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No booze, no autographs: Tokyo 2020 unveils fan rules with a month to go
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No booze, no autographs: Tokyo 2020 unveils fan rules with a month to go

No alcohol, no hugs, no cheers and no autographs: Tokyo Olympic organisers unveiled tough new rules for spectators at the pandemic Games on Wednesday, as they marked one month until the opening ceremony. Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto warned festivities "will have to be suppressed" to keep the Games safe, and conceded that organisers will need to be "creative" to stoke a party atmosphere. Games chiefs decided on Monday to allow up to 10,000 spectators into competition venues, but Hashimoto warned them not to expect the kind of festival mood currently being enjoyed by football fans at Euro 2020. "In Europe, the venues are filled with celebration," she said. "Unfortunately, we may not be able to do the same." Spectators will need to clear several antivirus requiremen...
Euro 2020: Pogba opens up on Rudiger’s bite after France beat Germany
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Euro 2020: Pogba opens up on Rudiger’s bite after France beat Germany

  Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has played down Antonio Rudiger’s bite following France’s Euro 2020 1-0 win over Germany on Tuesday night. Pogba also called on UEFA not to suspend the Chelsea defender over the incident. France defeated Germany at the Allianz Arena following Mats Hummel’s first-half own goal. But Rudiger caused controversy before the half-time after he was caught biting Pogba when they were together off the ball. Pogba complained to Spanish referee, Carlos del Cerro Grande, who took no action, while VAR didn’t appear to review the incident. “In terms of Tony [Rudiger], we are friends. There was nothing big,” Pogba, who was named man of the match, said at his post-match press conference after the game. “I think you saw the television ...
Premier League Bans Away Fans for Final two matches of 2020/2021 season
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Premier League Bans Away Fans for Final two matches of 2020/2021 season

  The Premier League has said away fans will not be allowed into stadiums for the final two matches of the 2020/2021 season. Up to 10,000 supporters will be allowed in for round 37 fixtures on May 18 and 19 and for round 38 fixtures on May 23. This is based on the UK government going ahead with the planned easing of coronavirus restrictions on May 17. However, the league has decided to limit this to home spectators. “Following consultation with clubs, it was agreed matches would not be open to away supporters due to varying operational challenges across the league and the need to deliver a consistent approach, while maximizing the opportunity for home-fan attendance,” a league statement read. “The safety and security of supporters is of paramount importance. Club...
Irish PM Calls UEFA ‘Out of Order’ Over Euro 2020 Stance
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Irish PM Calls UEFA ‘Out of Order’ Over Euro 2020 Stance

Ireland’s Prime Minister Micheal Martin said Sunday UEFA was “out of order” over its insistence fans must attend Euro 2020 matches, which led it to drop Dublin as a host city. European football’s governing body announced Friday that the Irish capital and Bilbao in Spain would no longer host matches in the delayed competition. The move followed Irish football chiefs and the Basque government saying they were unable to give assurances on minimum spectator levels. The four matches once destined for Dublin three group games and a last-16 tie will now be held in St Petersburg and London, while Seville has stepped in to replace Bilbao. “I thought UEFA were out of order, quite frankly, putting that condition on countries,” Martin told Irish public broadcaster RTE. “To force spect...
Nigerian UFC star, Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal Come Face to Face ahead of their Highly-anticipated Rematch on Saturday
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Nigerian UFC star, Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal Come Face to Face ahead of their Highly-anticipated Rematch on Saturday

Nigerian-born martial arts champion, Kamaru Usman and his next opponent Jorge Masvidal have come face to face ahead of their highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 261. Masvidal, 36, was unable to defeat reigning champion Usman, 33, when the pair first met on Fight Island last year and is now looking to have another shot in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday night, April 24. 'I do my math on everybody,' the American said on Thursday, April 22. 'Being in there for 25 minutes it makes me know that my math is a lot more sharper. 'One thing is thinking in your head and one thing is feeling the strength level, the endurance, his rhythm, how he moves, how he is thinking, how he reacts to certain situations. 'So I take that blueprint and bring it into my next fight, execute my maths...
Iheanacho Sends Foxes into FA Cup Final
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Iheanacho Sends Foxes into FA Cup Final

