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Coronavirus: UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin concedes 2019-20 season could be lost

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Aleksander Ceferin says it is possible that UEFA would have to consider the 2019-20 season null and void if play cannot be restarted.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has acknowledged the 2019-20 season across Europe would likely be lost if football is unable to restart by the end of June.

The 2019-20 season has been suspended indefinitely across most of Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Euro 2020 also pushed back to 2021.

While leagues are hoping to restart between the end of April and the beginning of June, there is as yet no definite return date and Ceferin has conceded it may be impossible to finish the season at all.

In that case, UEFA’s president has suggested the campaign would have to be considered as null and void.

“If we don’t succeed in restarting, the season will probably be lost,” Ceferin told Italian publication 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.

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“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.”

Some matches on the continent, including Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, were played behind closed doors earlier this month, and Ceferin stated playing games without fans in attendance may be the only solution in order to complete the season.

“It’s hard for me to imagine all the matches behind closed doors, but we still don’t know whether we’ll resume, with or without spectators,” he said.

“If there was no alternative, it would be better to finish the championships.”

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PSG Part Ways With Silva In Pomp And Fair

Thiago Silva has been described as one of the greatest players in Paris Saint-Germain history as he prepares to complete a transfer move to English side, Chelsea FC.

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On Thursday, August 27, French Division One side Paris Saint-Germain, PSG paid an affectionate honour to departing captain, Thiago Silva.

PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi in video tribute said, “Thiago, thank you for eight years of unforgettable memories, leadership and commitment. You are one of the greats and your legendary status at PSG will live forever.”
He added, “My very best wishes to you and your family for your new adventures, you will always be part of our family and our history, Merci Captain.”

Silva, 35, is expected to sign a two-year deal with Chelsea, according to reports in Britain.

In France, Brazil’s centre-back enjoyed eight trophy-laden years with the French champions, winning the Ligue 1 title seven times and five French Cups while making 315 appearances for PSG.

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End of the road for Choupo-Moting at PSG?

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Recruited by Thomas Tuchel  as a “supplement” player, Choupo-Moting was quickly adopted internally, both by the squad’s managers and by the players but his performances were below expectation, giving way to a series of disapprobation from PSG fans and sports analysts.

His heroic entry  against Atalanta with the winning goal at the 93rd minute in the quarter-finals of the Champions League therefore changed prospects and attitude towards him. Fans and some players would like the management to extend the 31-year-old for another season, as L’Equipe reported on Monday, the day after the final defeat to Bayern (0-1).

Unfortunately, the Indomitable Lion didn’t feature regularly for PSG (9 appearance in the Ligue 1 championship), but he can still make a decent reserve.
According to PSG pundits, Leonardo (PSG’s sporting Director) is working on the arrival of an additional international-level center-forward, called to be a “joker” behind the Mbappe-Icardi-Neymar trio, or even to become a starter in case Icardi doesn’t live up to expectation.

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Under these conditions, it is far from certain that he is offering a new lease to Choupo Moting, as he looks forward to the recruitment of a free agent forward who will be offering more guarantees than the Cameroonian.

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Vincent Pajot stays at FC Metz

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Vincent Pajot stays at FC Metz

Vincent Pajot played with the Greens between 2015 and 2018. (Vincent Van Doornick / Isosport / Presse Sports)

FC Metz formalized the final transfer of Vincent Pajot, Wednesday afternoon.

Loaned by Angers with option to purchase on December 31, 2019, midfielder Vincent Pajot (29) will remain in Lorraine. FC Metz formalized this Wednesday afternoon i its final transfer. Author of three assists in eight matches in the jersey with the Lorraine cross, the midfielder is now linked with the garnet club until June 30, 2022.

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