coronavirus pandemic. With 51 positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Belarus, Football Federation of Belarus (BFF) chairman, Vladimir Bazanov, said: “For what reason should we not start it? Is a state of emergency declared in our country? There is no critical situation. So we decided that we are starting the championship in a timely manner. Today.”

 

March 20, 2020

Neymar thanks health workers combatting coronavirus pandemic

Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Neymar, thanked health workers combatting coronavirus, by posting a video on social media showing him clapping for them. The video caption read: "A big round of applause to all health professionals. Thank you for risking your lives #StayHome." The StayHome campaign involves not only ordinary people but also stars like Neymar.

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March 20, 2020

Southgate calls medical staff combatting coronavirus pandemic heroes

England head coach, Gareth Southgate, called medical staff fighting the coronavirus pandemic “heroes”. Southgate, whose team have seen friendlies against Italy and Denmark this month cancelled, wrote in a letter to England fans: “For everyone in our country, the primary focus of the present - and the coming months - is undoubtedly to look after our families, support our communities and work together… The heroes will be the men and women who continue working tirelessly in our hospitals and medical centres to look after our friends and families. They won't receive the individual acclaim, but we all know their importance is beyond anything we do on the pitch.”

 

March 20, 2020

UEFA won’t rename Euro 2020 to Euro 2021 despite postponing the event to 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic

It was announced earlier this year that the latest instalment of Euro 2020 will be pushed back to 2021, with the competition set to take place between June 11 and July 11 next year. However, UEFA has insisted that it won’t rename Euro 2020 to Euro 2021. A reply on a frequently asked questions page on UEFA's website read: “We trust that all of our venues will remain the same, ensuring the tournament remains true to its original vision: staging a truly Europe-wide event that befits the EURO's 60th birthday. The tournament will still be known as UEFA EURO 2020.”

 

March 20, 2020

Crystal Palace forward, Wilfried Zaha, offers free accommodation to NHS workers combatting the coronavirus pandemic

Zaha and Obi Williams, who co-own ZO Properties with around 50 apartments in London, have provided National Health Service workers with their needed accommodation in combatting coronavirus pandemic. “… Anyone who has empty rooms at all in London, they need to do something. They can't just leave their rooms empty whilst people are in huge predicaments as the whole country is right now. If you have any kind of accommodation available and empty for whatever reason, everyone should put their rooms up for key workers at this moment.” said Williams to the Standard.

 

March 21, 2020

Napoli and Cagliari will resume training next week despite being warned about the dangers of coronavirus pandemic

Napoli and Cagliari will return to training next week despite being warned it would be dangerous with Italy being in a lockdown state due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite Damiano Tommasi, president of the Italian Players' Union (AIC), had already stated it would be dangerous for players to return to work with the lockdown state still on in Italy, Cagliari will train with their players in separated groups on Monday with Napoli coming back to training field two days later.

 

March 21, 2020

Real Madrid forward, Luka Jovic, is ready to accept punishment if any for breaching self-isolation measures

Real Madrid forward, Luka Jovic, is prepared to accept any consequences of him breaching self-isolation measures in Serbia. Jovic returned to Serbia after the LaLiga season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 22-year-old forward apologized for breaching self-isolation measures, putting the blame on the fact that he was given poor instructions. However, he is ready to accept whatever punishment given to him, if any.

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March 21, 2020

Man Utd and Man City donate £100k to food banks to help vulnerable citizens against coronavirus

In a joint initiative, Manchester United and Manchester City have donated £100,000 to local food banks in Greater Manchester to lessen the threat of coronavirus for those more vulnerable. “We are proud of the role our supporters play in helping local food banks and recognise the increased strain likely to be placed on these charities by the impact of coronavirus. We are pleased to come together with our fans to help vulnerable members of society in a City United,” said the two clubs in a joint statement.

 

March 21, 2020

Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, and his wife Anna, donate €1m to help combat coronavirus

After Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, the next Bayern Munich player to make a significant donation to help combat coronavirus pandemic is Robert Lewandowski. “We are all aware of the difficult situation around us. Today we are all playing on one team. Let’s be strong in this fight. If we can help someone, let’s do it. This situation affects every one of us. That’s why we’re asking: follow instructions and listen to the people who know best. Show responsibility!” said Robert Lewandowski and his wife, Anna, on Instagram.