Kelechi Iheanacho fired Leicester into their first FA Cup final since 1969 as 4,000 spectators witnessed their 1-0 win over Southampton at Wembley. Iheanacho's swept finish at the second attempt after 55 minutes was enough to ensure the Foxes progress to face Chelsea. There is expected to be 21,000 in attendance - including far more supporters - when they return to Wembley on May 15 looking to win their first-ever FA Cup. James Maddison missed two good chances to extend Leicester's lead following his introduction off the bench in front of the watching Gareth Southgate, but one goal was enough for Brendan Rodgers' side. Southampton last reached the FA Cup final in 2003 but failed to register a shot on target - the best chance falling to Ibrahima Diallo - as their run came to a ...
Leicester City vs Southampton: 4,000 Fans to Attend FA Cup Quarter-final
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Leicester City vs Southampton: 4,000 Fans to Attend FA Cup Quarter-final

  The United Kingdom Government has decided to allow up to 4,000 fans to attend the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton. The march, according to Daily Mail, was selected by the government as the first football test event for the return of spectators. Leicester City and Southampton will face each other on April 18 in one of the FA Cup semi-finals. The other one will be played between Manchester City and Chelsea. However, fans of both Southampton and Leicester City will not be part of the 4,000 spectators to attend the game. Instead, the tickets will be given to local residents of Brent as well as health service workers. According to the report, the move by the government is to gain information on how to keep large crowds safe amid COVID-19. La...
Tottenham Hotspur vs Man City: Fans to Attend Carabao Cup final
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Man City: Fans to Attend Carabao Cup final

  The EFL are confident fans will be in stadiums for the Carabao Cup Final in April. This follows positive talks over making the game safe for supporters to return. Tottenham and Manchester City meet at Wembley stadium on April 25. The match was initially excluded from a list of events that would welcome a reduced number of spectators during the roadmap out of lockdown. The EFL have since campaigned for what chairman Rick Parry has described as “the pinnacle of the season”. Asked on Sky Sports about fans attending the Final, Parry said recently: “Clearly we are hopeful. We didn’t enter into this season thinking we were going to be without fans. “Of course, the Carabao Cup isn’t a dress rehearsal for us, it’s the pinnacle of the season and a really important ev...
Manchester United Say They Can Safely Host 23,500 Fans At Old Trafford
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Manchester United Say They Can Safely Host 23,500 Fans At Old Trafford

Spectators have been barred from games since the league resumed in June after a three-month hiatus due to the pandemic, with fans last present at Old Trafford during United's 2-0 derby victory over Manchester City in March. The U.K. government had hoped to allow limited crowds back into sporting venues from October, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson put those plans on hold last month amid a surge in cases. "We spent around two months working with the government guidelines to... make sure we can have around 23,500 people in this stadium safely social distancing," United's chief operating officer Collette Roche told Sky Sports. "It's quite bemusing to understand why people can gather in other settings such as on an aeroplane or a restaurant, or even in a cinema to watch football,...
Teddy Bears As Spectators During Korea Baseball League Games
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Teddy Bears As Spectators During Korea Baseball League Games

Last month, Korea’s professional baseball league kicked off its 2020 season, but with some measures due to COVID-19. One of those measures is the absence of fans cheering their favorite teams on from the stands. In their place, a few creative alternatives. During the season opener in May, a 2-D crowd filled the stands as banners with images of actual fans were displayed at Incheon’s SK Happy Dream Park. On June 3, stuffed animals sent in by Hanwha Eagles fans filled the stands at the Hanwha Life Insurance Eagles Park in Daejeon for the Hanwha Eagles-Kiwoom Heroe game. Officials said once fans are allowed to return to their rightful place in the stadium, the stuffed animals will be donated to the Green Umbrella Children's Foundation.
Prolonged Absence Of Fans Could Damage Football, Wenger Tells
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Prolonged Absence Of Fans Could Damage Football, Wenger Tells

