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Ilkay Gundogan: Fair to award Liverpool Premier League title if season not completed
30.03.2020
It would only be "fair" to award Liverpool the Premier League title if the season is not completed because of coronavirus, says Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. With football in England suspended until at least 30 April, Liverpool have a 25-point lead over defending champions City and are two wins from a first top-flight title in 30 years. Asked if the Reds should be given the trophy if the season is cut short, Gudogan told German broadcaster ZDF: "For me, that would be OK, yes." "You have to be fair as a sportsperson," the 29-year-old Germany international added. Premier League clubs are due to meet on 3 April, when it is almost certain the current postponement until the end of April will be extended again. That will take it past the official end of the English Football League season and towards the last round of Premier Leag
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Season could be lost, says Uefa boss Aleksander Ceferin
29.03.2020
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin says the current football season could be lost if it cannot be restarted by the end of June. Most leagues in Europe are suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, with this summer's Euro 2020 tournament postponed for another year. Ceferin says seasons could be finished behind closed doors. "If we don't succeed in restarting, the season will probably be lost," the Slovenian said. He told Italian newspaper La Repubblica: "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." As it stands there are nine games to be completed by the majority of Premier League
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Mikel Arteta: Arsenal manager on coronavirus recovery
27.03.2020
People should be "emotionally more open" after the coronavirus pandemic, says Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta following his recovery. Arteta, 38, tested positive for the virus on 12 March but has since recovered after self-isolating. "We are in a world here where everything is social media, everything is a WhatsApp text," the Spaniard said. "But how important is touching each other, feeling each other and hugging each other? "I miss that with a lot of the people I love. "We have to be emotionally more open. We have to tell each other what we are feeling." Arteta reported feeling unwell after it was confirmed Evangelos Marinakis - the owner of Greek side Olympiakos, who played Arsenal in the Europa League in February - had coronavirus on 10 March. On Thursday Arteta said he was feeling "completely recovered" and
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Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast - Premier League's best goalscorers
26.03.2020
The Premier League has showcased some legendary players but it's the strikers who are the great entertainers and have provided the most memorable moments. Alan Shearer holds the record for most Premier League goals with 260, while Ian Wright scored 113 - but who has been the greatest goalscorer of them all? Shearer, Wright and Gary Lineker discussed the topic on the latest episode of the new Match of The Day: Top 10 podcast and we want you to get involved by ranking your favourites from a shortlist drawn up by the Match of the Day commentary team. To hear the MOTD team's final selections - recorded during a debate held in Lineker's kitchen - make sure you listen to the podcast on BBC Sounds. And at the bottom of the page have a go at ranking the 10 players yourself. Listen to the second episode of Match of the Day: Top 10 How to judge the Premier L
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Pep Guardiola: Manchester City manager donates 1m euros to fight coronavirus
25.03.2020
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has donated 1m euros (£920,000) to fight the coronavirus outbreak in Spain. Guardiola, who is at his home in Barcelona, has been working with his lawyers over the past few days to work out the best way of using the money. It will go to a campaign being promoted by the Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation. Spain is one of the worst affected countries in Europe. Official figures on Tuesday showed that 2,696 people had died in the country and close to 40,000 are infected. The money will be used to help purchase medical equipment and protective material for the hospital staff involved in treating those admitted to hospital. The Catalan region is one of the areas in Spain which has the most concentrated number of cases. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both reportedly donated 1m eur
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Роналду и Мендеш оплатят организацию трех отделений интенсивной терапии в двух больницах Португалии
25.03.2020
Как сообщает ESPN, Криштиану и его агент Жорже Мендеш полностью профинансируют организацию трех отделений интенсивной терапии в двух больницах. Один из госпиталей расположен в Порту, другой – в Лиссабоне. «Жорже Мендеш и Криштиану Роналду построят два отделения интенсивной терапии для лиссабонской больницы. Каждое крыло будет полностью оборудовано всем необходимым для ухода за критически больными пациентами с коронавирусом и рассчитано на десять коек. Эти подразделения будут названы в честь Мендеша и Роналду», – рассказали в больнице Лиссабона. Сам Роналду находится на карантине на острове Мадейра. Ранее три игрока «Ювентуса» (Даниэле Ругани, Блез Матюиди и Пауло Дибала) заболели коронавирусом, но Криштиану сдал отрицательный тест. По состоянию на 24 марта в Португалии зафиксировано около 2360 случаев заражения
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Tokyo 2020: Why is Olympic decision taking so long?
24.03.2020
Even the Olympics is not immune. It now seems almost certain that Tokyo 2020 will be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. But as the IOC gives itself another four weeks to mull over a delay, what forces are at play behind the biggest peacetime decision world sport has ever seen? Why do they need so long to do what most now see as the only option? And what will the fallout be? On Tuesday afternoon, the British Olympic Association (BOA) will add their voice to those demanding a postponement, following an emergency conference call with UK Sport, performance directors, and representatives of TeamGB athletes. Even an actual withdrawal has not been ruled out, depending on the strength of feeling among participants. Ben Hawes, chair of the TeamGB athletes' commission, told BBC Sport he would present a "strong viewpoint" that postponement is
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Coronavirus: Olympic doubts grow as Canada withdraws athletes
23.03.2020
The 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo have been thrown into further doubt after Canada became the first major country to withdraw. Their announcement came shortly after the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, admitted for the first time that the games could be postponed. Meanwhile, the Australian team has said it was "clear" the games could not go ahead, and told its athletes to prepare for a 2021 games. The games are due to begin on 24 July. What did Canada say? The country's Olympic and Paralympic committee said it had taken "the difficult decision" to withdraw after consulting athletes, sports groups, and the Canadian government. It then "urgently called" on the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, and World Health Organization, to postpone the games for a year. "While we recognise th
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Lorenzo Sanz: Former Real Madrid president dies after contracting coronavirus
22.03.2020
Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz died on Saturday after being hospitalised with coronavirus. Sanz, 76, was president at the Bernabeu from 1995-2000, a period in which Real won the Champions League twice. "My father has just died," wrote Sanz's son Lorenzo Sanz Duran on Twitter. "He did not deserve this end in this manner. One of the best, most courageous and hard working people I have seen in my life. His family and Real Madrid were his passion." Sanz signed players such as Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf and Davor Suker during his time in charge of the 33-time Spanish champions, He lost the 2000 presidential election to Florentino Perez, which sparked Real's big-spending 'Galatico' era. Sanz's son Fernando, 46, played for Real Madrid from 1996-1999 before spending the final seven years of his career at Malaga.
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Coronavirus: English football suspension extended until at least 30 April
20.03.2020
English football will be suspended until at least 30 April because of the continued spread of coronavirus. All games in England's Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League and Women's Championship, and all fixtures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, are currently postponed. The Football Association has also agreed that the current season can be "extended indefinitely". Under current rules the season had been scheduled to end on 1 June. A joint statement issued by the FA, Premier League and EFL expressed "a commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 season" and completing all domestic and European matches "as soon as it is safe and possible to do so". Q&A: What does extension mean for English football? Man Utd to pay casual matchday staff even if season is cancelled Last week, West Ham vice-chair Karren B
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