 

March 21, 2020

Man Utd midfielder, Juan Mata, calls for patience while trusting experts in the face of coronavirus pandemic

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata called upon the football world to remain calm and trust the experts while play is suspended during the coronavirus pandemic, and said he is doing all he can to stay fit. “Being patient and calm is the only thing we can do now. We have to wait and trust the experts until we can play football again. We are coping okay. We are obviously in the house trying to get fit and training however we can by doing some exercises in the house and the garden,” Said Mata.

 

March 21, 2020

Juventus star, Paulo Dybala, tests positive for coronavirus

Paulo Dybala is the third Juventus player to test positive for coronavirus after Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi. The Argentina international posted a picture on Twitter, with his girlfriend Oriana, confirming that both of them had contracted coronavirus. “Hi everyone, I just wanted to inform you that we have received the results for the COVID-19 test, and both Oriana and I have tested positive, Luckily, we are in perfect conditions. Thanks for your messages” said Dybala on Twitter.

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March 21, 2020

AC Milan star, Paolo Maldini, and his son Daniel Maldini tested positive for coronavirus

Former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini and his son Daniel, a current player for the same club, have both tested positive for coronavirus. “Paolo Maldini learned that he had contact with a person who tested positive and was suffering from symptoms of the virus. He was tested yesterday and found positive for the coronavirus. The same goes for his son Daniel. Paolo and Daniel are in good condition and, have already spent more than two weeks at home without outside contact, as required by medical and health protocols,” said AC Milan officials in a statement.

 

March 21, 2020

Southampton chief executive, Martin Semmens, calls for the Premier League resumption

Southampton chief executive, Martin Semmens, controversially called for the Premier League resumption despite social distancing measures amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying televised matches would show that we're fighting back. Semmens told BBC Radio Solent that he feels the nation would benefit from Premier League games being played and televised daily, given that people are spending an increased amount of time in their homes.

 

March 22, 2020

Former president of Real Madrid, Lorenzo Sanz, dies after a short battle with coronavirus

Former president of Real Madrid, Lorenzo Sanz, dies at the age of 76 after being diagnosed positive for coronavirus. Sanz had initially chosen to stay home although feeling sick so as not to further overwhelm Spain's medical service, but in the end he had no option but to go to the hospital on Tuesday last week as his fever had not lowered for eight days. Already tested positive for coronavirus, Sanz died of a kidney failure last night at the age of 76.

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March 22, 2020

Travel restrictions due to coronavirus won’t bring a halt to A-league says Australian Prime Minister

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, says new travel bans in some Australian states due to coronavirus pandemic, should not bring a force halt to the NRL and A-League seasons, there is still doubt about the future run of these seasons. It is worth mentioning that while many sporting events across the globe including major football leagues especially in Europe have come to a halt due to coronavirus pandemic, both Australian professional leagues, namely A-league and NRL, have continued though behind closed doors.

 

March 22, 2020

Former Madrid forward, Mijatovic, mourns the death of Lorenzo Sanz, died of coronavirus

Former Real Madrid forward, Predrag Mijatovic, described the death of Lorenzo Sanz as "one of the saddest nights" in his life, after the former Real president fell victim to coronavirus at the age of 76. “Leaving like this, without being able to say farewell, without being able to say a final goodbye, is very hard, very sad. It's one of the saddest nights of my life,” said Mijatovic to Spanish newspaper, Marca.

 

March 22, 2020

Former Madrid forward, Mijatovic, mourns the death of Lorenzo Sanz, died of coronavirus

Former Real Madrid forward, Predrag Mijatovic, described the death of Lorenzo Sanz as "one of the saddest nights" in his life, after the former Real president fell victim to coronavirus at the age of 76. “Leaving like this, without being able to say farewell, without being able to say a final goodbye, is very hard, very sad. It's one of the saddest nights of my life,” said Mijatovic to Spanish newspaper, Marca.

 

March 22, 2020

Manchester City’s appeal against the two-year ban from the Champions League could be delayed due to coronavirus pandemic

Manchester City are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have their two-year ban from the Champions League lifted, but their case is delayed as the CAS is dealing with the impacts of coronavirus. City had hoped for a hearing by early summer but that now looks unrealistic given the court in Lausanne has already postponed three hearings and has 16 cases already scheduled until 18 May, with the City case not yet listed.