Staging football matches without spectators must only be a short-term fix during the COVID-19 pandemic as the prolonged absence of fans could damage the game, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says. The German Bundesliga became the first major football league to resume since the novel coronavirus outbreak shut down sports earlier this year. The Bundesliga return behind closed doors is now being closely watched by other leagues. “Will it survive long term? Will it damage the show long term without supporters? I am convinced of that,” FIFA’s head of global development Wenger said. “You cannot imagine a whole season without any spectators. That’s why I believe it a short-term solution. “It is still the best possible way to get a verdict for the end of the season. It’s be...
Coronavirus: UK Govt Releases New Guidelines for Premier League Resumption
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Coronavirus: UK Govt Releases New Guidelines for Premier League Resumption

The UK government on Wednesday released new guidelines that sports clubs and athletes will follow ahead of the English Premier League (EPL) resumption date. DAILY POST recalls that the UK government had a few days ago given EPL and all other top-level sports in England the green light to restart the season next month but behind closed doors and without spectators until a coronavirus vaccine is found. EPL is currently suspended indefinitely, with nine matches remaining due to the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe. However, Sky Sport reports that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) issued a document on Wednesday featuring guidelines designed to allow each sport to make a risk assessment on when it’s safe for training to resume amid the COVID...
McIlroy, Johnson to Feature in Virus Relief Charity Match
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McIlroy, Johnson to Feature in Virus Relief Charity Match

Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson will face off against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in a skins match to raise money for the coronavirus relief effort, organisers announced on Monday. The TaylorMade Driving Relief event will take place on May 17 at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, a joint statement said. The PGA Tour, NBC Sports and Britain’s Sky Sports will televise the match, which will raise funds for the American Nurses Foundation and CDC Foundation, two organisations helping to lead COVID-19 relief efforts. No spectators will be allowed to access the event, which will follow strict social distancing guidelines as laid down by the US Centers for Disease Control. A statement said “appropriate testing measures” would be put in place to protect the health of playe...
Ten (10) Players Test Positive to COVID-19 in Bundesliga 1, 2
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Ten (10) Players Test Positive to COVID-19 in Bundesliga 1, 2

Authorities of the German Football League (DFL) on Monday disclosed that ten players from the country’s top two divisions (Bundesliga 1, 2) have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), according to Sky Sports. The ten people tested positive after a total of 1,724 COVID-19 tests were carried out on players from 36 clubs in Bundesliga 1 and 2. DAILY POST recalls that the Bundesliga has been suspended since March this year due to the spread of coronavirus across the globe. The Bundesliga is ready to return to action on May 9 if the German government gives it the green light. “If we start on May 9, we are ready. If it is later, we will be ready again,” DFL Chief Executive, Christian Seifert, said in April. “For us, what is decisive is what the politicians will decide. It...
Coronavirus: Wayne Rooney Gives Condition for Football to Resume in England
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Coronavirus: Wayne Rooney Gives Condition for Football to Resume in England

Former England striker, Wayne Rooney, has said football in England would be on hold until it is safe for both players and supporters. The FA decided to suspend fixtures on Friday, after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Calum Hudson-Odoi, tested positive to coronavirus. April 3 has been fixed as a tentative date for resumption of football. But Rooney, writing in his The Times column, made it clear they were ready to play until September if need be. “Thankfully football made the right call in the end. We had to put the season on hold. Some people won’t be happy but I just think, in this case, football has to come second. It’s a sport. It’s just a sport. “We’re happy to play until September if the season extends to then, if that’s how it has to be. That’s our...
Algerian Protest Movement Faces New Threat: Coronavirus
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Algerian Protest Movement Faces New Threat: Coronavirus

Algerians are watching to see whether a global epidemic will do what the ruling authorities they describe as le pouvoir – the powers that be – have failed to achieve, and quell a year of mass protests. The street demonstrations in Algiers and other cities take place on Fridays and Tuesdays, and protesters contacted by Reuters were divided over whether to march this week. On Thursday, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered schools and universities to close after health authorities said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had risen to 24 with one person dead. The government has already decreed measures to stop the disease spreading, including a ban on spectators at sports events, and on political, social and cultural gatherings. However, the authorities have not said wh...
Two Children Rescued as Fire Guts Building in Ketu, Lagos
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Two Children Rescued as Fire Guts Building in Ketu, Lagos

