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World Cup likely to stay in Qatar despite new bribery accusations in US

US prosecutors say three Fifa officials took bribes during votingQatar supreme committee denies any allegations of wrongdoingThe 2022 World Cup is highly unlikely to be moved from Qatar despite the latest criminal indictment by the US Department of Jus…

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World Cup likely to stay in Qatar despite new bribery accusations in US

US prosecutors say three Fifa officials took bribes during votingQatar supreme committee denies any allegations of wrongdoingThe 2022 World Cup is highly unlikely to be moved from Qatar despite the latest criminal indictment by the US Department of Jus…

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Premier League clubs will ask players to take 30% wage drop

Salary drop will come via cuts, deferrals or bothLeague gives £125m to lower clubs and £20m to NHS and needyCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coveragePremier League players will be asked to take a 30% drop in their wages, via cuts …

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Clubs risk Champions League exclusion if seasons abandoned prematurely

Uefa, Europe’s leagues and top clubs determined to finish seasonJuly and August finishes are being looked at Uefa and the Europe’s football leagues and top clubs have emphasised their determination to complete this 2019-20 season despite the coronaviru…

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It was wrong to play against Atlético, says Liverpool’s public health director

Game may have influenced rise of coronavirus in LiverpoolFan with symptoms talks of dangers to supporters that nightCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageLiverpool’s Champions League tie at Anfield with Atlético Madrid should n…

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Premier League tells PFA players will have to share in financial pain

Deferrals of wages not cuts wanted by footballers’ unionEnglish leagues stress that players must share financial lossesThe Premier League and EFL have urged the footballers’ union to accept that players will have to take pay cuts, not just deferral of …

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Uefa meeting to discuss options over end of football season

Working groups set up on 17 March and will report backPlayer contracts beyond 30 June one possible sticking pointAll of Europe’s 55 national football associations will hold a video conference with Uefa on Wednesday to discuss the latest proposals for h…

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‘I thought it was appalling that the Atlético fans were allowed to come’

Liverpool supporters angry that 3,000 people from Madrid travelled when their own city was shutting downCoronavirus updates | See all our coronavirus coverageAt a packed Anfield on that floodlit night not two weeks ago, before anybody knew Liverpool’s …

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Football’s leaders put squabbles aside to strike heartening tone in a crisis

As the coronavirus crisis deepened this week, it was heartening to see Uefa, Fifa and others show some leadershipCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageIn normal times, last experienced in Britain only a week ago, it might have …

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Premier League, EFL and WSL football will not restart before 30 April

FA extends season indefinitely in attempt to finish it Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe provisional date of the first weekend in April for the resumption of professional football has been pushed almost a month further on …

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Premier League expected to push for season to be completed

Season currently suspended until early April due to Covid-19Matches behind closed doors will be consideredCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageAt a conference call scheduled for 10.30am on Thursday representatives of all 20 Pr…

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Premier League and EFL working to help crisis-hit clubs, says FA

Chief executive Mark Bullingham aware of impending struggle‘We are having lots of conversations with stakeholders’The Football Association is working with the Premier League, EFL and the government to consider how help can be provided to clubs falling …

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Premier League and EFL working to help crisis-hit clubs, says FA

Chief executive Mark Bullingham aware of impending struggle‘We are having lots of conversations with stakeholders’The Football Association is working with the Premier League, EFL and the government to consider how help can be provided to clubs falling …

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Barnet lay off all non-playing staff as club counts cost of coronavirus

Around 60 employees put on notice of redundancyNational League club’s owner calls for Premier League helpCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNational League club Barnet have responded to the suspension of football during the cor…

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Euro 2020 postponed for a year by Uefa because of coronavirus crisis

Tournament was due to be held from 12 June to 12 JulyAim is play it in 2021 and finish club competitions this summerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThis summer’s European Championship has been postponed until the summer of 2…

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Euro 2020: what will Uefa’s video conference realistically decide?

Restarting leagues across Europe is still an unknown but a definitive decision to cancel Euro 2020 is expectedUefa called the video conference last Thursday forTuesday to discuss football’s response to the coronavirus crisis, with all 55 of Europe’s fo…

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Uefa searches for a plan at crisis talks with layoffs on the horizon

Euro 2020 likely to be postponed for a yearHead of players union warns ‘jobs are on the line’The “unprecedented crisis” facing British and European football because of coronavirus could result in serious economic consequences with insolvencies and layo…

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Uefa searches for a plan at crisis talks with layoffs on the horizon

Euro 2020 likely to be postponed for a yearHead of players union warns ‘jobs are on the line’The “unprecedented crisis” facing British and European football because of coronavirus could result in serious economic consequences with insolvencies and layo…

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Questions abound but resolutions unclear for football’s shutdown | David Conn

With this season unlikely to resume on 3 April plans for a cancellation such as a 22-team Premier League for next term have been proposedAfter the unprecedented decision on Friday to postpone professional football for three weeks, a senior Premier Leag…

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English football’s shutdown until April means season may never be completed

Suspension of Premier League and EFL provides ‘holding period’European Championships set to be postponed until 2021Senior administrators in football already accept that the postponement of the season due to coronavirus is very likely to last longer tha…