 

March 22, 2020

Torino’s president, Urbano Cairo, says it’s foolish to resume training

Torino president Urbano Cairo says it is foolish for Serie A clubs to be considering returning to training given the ever-changing circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic. “"If I think back to the Lega meeting on March 10, there were still those who talked about training and returning to play. Those speeches, to be heard now, seem from another planet. I said If we do not take drastic action, moving fans will also contribute to increasing the infection of others. It seems foolish to me to argue a thesis on the basis of contagion data,” said Cairo.

 

March 22, 2020

Toby Alderweireld plans to donate tablets to hospitals to maintain social contact for COVID-19 patients

Tottenham defender, Toby Alderweireld, plans to make it possible for patients in hospitals and nursing homes to video chat with their families and friends by providing them with tablets. “I hope everyone is following the government measures to stop the further spread of the coronavirus. The virus creates many needs, especially the lack of personal contact. If people are sick they can't see their friends, they can't see their family. So my plan is to buy dozens of tablets to give to the hospitals and nursing homes so people can video chat with their loved ones and their friends to get through this tough period,” said Alderweireld in a post on Twitter.

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March 22, 2020

“No one was ready for this hell,” says Italian national team manager, Mancini, in regard to coronavirus pandemic

Italian national team manager, Roberto Mancini, is disappointed Euro 2020 was postponed and described the recent scenes in his country as a punch in the face. “The film of that military convoy that took the coffins away from Bergamo was a punch in the face, the hardest and most striking image. No one was ready for this hell. To think that people are dying because there's a lack of beds and respirators,” said Mancini.

 

March 22, 2020

Wolfsburg to resume training in the face of coronavirus pandemic

Wolfsburg announced their first-team will return to training on Monday despite Germany's social-distancing measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. “VfL Wolfsburg will return to training as planned on Monday 23 March, albeit under special conditions and adhering to strict hygiene measures. Starting early in the morning, head coach Oliver Glasner's side will work in small groups at staggered intervals at the Volkswagen Arena, exclusively using the gym until further notice,” read a statement on Wolfsburg official website.

 

March 23, 2020

Real’s Marco Asensio won the LaLiga FIFA 20 charity challenge, raising funds for the fight against coronavirus

Although coronavirus pandemic has brought a halt on sporting events around the world, LaLiga continued to go ahead over the weekend, though virtually. A single player was invited by Spanish video game streamer, Ibai Llanos, to represent their team in a 20-club FIFA 20 tournament. Marco Asensio who has been sidelined for the entire 2019-20 season due to a serious knee injury took the challenge and beat Leganes' Aitor Ruibal 4-2 in the final, raising over €140,000 which goes to UNICEF as a contribution to help in combatting coronavirus.

 

March 23, 2020

Ligue 1 won't resume until June 15 says the Premiere Ligue president, Bernard Caiazzo

Suspended earlier this month due to coronavirus, Ligue 1 will not resume until at least mid-June according to Premiere Ligue president Bernard Caiazzo. “It is necessary to finish the championship at all costs, even if it means ending it in July-August and resuming in stride. Currently, all the clubs are losing around €250million a month and we cannot play until the curve is reversed. That is to say in July-August, at best on June 15. I am very, very, very worried about all the clubs. Without state aid, within six months half of the pro clubs will file for bankruptcy,” said Caiazzo to France Bleu.

 

March 23, 2020

Eintracht director, Fredi Bobic, worried about financial consequences of Bundesliga ending prematurely due to coronavirus

According to Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director, Fredi Bobic, premature ending of Bundesliga due to coronavirus pandemic means major economic loss for all clubs. “A premature end of the season would of course not be a positive thing. It would be a major economic loss for all clubs and also for Eintracht Frankfurt. We will do everything we can to ensure that we can continue to play football. It's not just about the money, but also about jobs in the club and around it. Many people are directly and indirectly involved with football and live on it,” said Bobic.

 

March 23, 2020

Champions League and Europa League finals postponed due to coronavirus

Both the Champions League and Europa League finals scheduled to take place on May 30 and May 27 respectively - the former in Istanbul and the latter in Gdansk - have been postponed by UEFA due to coronavirus pandemic, along with Women's Champions League final which was orignially to take place on May 24 in Vienna. With the majority of major leagues in Europe to have been postponed as the fears over the coronavirus pandemic grow, it's no surprise that such a decision has come.