A building in Ketu Lagos was engulfed in flames this evening.   The building, located at Ile-Ile bus stop, opposite Delta Crown in Ketu Lagos State had a huge crowd gathered in front of it as they helplessly looked at the house getting burnt. In a footage from the scene, spectators can be heard talking about a gas explosion, though this has not been confirmed. Two children were trapped in the burning apartment but they were eventually rescued and were rushed to a hospital for treatment.
Solskjaer Makes History in Man Utd’s Win Over Man City
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Solskjaer Makes History in Man Utd’s Win Over Man City

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Wednesday became the only manager in English football to beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City twice at the Etihad following his side’s 1-0 victory over the Premier League champions in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg encounter. Recall that Solskjaer had defeated Guardiola’s side 2-1 in the Premier League at Etihad last December. The Norwegian also said the decision of the referee to send off midfielder, Nemanja Matic in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win over Man City at the Etihad Stadium was an ‘absolute joke’. Matic, who scored the only goal of the encounter, was shown a yellow card for a foul on Riyad Mahrez before being given another for a foul on Ilkay Gundogan 14 minutes from time. “It’s hard to score with 11 here, never ...
Multiple people struck and injured by lightning at PGA tour championship in Atlanta
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Multiple people struck and injured by lightning at PGA tour championship in Atlanta

The PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta, United States was called off after six spectators were injured as a result of lightning strikes on Saturday August 24.   The sad incident occurred after a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship was struck by lightning which shattered the bark all the way to the bottom. The injured victims include four adults and one female juvenile who had sought shelter beneath the tree after the PGA Tour event was suspended for about 30 minutes because of storms in the area.      "One strike occurred near the maintenance area, while another struck a tree near the 16th tee. Debris from that strike injured six people" the organizers said in a statement.   The five individuals were transported to area hospitals after being treated...
Jubilation as Sunshine Stars beat MFM 4-2 to Escape Relegation
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Jubilation as Sunshine Stars beat MFM 4-2 to Escape Relegation

The Akure township stadium was on Sunday electrified with jubilant spectators following the victory of Sunshine Stars over visiting MFM Football Club as well as the club’s escape from relegation. Sunshine Stars, who humbled their visitor 4-2, were before the match in the relegation zone as they were 9th on the league table with 26 points, while MFM were 4th with 32 points. The final match day 22 victory meant the Owena Whales will escape the drop from the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, to the Nigeria National League, NNL. Dayo Ojo gave Sunshine stars the lead from the spot at the 19th minute in the tension-soaked match after the refree, Imam Malik, whistled against MFM’s defender, Zikiye Jonathan, for hand-ball offence in the visitors...
How Social Investments Can Help Rejuvenate Domestic Football
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How Social Investments Can Help Rejuvenate Domestic Football

As election season rounds up this weekend, it is important to start looking at how the “new” government can help stimulate growth in the domestic football scene that has the potential to become bigger than it presently is. Despite the fact that the flagship Nigerian Professional Football League is in its eleventh week, matches are not on television. Since the 2017 season when SuperSport put an end to a broadcast agreement with the League Management Company, there has not been any consistent televising of the matches. The attempt to get the NTA to broadcast the NPFL in the 2018 season was largely unsuccessful. When the national broadcaster managed to show a game, the quality was uninspiring and incomparable to the kind of UHD/4K broadcast signals that we are used to getting from internat...
Over 4,000 Runners from 42 Countries for 2019 Access Bank…
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Over 4,000 Runners from 42 Countries for 2019 Access Bank…

Over 4,000 runners from 42 countries around the world have registered to participate in the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. This figure does not include the over 200 professional elite cast mostly from Asia, Europe, America, Kenya, Ethiopia and other East, Central and South African countries. Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Head of Communications and Media, Olukayode Thomas, revealed that Americans are the highest number of foreigners that will be coming to Lagos for 2019 race slated for February 2, 2019. Japanese are a close second. Other countries whose citizens have registered for the 2019 race include Holland, Germany, Israel, Poland, England, New Zealand, Canada, Egypt, Austria, Tunisia, Norway, Denmark and others. Thomas is optimistic that the number will increa...
Ikoyi Club, Seven-Up to Host Secondary School Tennis Competition
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Ikoyi Club, Seven-Up to Host Secondary School Tennis Competition

