Illegal football match is a concern in the French virus point

Illegal football match is a concern in the French virus point

An illegal football match played in France’s eastern city of Strasbourg sparked fears on Tuesday (26 May) the game could lead to a resurgence of the coronavirus virus in one of the worst-affected areas in the country. The match, played on Sunday between teams from the city’s districts of Neuhof and Hautepierre in a local stadium, attracted some 400 spectators in defiance of rules still in place to battle the virus. France began easing strict lockdown measures a fortnight ago, but gatherings remain limited to 10 people. The football game…

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Ferrari is expected to sign Carlos Sainz instead of Vettel in the 2021 F1 season

Ferrari is expected to sign Carlos Sainz instead of Vettel in the 2021 F1 season

Ferrari are shortly expected to conclude a deal to sign Carlos Sainz from McLaren to replace Sebastian Vettel for the 2021 Formula One season. As a result Daniel Ricciardo is believed to be moving from Renault to replace Sainz. Both moves are expected to be announced before the end of the week. Ferrari taking on Sainz to partner Charles Leclerc ends conjecture that Lewis Hamilton would join the Scuderia. Ferrari announced on Tuesday they would not be renewing Vettel’s contract after this season and the team wants to quickly conclude a deal…

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Kiosk merchants issue a security alert on the planned return of horse racing to action

Kiosk merchants issue a security alert on the planned return of horse racing to action

Some races should be started without stalls as a means of reducing risk when the sport returns to action, two stalls handlers have told the Guardian. The men, who did not wish to be named, said they could not imagine how the established rules of physical distancing could be maintained during their skilled and dangerous work of guiding racehorses into the starting stalls. Neither of the men has been given any information about what safety precautions will be put in place, even though there is talk of the sport resuming…

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We may not see international football until 2021, says FIFA vice president

We may not see international football until 2021, says FIFA vice president

Most international football might not be played until 2021 because of coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions and the need to give club competitions the chance to resume, one of Fifa’s vice-presidents has said. Victor Montagliani, a Canadian who is president of the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean (Concacaf), has been heading a Fifa working group formulating plans to deal with the implications of the sport being largely shut down since last month. Fifa already has called off international matches that were due to be played in…

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Khabib Nurmagomedov challenges Dana White and says that he will not fight at UFC 249

Khabib Nurmagomedov challenges Dana White and says that he will not fight at UFC 249

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says he won’t leave quarantine in Russia to fight, dealing another blow to UFC President Dana White’s determination to hold UFC 249 in two weeks despite the coronavirus pandemic. Nurmagomedov made his announcement on Wednesday on Instagram, telling the mixed martial arts world to “take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes.” Nurmagomedov, who is unbeaten in his 28 professional fights, was scheduled to fight top contender Tony Ferguson (25-3) in the main event of UFC 249, which was initially scheduled for Brooklyn…

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Belgium boss backs ‘unlucky’ former Chelsea star Eden Hazard to shine for Real Madrid

Belgium boss backs ‘unlucky’ former Chelsea star Eden Hazard to shine for Real Madrid

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez believes that Eden Hazard will find his form at Real Madrid following his ‘unlucky’ debut campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu. Hazard left Chelsea following the Europa League victory against Arsenal to join the La Liga giants but has struggled for fitness, featuring in just 10 league matches and scoring one goal. With five further appearances in other competitions but no more goals, concerns have been raised about his performances since his major move. However, Martinez is adamant that Hazard will hit the peak of his abilities…

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After talks between Shinzo Abe and Thomas Bach, a decision was made postpone the Olympic Games to Tokyo

After talks between Shinzo Abe and Thomas Bach, a decision was made postpone the Olympic Games to Tokyo

The Tokyo Olympics are to be postponed until 2021 after talks between Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach. Abe said they had established that cancelling the Games was out of the question, and that Bach had agreed “100%” that a postponement was the most appropriate response to the global disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “We agreed that a postponement would be the best way to ensure that the athletes are in peak condition when they compete and to guarantee the safety of…

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Wimbledon and the Open may suffer the effects of a ruined summer

Wimbledon and the Open may suffer the effects of a ruined summer

Concern that the jewels of the British sporting summer will be threatened by the Covid-19 virus is increasing, with heightened uncertainty over Wimbledon and the Open at Royal St George’s. Wimbledon is still planning to stage the championships from 29 June to 12 July unless the government’s emergency planning means otherwise. However, it is understood the All England Club, which has been contingency planning since January, has a growing realisation the unprecedented situation with the virus could scupper its summer centrepiece. While a decision is not expected until next month, training for…

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Football “mini-cities” offer a first-class green training ground

Football “mini-cities” offer a first-class green training ground

Stadiums are a great environment in which to trial sustainability measures because of the number of people who regularly attend sporting and entertainment events, according to those involved in their day-to-day running. Plastic-free football matches, ample bike-parking facilities, clean energy and water-recycling systems are just some of the environmental ideas football grounds around Europe are looking to roll out. Fans and the wider general public are more and more concerned with green issues – be they climate change, plastic litter or air pollution – and sport is looking to tap…

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Jürgen Klopp presses the reset button and insists that defeat can help Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp presses the reset button and insists that defeat can help Liverpool

Liverpool’s defeat at Watford can be used as a moment to “restart”, according to Jürgen Klopp, who expects the experience to provide a jolt that helps them to recapture the dazzling form they have shown this season. Klopp said their first Premier League defeat of the campaign, which followed a run of relatively sluggish performances, may have come at a good time to hone their focus for the next three months. The centre-back Dejan Lovren thought similarly and suggested Liverpool have lacked their usual aggression since the winter break. When…

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