 

March 24, 2020

Mourinho volunteers to help elderly to lessen the effects of coronavirus

Tottenham head coach, Jose Mourinho, has volunteered to help the elderly quarantined in Enfield due to coronavirus concerns. Age UK and Love Your DoorStep – a business putting local people in touch with local products and services – have actually received food parcels and other essentials from Mourinho to be delivered to the the people in need in the current crisis. The Spurs boss said in a video posted on the Love Your DoorStep account: "I am here to help Age UK Enfield, Love Your DoorStep Enfield and of course you can donate food, money or be a volunteer."

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March 24, 2020

Footballers encourage the fight against the coronavirus in a FIFA video

In a video released by FIFA, current and former footballers encourage people of the world in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time ever, we, the entire world, are all playing on the same team. Our opponent is a disease! say the footballers.

 

March 24, 2020

Napoli postpone return to training due to coronavirus fears

It was already scheduled for Napoli to resume training on Wednesday despite the coronavirus pandemic, but the club have decided to call it off as the situation gets worse with the coronavirus death toll reaching 6000. “Napoli announces that sporting activity has been suspended until further notice. The date when training will be resumed will be established in due course depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 emergency situation,” said the club on Twitter.

 

March 24, 2020

Wolfsburg resume training in the face of coronavirus pandemic

Despite the growing fears over the coronavirus pandemic and Germany's social-distancing measures, Bundesliga club, Wolfsburg resumed training though in four small groups in two-hour intervals to lessen the contact between players as much as possible. “Obviously we'd all prefer to be playing football but we're aware we need to adapt to the way things are. It's our job to keep ourselves fit, whether that's at home or in small groups like today. Every group had a session in the gym at different times and we worked on the legs and torso,” said striker Daniel Ginczek.

 

March 24, 2020

A-league finally suspended, as announced by FFA CEO, James Johnson

As announced by Football Federation Australia (FFA) CEO, James Johnson, A-league has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. "We alluded in a public statement on Sunday that we were prepared if necessary to take tough difficult decisions. This is precisely what we have done today. The decision which was taken last night and announced this morning was a result of the increased state and national requirements now," said Johnson in an interview.

 

March 24, 2020

Lopetegui asks fans to stay home to avoid coronavirus

Sevilla head coach, Julen Lopetegui, has urged Sevilla's fans to stay home to steer clear of coronavirus. "We are now in trenches and we can't see the other side. We all have our responsibility and we must fight for this to go away as fast as possible. Our responsibility to stay home is very important. This is not a game," said Lopetegui to Sevilla's fans.

 

March 24, 2020

Maldini expects to recover from coronavirus within a week

Paolo Maldini expects to recover from coronavirus within a week after he and his son Daniel Maldini - a current Milan player – were diagnosed with COVID-19 last weekend. However, Maldini, who seems to be in good spirits to recover from the disease, said in a video posted on Instagram: “With this video I wanted to thank all those people who expressed on social media their love and concern for my and my son's health. We're fine. We should be able to get rid of this virus within a week. Thanks for your continuing affection.”

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March 24, 2020

Eredivisie future to be discussed in concern with coronavirus pandemic

The Netherlands government has taken stricter countermeasures against the coronavirus pandemic by banning all gatherings until June 1. In the face of such strict measures it doesn't seem that professional football in Holland will resume soon. However, in a meeting on Tuesday, Dutch football authorities discussed the future of Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie in concern with the coronavirus and new measures taken by the government. It is not yet decided, however, that if the Netherlands professional football leagues should finish their already-postponed seasons or choose to void the 2019-20 season altogether.

 

March 24, 2020

Bundesliga suspension extended until April 30 due to coronavirus

Having already been suspended until April 2 due to coronavirus pandemic, Bundesliga suspension extends until April 30. German Football League (DFL) authorities have decided to extend the suspension of Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga until April 30 amid the growing fears of coronavirus pandemic. “The is aware that all scenarios and options for action also depend on external factors, on the development of which the DFL and clubs have only limited or no influence at all: among other things, the further spread of the virus and the assessment of the situation by politics. Against this background, the presidium of the General Assembly will recommend a further suspension of game operations in the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga until at least April 30,” said DFL in a statement.

