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Category: Europe

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How to solve the football season dilemma

Bernard Wilson suggests a way to get round the problems caused by the coronavirus-related shutdown of English footballCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt hardly matters in the grand scheme of things but, in anticipation of a …

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Last league standing: Belarusian football basks in new-found popularity

Belarusian Premier League has signed 10 new TV rights dealsOnly cases of coronavirus reported in the countryWith professional football at a virtual standstill around the globe, fans in need of their weekly fix are turning to the Belarusian Premier Leag…

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Last league standing: Belarusian football basks in new-found popularity

Belarusian Premier League has signed 10 new TV rights dealsOnly cases of coronavirus reported in the countryWith professional football at a virtual standstill around the globe, fans in need of their weekly fix are turning to the Belarusian Premier Leag…

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Last league standing: Belarusian football basks in new-found popularity

Belarusian Premier League has signed 10 new TV rights dealsOnly cases of coronavirus reported in the countryWith professional football at a virtual standstill around the globe, fans in need of their weekly fix are turning to the Belarusian Premier Leag…

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Russian Athletics Federation fined $10m for breaching anti-doping rules

World Athletics imposes unprecedented financial penaltyTen Russians will be allowed to compete as neutrals at OlympicsThe Russian Athletics Federation has been hit with an unprecedented $10m fine for repeatedly breaching anti-doping rules. World Athlet…

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All sport in Italy suspended until 3 April amid coronavirus outbreak

Serie A programme will be affected by suspensionAnnouncement does not affect international competitionsAll sporting activity at all levels in Italy has been suspended until 3 April at the earliest, the Italian national Olympic committee (CONI) has anno…

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Anger as F1 teams get go-ahead to drive on Dutch nature reserve

Teams allowed to take beach route to get to Netherlands’ first F1 grand prix in 35 yearsThe return of Formula One to the Netherlands after 35 years has become mired in controversy after two racing teams got the green light to drive across a beach natur…

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Young Manchester United fan writes to Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp and gets reply

Ten-year-old Daragh Curley wrote to the Liverpool manager asking him if he could make his team lose a few gamesThe Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, has said he was so charmed by the sheer cheek of a young Manchester United fan who wrote to ask whether …

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Vintage winter sport posters – in pictures

A selection of vintage ski and winter sports posters dating back to the early 20th century showcasing resorts from the Alps to Yosemite, from poster artists such as Emil Cardinaux, Dwight Shepler and Arthur Zelger, from a collection to be auctioned in …

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Vintage winter sport posters – in pictures

A selection of vintage ski and winter sports posters dating back to the early 20th century showcasing resorts from the Alps to Yosemite, from poster artists such as Emil Cardinaux, Dwight Shepler and Arthur Zelger, from a collection to be auctioned in …

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Italian referee banned from football for one year after headbutting goalkeeper

Antonio Martiniello and Matteo Ciccioli clashed after matchReferee had earlier sent Ciccioli off in regional league gameAn Italian football referee has been banned from officiating or attending football matches for one year, after headbutting a goalkee…

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French ice skating president resigns over sexual abuse scandal

Long-serving head denies protecting coach accused of rape and sexual abuse by figure skatersThe long-serving head of France’s skating federation has resigned amid suspicions that he covered up for a coach accused of rape and sexual abuse by former figu…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic statue is toppled by fans of former club Malmö

• Former Malmö player has bought stake in rivals Hammarby• Bronze statue has been target of repeated attacksAfter weeks of vandalism, the controversial statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Malmö has finally been knocked over.The monument, which is located o…

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Swell news for Tahiti as Paris opts to host Olympic surfing 10,000 miles away

Organisers criticised over environmental impact as site is thousands of miles from host cityThe organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics have chosen Tahiti as the site for surfing events, arguing that the waves are more dependable than the French coast, d…

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World chess champion on the verge of topping fantasy football table

Magnus Carlsen climbs to third spot of Fantasy Premier League but puts his success down to ‘luck’Magnus Carlsen, the world’s best chess player for the last decade, is on the brink of reaching the top in another game – fantasy football.The grandmaster i…

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Croatia wrongly deports Nigerian table tennis players to Bosnia

Organisers of competition students travelled to attend demand their return to Nigeria The organisers of an international student sports competition have called for two Nigerian table tennis players to be returned to their own country after Croatian pol…

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Paris wants to host Olympic surfing competitions on Tahiti

Polynesian island is suggested as alternative to Atlantic coast locations of French mainlandFrance is proposing to hold the 2024 Olympic surfing competitions on the island of Tahiti.Paris, which will host the summer Games, has reportedly suggested the …

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Chelsea are back in fashion – but Roman Abramovich is out in the cold

Special report: A young, resurgent side are delighting fans but the club’s billionaire owner is feeling the chill after years of being welcomed by the British establishmentIn the final minutes of Chelsea’s crisp win over Crystal Palace in their last ho…

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Olympic committee’s deal with Airbnb angers Paris authorities

Mayor of 2024 host city has promised to rein in website, blamed for pushing up rentsParis city authorities have reacted angrily to what they call a “risky” deal between the Olympic committee and the short-term tourist rental company Airbnb.Officials in…

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Raymond Poulidor obituary

French cyclist who achieved a record eight podium finishes in the Tour de France but never wore the leader’s yellow jerseyRaymond Poulidor, who has died aged 83, became France’s most popular cycle racer – and arguably its most best-loved sportsman – th…