Belgian Football Union also wants “test” events for return of supporters

Belgian Football Union also wants “test” events for return of supporters

The sports sector is hoping that it will be able to organise “test in-person” events following the announcement last week that a “test concert” will be held in the city of Spa by the end of March. “We have been contacted by the Belgian Football Union, which wishes to be on the side of those who come up with solutions” for the public’s return to the stadiums, the co-organiser of the Francofolies de Spa music festival, MR parliamentarian Charles Gardier, said on Sunday. The renewed interest in in-person events was…

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Netherlands Women hammer Belgium

Netherlands Women hammer Belgium

Netherlands Women booked their first victory of the year with a 6-1 victory over Belgium. Netherlands were the strongest side from the start with Lieke Martens hitting the bar early on before Vivianne Miedema made it 1-0 in the 33rd minute. Miedema also hit the bar and Netherlands had to wait until the 54th minute to make it 2-0 through Jill Roord. Marie Minnaert pulled one back for Belgium, but that proved to just be a consolation as Stefanie van der Gragt quickly made it 3-1 with a header. Martens…

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Belgium will play two of the opening World Cup qualifiers in provincial town Leuven

Belgium will play two of the opening World Cup qualifiers in provincial town Leuven

Belgium will play two of their opening World Cup qualifiers in Leuven, electing to stay in the provincial town they first used late last year, the Belgian football association said on Wednesday. The Group E opener against Wales on March 24, and a meeting with Belarus six days later at the start of the bid to qualify for Qatar 2022, will be hosted at Den Dreef in Leuven, about 30km from the capital Brussels, where the national team usually play all their matches. Belgium, who have topped the FIFA world…

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Diatta scores to help Club Brugge extend unbeaten run against 10-man Royal Antwerp

Diatta scores to help Club Brugge extend unbeaten run against 10-man Royal Antwerp

The Senegal international found the back of the net for the seventh time this season as the Blue and Black secured victory at Bosuilstadion. Krepin Diatta was on the scoresheet in Club Brugge’s 2-0 victory over Royal Antwerp in Sunday’s Belgian First Division A game. The midfielder played his 13th game of the season for the Jan Breydel Stadium outfit and made a significant impact in the encounter. The Senegal international registered his seventh goal of the season to ensure his side extended their unbeaten run.

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Guardiola: I hope Lionel Messi ends career at Barcelona

Guardiola: I hope Lionel Messi ends career at Barcelona

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he is unsure what the future holds for Lionel Messi but hopes as a Barcelona fan that the Argentine forward will remain at the La Liga club until the end of his career. Guardiola, who has guided City to two Premier League titles, three League Cups and the FA Cup following his arrival in 2016, signed a new two-year deal on Thursday that will keep him in charge until the end of the 2022-23 season. The former Barca manager’s extension at City has opened…

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Cases Covid-19 delaying the match for the sale and reject devices in Northampton

Cases Covid-19 delaying the match for the sale and reject devices in Northampton

The pandemic is wreaking havoc with Premiership’s grandstand finish after Sale’s final-round match against Worcester at the AJ Bell Stadium was postponed until Wednesday with the Warriors citing health and safety concerns caused by the Sharks recording 16 positive Covid-19 tests. However, the match will only go ahead if Public Health England is satisfied after another round of tests at the Manchester club on Tuesday and an investigation into the source of the outbreak finds Sale did not breach protocols. Meanwhile, Northampton’s match at Gloucester has been cancelled after a…

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Eliud Kipchoge denies that Nike platform shoes gives edge in London racing

Eliud Kipchoge denies that Nike platform shoes gives edge in London racing

Eliud Kipchoge has rejected suggestions that the next generation of game-changing Nike shoes violate the spirit of sport, even though he has conceded that they could give him a major advantage in Sunday’s London Marathon. The world record holder confirmed that he would wear the Alphafly Nexts, which resemble platform shoes and are claimed to improve running economy by between 5-8%, for the first time in an official race. There have been calls for the controversial running shoes to be banned, especially after the Kenyan used them to become the…

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Stefano Domenicali will be the new CEO of Formula 1

Stefano Domenicali will be the new CEO of Formula 1

The former Ferrari team principal, Stefano Domenicali, is set to be announced as the new chief executive of Formula One. Domenicali will replace Chase Carey before the 2021 season and a formal announcement from owners, Liberty Media, confirming his appointment is expected shortly. Domenicali was sporting director at Ferrari when they took six consecutive constructors’ championships, between 1999 and 2004. The 55-year-old Italian took over as team principal from Jean Todt, who had led the team through that great success with Michael Schumacher, in 2008 – the last time the…

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US Open’s return to Winged Foot brings sad memories to Tiger Woods

US Open’s return to Winged Foot brings sad memories to Tiger Woods

A shock Geoff Ogilvy victory. Disasters at the 72nd hole for Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie. When the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot is the subject for discussion, Tiger Woods isn’t a typical point of reference. Which is unusual in golf context of that era. There is a clear mitigating circumstance. Back-to-back rounds of 76 meant Woods missed the cut in New York. Far more significant was the backdrop; it was his first major appearance since the passing of his father. “I was not prepared to play and still…

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Tour de France: Adam Yates holds the lead while Lutsenko interrupts the sixth stage

Tour de France: Adam Yates holds the lead while Lutsenko interrupts the sixth stage

An untroubled Adam Yates, of Mitchelton-Scott, retained the overall lead in the 2020 Tour de France on a day in which the main favourites took a back seat and allowed a stage-long breakaway to run its course. Alexey Lutsenko of Astana emerged from a small but select group of escape artists to win the sixth stage of this year’s race to Mont Aigoual in the Cévennes, while the overall contenders were happy to give some of the lesser lights their moment in the sun. The eight-man breakaway built a big…

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