 

March 24, 2020

LaLiga current season may be voided but not for sure says Lopetegui

Lopetegui, believes LaLiga suspension could continue to the extent of whole season being voided, but it is not yet decided or clear. “Everything that we have done before, in terms of physical preparation doesn't matter now. It's a scenario that you can't compare to any other. I don't know what's going to happen. I believe this suspension last for a while until we can play with no risk at all. The ones who have to make decisions will decide whether it will be best to modify two seasons or just void the current one," said Lopetegui in a video.

 

March 24, 2020

Man City boss, Pep Guardiola, donates €1m to help against coronavirus

The Angel Soler Daniel Foundation which is among the organizations tackling the coronavirus pandemic, received €1million from the Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, as donation which will be used in the supplement of medical supplies and equipment. “Former football player and former FC Barcelona coach and current Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has made a donation of one million euros to the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation for the purchase and supply of medical equipment in the face of a health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic” said the organization in a statement.

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March 24, 2020

Messi donates €1m to Barcelona Hospital Clinic to help combat coronavirus

As confirmed by Barcelona Hospital Clinic, Lionel Messi has made a personal donation to the facility to help it in purchasing or production of medical supplies and equipment needed to combat coronavirus. The hospital has thanked Messi in a tweet that reads: “Leo Messi made a donation to fight against COVID-19 in the clinic. "Thank you very much, Leo, for your support and your commitment.”

 

March 25, 2020

European football not to resume soon in the face of coronavirus pandemic says Italian star, Cannavaro

Former Italy, Juventus and Real Madrid defender Cannavaro , Fabio Cannavaro, believes European football may not resume until the end of the current season in May as the coronavirus rages across the globe. "In less than a month it is not known what is going to happen in the world. I think it will take a long time for this to end in Italy and Spain. It will be difficult for European football to return before the season ends,” said 43-year-old Cannavaro to COPE.

 

March 25, 2020

Eredivisie captains ask fans to stay home to avoid coronavirus

Captains of all 18 Eredivisie clubs have asked fans online to stay home to support the fight against the coronavirus. “… we are facing an enormous challenge, not just me or our sport but the world as a whole. Just like us, you are no longer able to live a normal life. That is why we, along with all Eredivisie captains, want to give you some extra support… stay at home as much as you can. Stay positive and think of those around you,” said the captains in a video.

 

March 25, 2020

We have one big opponent, COVID-19, says FIFA boss to fans

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, asks football fans around the world to remain united in the face of coronavirus pandemic. "We have to show we are working together as one big team," says FiFA president, Gianni Infantino, to football fans in a video.

 

March 25, 2020

Season can be completed by July, says Eredivisie general manager

Although Eredivisie general manager, Mattijs Manders, says they are trying to end the season by June 30, still there are two other options available to determine the fate of the professional league: to prolong the current season until July or to void it altogether.

 

March 25, 2020

Galatasaray boss, Terim, on road to recover from coronavirus disease

Tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, Galatasaray head coach, Fatih Terim, says he's feeling fine now and hopes to recover soon from the disease. The 66-year-old manager, mostly in charge of Turkish national team and Super Lig giants, Galatasaray, during his career, tweeted on Wednesday: "I feel so beautiful and special that I feel every prayer in my heart. This is a test for all of us and we will pass this test with your prayers and your good wishes. I'm fine, and I hope I'm going to get better. I thank every one of you in my heart."

 

March 26, 2020

€20m support fund for German teams amid coronavirus pandemic

Four Bundesliga clubs also present in the Champions League, namely Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen, have created a support fund of €20million to be given out to German clubs struggling with financial difficulties due to coronavirus pandemic. Clubs have not been immune to financial problems caused by the suspension of major leagues in Germany. The situation has actually forced some to cut salaries or take similar measures.

 

March 26, 2020

Bernabeu stadium to store medical equipment amid coronavirus pandemic

Real Madrid's Bernabeu will be used as a storage space for medical equipment and supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. According to a statement from the 13-time European champions, they are working with Spanish National Sports Council to supply and distribute strategic medical supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. Not only Real will facilitate donations to the Spanish Ministry of Health, but also their 81,000-seater stadium, Santiago Bernabeu, will be used as a storage space for medical equipment.

