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Coronavirus: UEFA and clubs commit to ending season by June 30

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After moving Euro 2020 to next year, UEFA announced a commitment to completing the European club football calendar by the end of June

UEFA has announced a commitment to see all European and domestic club competitions for the 2019-20 season completed by June 30.

Earlier on Tuesday, following discussions during a video conference convened by UEFA, it was announced Euro 2020 would be postponed by 12 months to account for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic upon the sporting calendar.

That theoretically freed up room for remaining club commitments to be seen through by the recognised end of the season – June 30 being the date when out-of-contract players would normally cease to be employed by their clubs.

European football is on a virtual continent-wide shutdown as part of efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19, with the Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and LaLiga on hold until the start of April and Ligue 1 indefinitely.

 

Last week, UEFA postponed its forthcoming Champions League and Europa League ties, with both competitions in the midst of their last-16 phases.

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A release signed by the UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli, European Leagues president Lars-Christer Olsson and FIFPro Europe president Bobby Barnes specified “a commitment to complete all domestic and European club competitions by the end of the current sporting season, i.e. 30 June 2020 at the latest, should the situation improve and resuming playing be appropriate and prudent enough”.

The statement continued by outlining flexibility in terms of scheduling domestic matches in midweek slots and UEFA club competition fixtures at weekends, and added “possible adaptations” to the qualifying rounds of the 2020-21 Champions League and Europa League were possible if the June 30 target date is not met.

Reports earlier on Tuesday floated June 24 and 27 as potential respective slots for the Europa League and Champions League finals.

A working group comprised of UEFA, league and club representatives will now be established to find solutions “allowing for the resumption and/or conclusion of the current season in a coherent manner”.

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A second working group will be established at a later date to assess the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis and offset any adverse consequences.

Any completion of club commitments must factor in the scheduled June international break, when UEFA intends to stage qualification play-offs for what is now Euro 2021.

The Women’s Euro 2021, the 2021 European Under-21 Championship and the 2021 Nations League finals will all be rescheduled as a result of the men’s European Championship moving to July 11 to June 11 of that next year, although UEFA has not confirmed new dates for those affected tournaments at this stage.

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Bundesliga: Leroy Sane Returns Home And Signs A 5 Years Deal With Bayern Munich

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By Elvis Kang Sports Writer, Cameroon


The German international Leroy Sane returns home and signed 5 years deal with the Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich this Friday 3 July 2020 after a contract talks between him and the management of Manchester city failed to push through 

According to Sky Sports and the BBC, the Bundesliga champions did not give the transfer fee, Bayern and City agreed on a fee of £54.8 million. But German daily Bild claim the fee is around 50 million euros.

The 24-year-old spent four years at City, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups, and two Community Shields, but European success eluded him.

His transfer became an open secret as Guardiola revealed earlier this week that Sane was likely to leave after rejecting a new contract offer with a year left on his existing deal at City.

Sane scored 39 goals in 135 appearances in all competitions for City after joining from Bundesliga club Schalke in 2016.

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His arrival on Wednesday in Bavaria was much hyped with reporters at Munich airport using smartphones to film the landing of a private jet from England before Sane was whisked away for his medical.

Leroy Sane now targeted Champions League glory with Bayern Munich after joining the Bundesliga giants from Manchester City

It should be noted that He is not eligible to feature in this Saturday’s German Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin but will start preparing for the 2020/21 season next week, the club has said.

Sane has 21 caps and five goals for Germany but was a shock omission from the squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia when the holders bowed out in the group stage.

Sane is Bayern’s third new signing for next season alongside French teenage defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi from Paris Saint-Germain and goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel from Schalke, both of which were free transfers.

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Bundesliga: substitutes no longer required to wear a mask

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Bundesliga: substitutes no longer required to wear a mask

Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen) can drop the mask off the edge of the field. (Ulrich Hufna / Eibner-Pressefoto / EXPA / Presse Sports)

The German League and Federation have announced a relaxation of certain rules adopted against the coronavirus.

Substitutes, staff members as well as members of the club delegations in the stands are no longer required to wear the mask, “on condition of respecting a distance of 1.5 meters between people” .

The new rules come into force this weekend and concern the Bundesliga, the Second and the Third Division as well as the Women’s Championship and the German Cup finals.

 

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The Germany Football Board has Cancelled the Yellow Card that Sanctioned Jadon Sancho for Paying Tributes to George Floyd.

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The Germany Football Board announced they will remove the yellow card that Sanctioned Jadon Sancho for Paying Tributes to George Floyd. They further declared,  they will not punish any player who stands against racism in football. 

This comes after FIFA President Gianni Infantino Says Players protesting over George Floyd’s death deserves applause, and not to be punished.

The FIFA boss also emphasized on the fact that leagues should use “common sense” when considering rules prohibiting political slogans, statement or images in games.

Also the European football governing body and the English FA also declared that, they will allow mister Floyd’s tributes when their competitions resume.

Sancho paying tribute to George Floyd

Mr. Floyd is a black man and former community college basketball player who died after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and stopped pleading for air.

His death has sparked nationwide protest in the United States and other countries as many call for justice for George Floyd.

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