Saudi school football league kicks off 

The second edition of the Schools Football League was launched on Monday by Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal (picture) and Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
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Updated 28 January 2020

Saudi school football league kicks off 

RIYADH: Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the board of directors of the General Sports Authority (GSA) and Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh, minister of education, launched on Monday the second edition of the Schools Football League.  

Prince Abdulaziz said that the project is one of the authority’s most important initiatives, which is organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Education to develop a new generation of Saudi footballers.

“We understand the sport’s needs and the aspirations of our country to hone and empower new talents so as to achieve what is befitting this country and its sons. The School League project represents a key step and starting point to reach the best results,” he said.

The prince added: “The School League project is the most important for us in the GSA towards building a promising generation capable of creating a better future for our sport. All sports fans, me included, were delighted with what was achieved in the first version of this project.”

The project saw the participation of 5,000 schools, more than 11,000,000 teams and 150,000 students who played in 47 Saudi provinces and cities.
 


Coronavirus forces fan ban at Italian football games

Updated 25 February 2020

Coronavirus forces fan ban at Italian football games

  • The Europa League game between Inter Milan and Ludogorets on Thursday will be affected
  • Italy reported its fifth death from the virus on Monday and it has the most confirmed cases in Europe

ROME: Upcoming matches in Italian Serie A and the Europa League will be played behind closed doors to combat the spread of coronavirus, the Italian sports minister announced on Monday evening.
“Following the demands of the sports world and knowing that the ban on sporting events open to the public remains in force in six regions of northern Italy, we have agreed to the holding of matches behind closed doors,” said Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora after a meeting of the Council of Ministers.
The Europa League game between Inter Milan and Ludogorets on Thursday will be affected, but the minister did not specify which Serie A matches at the weekend would be included in the ban.
There are six games in the regions he mentioned, including the clash on Sunday evening between leader Juventus and third-place Inter.
Italy reported its fifth death from the virus on Monday and it has the most confirmed cases in Europe.
Napoli’s Champions League match against Barcelona on Tuesday is not at risk.
The alternative to banning fans is to postpone games and Gabriele Gravina, the president of the Italian Football League made clear earlier in the day that he was opposed to thats.
“We have made an official request to Health Minister Roberto Speranza to have this game played behind closed doors,” Gravina told the press. “We expect a quick response, but we have been told that the outcome will be positive.”