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March 26, 2020

Barcelona file a claim to cut wages with LaLiga on hold

Barcelona have filed an ERTE that will see the wages of both players and club staff cut during the coronavirus crisis. It was reported on Wednesday that Barca's squad refused to take a 70 per cent pay cut and the club, after a meeting of the board, have now confirmed they have filed a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) process. The ERTE will impact both sports staff – including the men's senior squad and all professional teams  – and non-sports staff.

 

March 26, 2020

Liverpool boss Klopp and Beckham pay tribute to NHS workers

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and former Manchester United star David Beckham expressed their gratitude towards healthcare workers in the United Kingdom amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Myself, the staff and all the players of LFC would like to take this opportunity to deliver a message to say thank you to all the incredible people who work in the health services, all the health workers, if you want, out there,” Klopp said, and Beckham also showed his gratitude on social media by saying: “It's unbelievable what you are doing and on behalf of all of us from LFC, I would like to say thank you. Or, how we would say in Germany, vielen dank.”

 

March 26, 2020

FFA lays off 70% of its staff to cope with financial stagger caused by coronavirus

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has laid off approximately 70 per cent of its staff in a bid to save money amid the coronavirus pandemic. “This has been an extremely difficult decision to make, but necessary to stabilise the organisation so that it can continue to service the game, albeit in a vastly different landscape," FFA chief executive, James Johnson, said in a statement.

 

March 27, 2020

Dybala feeling much better one week after he tested positive for coronavirus

Juventus forward, Paulo Dybala, is feeling "much better" after experiencing strong symptoms of coronavirus over the past week. “oday I feel much better, without any symptoms and I can move much better, so I will try to train again. After having attempted to in the days where the symptoms were strong, I felt uncomfortable very quickly and I couldn't get any air so I couldn't do anything. After about five minutes I felt really tired and my body felt heavy, my muscles hurt and I had to stop. But luckily both me and my girlfriend feel much better now,” twitted Dybala.

 

March 27, 2020

Mbappe donates a considerable sum to Abbe Foundation Pierre charity amid coronavirus pandemic

Kylian Mbappe has made a generous donation to the Paris-based charity Abbe Pierre Foundation as France continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic. “Concerned about the consequences of the serious health crisis which strikes our country, but also of all the consequences which it can generate on the most fragile people, Kylian Mbappe has just made a very large donation to support the work of the Abbe Pierre Foundation,” the charity said in a statement.

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March 28, 2020

Belarusian football continues in the face of coronavirus pandemic

Although major leagues in Europe have been suspended due to coronavirus pandemic, Belarus Premier League continues with fans present at stadiums. “In Belarus, it's like no one cares. Everybody here knows what's happened to Italy and Spain. It doesn't look good. But in our country, people in the presidential administration believe it's not as extreme as the news says." former Bundesliga player Aleksandr Hleb told the English newspaper The Sun earlier.

 

March 28, 2020

Unnamed Australian footballer tests positive for coronavirus

Finally, an Australian footballer to test positive for coronavirus; a Newcastle Jets player tested positive for coronavirus within a week A-League was suspended. In a statement on Saturday, Newcastle confirmed a player of them had tested positive for COVID-19, but was feeling fine. Part of the statement read: “In accordance with relevant protocols, NSW Health has been notified of the case by the club and the correct procedures have been followed throughout. The player and his family are in good health, and currently in quarantine.”

 

March 28, 2020

Wellington Phoenix staff member tests positive for COVID-19

The Wellington Phoenix confirmed a member of their football operations staff had tested positive for coronavirus. In a statement on Saturday, the A-League club said: “The Wellington Phoenix advise that a member of the club's football operations staff has tested positive for COVID-19. The club is cooperating fully with all the relevant health authorities and is focused on supporting staff, as well as ensuring that all government protocols are being closely adhered to.”

 

March 28, 2020

Celtic players are like caged animals, says Celtic manager, Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says his players are like caged animals as they wait for the green light to return to training amid the coronavirus pandemic. “They're like caged animals. These are young, fit men who're used to an almost regimented way of living. Their routine is training and playing. All of that is gone. Some of them will be cooking for themselves for the first time in their lives. Mentally, the change can put a strain on them. They're used to intensity and suddenly it's not there. We're very aware of the mental [health] side of this. We all need to keep our wellbeing in order” he said to BBC Sport.