As part of its commitment to promote tennis development in Nigeria, the tennis section of the prestigious Ikoyi Club is set to host the maiden edition of secondary school tennis competition in partnership with Seven-Up Bottling Company in Lagos. The championship, which will be open to boys and girls in both the senior and junior categories is to involve secondary schools students between the ages of 10 and 15years. It is scheduled to run from December 10 to 15th, 2018 at the club’s courts in Ikoyi. Interested schools are expected to register their players and officials on the organiser’s website. Speaking at a press briefing, Chairman, Tennis Section, Ikoyi Club, Mr. Abimbola Okubena, disclosed that the idea behind the championship was borne out of the club’s drive to encourage ...
Eagles, Cranes Battle to Scoreless Draw in Asaba
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Eagles, Cranes Battle to Scoreless Draw in Asaba

Fierce rivals Nigeria and Uganda settled for a goalless draw in an entertaining friendly played at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba yesterday. There was a full house at the arena for what was the first –ever international football match in the capital of Delta State, and though the spectators rooted for a win for the three-time African champions, they went home satiated by the endeavour of the Super Eagles and the spirit of competition between both teams. The draw in the Asaba Friendly was the second time in eight matches by three-time African champions against the Uganda Cranes. It was also the Super Eagles’ second draw in five games since losing 2-1 to Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. For the two nations, the international friendly served as preparation for t...
Ikpea Reaffairms No Faction In Nigeria Football Supporters Club
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Ikpea Reaffairms No Faction In Nigeria Football Supporters Club

Samuel Ikpea, the National Chairman, Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), says there is nothing like factions in the body set up to cheer the country’s national teams in football competitions. Nigeria Football Supporters Club in South Africa Ikpea told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that some members who violated the laid down rules of NFSC and were shown the way out, decided to form their own supporters club. “I want to make the correction again that there is nothing like faction in the Nigeria Football Supporters Club; I have said it several times and will continue to say it. “The idea is for Nigerians and those who are concerned to get it straight once and for all, and we will remain objective and live up to responsibility,’’ he said. He noted that ...
UniPort Bubbling For WAUG
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UniPort Bubbling For WAUG

University of Port Harcourt is set to host the 14th West Africa Universities Games(WAUG) billed for October 31 to November 12 at the University Sports Complex in Port Harcourt, River State. Sixteen West African Universities and 5000 athletes will compete in 16 events with UniPort Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ndowa E.S. Lale promising an experiential and memorable sports fiesta for competitors and the millions of spectators and revelers who being expected to grace the occasion. Already, UniPort sports officials are eagerly waiting for the Games to begin, so that once more their athletes who have dominated three consecutive editions of the Games can begin to showcase their prowess. “We are the undisputed champions of the WAUG. University of Port Harcourt is a sports destination and our at...
AFCON 2019 Qualifier: Akwa Ibom Govt Subsidises Gate Fees By 50 Per cent
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AFCON 2019 Qualifier: Akwa Ibom Govt Subsidises Gate Fees By 50 Per cent

The Akwa Ibom government has slashed the price of tickets to the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo to watch Nigeria against Libya this Saturday, an official said on Tuesday. Spectators will now pay as low as N500 for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match slated for Uyo between the Super Eagles and the Mediterranean Knights on Saturday. Paul Bassey, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Gov. Udom Emmanuel on Sports, said the gesture was aimed at encouraging many fans to be at the stadium to cheer the Eagles to victory. “Fans will have to pay as low as N500 to watch the crucial game from the popular stands. “Gate fee for the popular stands was initially N1,000, but this has changed now. Also, those wishing to watch from the VIP stands would have to pay N1,000 instead...
Saudi Women Attend Football Match For The First Time Ever
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Saudi Women Attend Football Match For The First Time Ever

Thousands of Saudi women swarmed into the country's King Fahd Stadium to watch a professional football match live on Saturday, the first time for the stadium to receive female spectators. The Saudi professional League game between home team Riyadh Al-Hilal and Jeddah Al-lttihad attracted nearly 50,000 spectators, both men and women.

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