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Premier League clubs agree changes to Covid postponement rules

  • LONDON: Premier League clubs must have at least four positive coronavirus cases in their squad before a match can be called off under new guidance issued Wednesday following a number of controversial postponements. The change comes after criticism of the way some clubs were perceived to be exp...

No more beer bottles in front of Muslim Euros players: Officials

  • LONDON: Officials running the European Football Championship have announced that they will stop placing bottles of beer in front of Muslim players. The decision comes after French star Paul Pogba moved the tournament’s sponsor drink during a press conference last week. Pogba, a devout Musli...

Fans banned from Tokyo Olympic venues as virus emergency imposed

  • TOKYO: Fans will be banned from Olympic venues in Tokyo and the capital will be under a virus state of emergency throughout the pandemic-postponed Games, Japan’s government announced Thursday just two weeks before the opening ceremony. The decision means Tokyo 2020 will be the first Games ever...

Jubilant Italians celebrate Euro 2020 victory to forget pandemic

  • ROME: Italians spilled into the streets from Milan to Palermo to celebrate their national side’s Euro 2020 triumph over England on Sunday, pushing aside thoughts of the pandemic which has gripped the nation. In the heart of the capital Rome, a concert of car horns and foghorns rang out am...

Tokyo logs record 5,042 cases as infections surge amid Games

  • TOKYO: Tokyo reported 5,042 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, its most since the pandemic began as infections surge in the Japanese capital hosting the Olympics. Tokyo has been under a state of emergency since mid-July, and four other areas of the country have since been added. But the measur...

Arteta seeks clarity over Covid rules as Premier League goes on alert

  • LONDON: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has called for clarity over Covid-19 postponement rules after Premier League sides were told to return to emergency protocols to limit the spread of the virus. Tottenham’s Europa League Conference game with Rennes on Thursday was postponed after Spurs repor...

Guardiola news conference off after inconclusive COVID test

  • MANCHESTER, England : Manchester City canceled Pep Guardiola’s news conference on Friday after the manager’s COVID-19 test returned inconclusive, the club said. Guardiola was scheduled to talk to the media ahead of the Premier League leader’s match at Newcastle on Sunday. Half of the schedule...

Liverpool wants Arsenal cup match postponed over COVID

  • LIVERPOOL, England: Liverpool has requested the postponement of Thursday’s match against Arsenal in the English League Cup semifinals because of more suspected COVID-19 cases at the club. First-team training was canceled at Liverpool on Tuesday after more positive tests among players and staff...

5 Man City players isolating after contracting COVID-19

  • LONDON: Five Manchester City players are continuing to isolate and won’t be available for the game against Chelsea after contracting the coronavirus, manager Pep Guardiola said Friday. Ahead of Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge, City has returned to training after the virus outbreak led to the ...

England fans urged not to fly to Rome for Euro 2020 quarter-final

  • LONDON: England fans have been urged not to travel to Rome for their side’s Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine on Saturday as coronavirus restrictions mean even those with tickets cannot use them.Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Germany at a raucous Wembley propelled Gareth Southgate’s men into the...