 

March 28, 2020

Premier League stars spread the word in the face of coronavirus pandemic: Stay at home, save lives

Although several nations are in a lockdown state and citizens are not allowed to leave their homes except when it's necessary, the Premier League stars managed to spread the word "stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives" to people around the world in the face of coronavirus pandemic. Among them is Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling who said in a video shared on Instagram and Twitter: “We need to stay at home, let's help our NHS by staying home, only leave if you need food, medicine or exercise," Sterling said. "The NHS have been doing a fantastic job so let's help them continue doing their wonderful work."

 

March 28, 2020

Roma to give out free tickets to medical staff fighting coronavirus

Roma have decided to give out 5000 free tickets to medical staff and frontline workers fighting with coronavirus pandemic for their next match after the virus crisis has ended. The Serie A side said they will dedicate their first home match in front of fans after football returns to honouring and celebrating the medical workers who have been on the frontline of the battle against COVID-19.

 

March 28, 2020

Juventus agree with first-team players on temporary salary cut

As the coronavirus rages across the globe, Juventus and their first-team players including Cristiano Ronaldo have agreed upon a temporary salary cut so that the club can save money in these dire straits. The agreement between Juventus and their first-team players will save the club around €90million which will be a boost for the club amid the coronavirus crisis. Juventus are coping with financial issues coming from the fact that they have not played since their match against Inter on March 8.

 

March 28, 2020

LaLiga put up charity event to help combat the coronavirus pandemic

Normally Saturday nights, there were fixtures in LaLiga to be played and entertain people, but in the face of the growing coronavirus pandemic, that entertainment has been limited to an online festival of music with LaLiga musicians performing and LaLiga stars, particularly Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, speaking of the need to unite in these dire straits as the coronvirus pandemic continues spreading unrestrained. The fest raised funds to buy medical equipment and supplies in the fight against coronavirus to €625,000 through donations by fans who were encouraged to donate to Banco Santander Foundation.

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March 28, 2020

2019-20 season may be voided says UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin

European football has been on a halt for a time due to coroanvirus, with Euro 2020 postponed to a year later. If the situation continues and European leagues cannot resume some time between the end of April and the beginning of June, it is possible that 2019-20 season is announced null by UEFA as the president, Ceferin, says. “If we don't succeed in restarting, the season will probably be lost. There is a plan A, B and C. The three options are to start again in mid-May, in June or at the end of June. There is also the possibility of starting again at the beginning of the next season, starting the following one later. We will see the best solution for leagues and clubs,” said Ceferin to La Repubblica Publications.

 

March 28, 2020

Ex-Barca goalkeeper, Rustu Recber, tested positive for coronavirus

As revealed by his wife Isil, Rustu Recber, the great Turkish goalkeeper who has played for Barcelona and Fenerbahce during his club career, has tested positive for coronavirus and hospitalized in a Turkish hospital. “I would like to give you more positive news while sharing the truth in the most transparent way, but I'm sorry to say that my husband Rustu is hospitalised with the diagnosis of COVID-19. We are shocked by the rapid symptoms that developed suddenly when everything was normal. These are critical and difficult times,” said Rustu’s wife on social media.

 

March 29, 2020

FFA chief defends A-League suspension time despite positive cases of coronavirus

The A-League was the last competition in Australia to be suspended on Tuesday only after two positive cases of coronavirus were reported at the league, namely a Newcastle Jets player and a staff member of Wellington Phoenix. However, FFA chief, Johnson, believes there was nothing wrong with the A-league suspension time, saying to Fox Sports on Sunday: “… This decision to close the A-League, or to suspend the A-League, was made with the unanimous support of all the A-League clubs and was made in close consultation with the players' union on behalf of the players. We did have a very unified decision and we had unity in the sport which we've not really seen for a long time. I think the timing to close the league, to suspend the league, was right, I think we arrived at the right time.”

 

March 29, 2020

Serie A continued until the last moment in the face of coroanvirus says Inter defender, Godin

Although Seria A has been put on hold for some time due to coronavirus pandemic, but as Inter defender, Diego Godin, discussed it continued until the last moment in the face of the growing pandemic. “We were exposed until the last moment. They kept pulling the rope to see if you could continue playing, until the situation was unsustainable. The health system collapsed, there are no intensive care beds to attend so many critically ill people and people who may have another illness, they cannot attend to them, so many professional doctors,” said Godin to ESPN.

 

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