Coronavirus: Augsburg coach Herrlich to be absent for Bundesliga return after rule breach

Augsburg have announced coach Heiko Herrlich will not be present when they face Wolfsburg on Saturday after he breached coronavirus restrictions. Herrlich admitted to leaving the team hotel on Thursday, which is not allowed due to the rules in place ahead of the Bundesliga's resumption behind closed doors. This weekend's game was due to be … Continue reading Coronavirus: Augsburg coach Herrlich to be absent for Bundesliga return after rule breach

Barzagli steps down from Juventus coaching role

Andrea Barzagli has announced his decision to step down from Juventus' coaching staff. The former defender retired from playing at the end of last season after helping Juve claim an eighth successive Serie A title – all of which he was involved in. The 2006 World Cup winner, capped 73 times by Italy, confirmed on … Continue reading Barzagli steps down from Juventus coaching role

Coronavirus: Bundesliga to allow five substitutions, relegation if season is completed

Bundesliga clubs will be able to use five substitutes when it returns from a suspension enforced due to the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday, the German Football League (DFL) announced on Thursday. The new rule was approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to help protect player welfare with fixtures set to come thick and … Continue reading Coronavirus: Bundesliga to allow five substitutions, relegation if season is completed

Coronavirus: Premier League on course for June restart, culture minister suggests

The Premier League appears to be on course for a June return after positive talks between the government and English football's key governing bodies. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden revealed that Thursday's meeting with the Football Association, Premier League and English Football League had proven productive. The English top flight convened at the start of the … Continue reading Coronavirus: Premier League on course for June restart, culture minister suggests

Coronavirus: Harry Kane helps out good causes with Leyton Orient shirt deal

Harry Kane has teamed up with Leyton Orient in a deal that will see the England captain sponsor the club's shirts for the 2020-21 season and provide the space to worthwhile causes. The striker may be a superstar at Tottenham now but he made his senior debut while on loan at Orient back in 2011, … Continue reading Coronavirus: Harry Kane helps out good causes with Leyton Orient shirt deal

Villas-Boas’ Marseille future in doubt as right-hand man Zubizarreta departs

Marseille (AFP) The future of former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas as coach of Marseille was on a knife-edge Thursday after the departure of his right-hand man Andoni Zubizarreta. The club's sporting director, a former Spanish international goalkeeper, still had a year on his contract to run at the French giants. All over for … Continue reading Villas-Boas’ Marseille future in doubt as right-hand man Zubizarreta departs

US presses China on Panchen Lama 25 years after disappearance

Washington (AFP) The United States on Thursday renewed calls on China to free the Tibetan identified 25 years earlier as the Panchen Lama and warned Beijing not to see the episode as a model for handling the Dalai Lama's succession. On May 14, 1995, the exiled Dalai Lama, a Nobel laureate with a wide global … Continue reading US presses China on Panchen Lama 25 years after disappearance

Protests, court rulings: anti-lockdown push turns partisan in US

Lansing (United States) (AFP) Hundreds of protestors rallied against stay-at-home orders in Michigan's capital on Thursday and a legal tug-of-war over coronavirus restrictions was taking place in neighboring Wisconsin as lockdown debates turn bitterly partisan in the United States. About 200 demonstrators, according to the Michigan state police, including some armed with guns, milled around … Continue reading Protests, court rulings: anti-lockdown push turns partisan in US

British MP seeks evidence session into alleged Saudi piracy

London (AFP) The takeover of Newcastle United by a consortium backed by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund has hit another stumbling block as a British MP called for a parliamentary evidence session into the alleged piracy of sports broadcast rights. Giles Watling, a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee (DCMS), has called … Continue reading British MP seeks evidence session into alleged Saudi piracy

How lockdown spelled stardom for 3 play-at-home musicians

Barcelona (AFP) When the epidemic hit, they were just three musicians stuck at home who started larking around on their terrace with a guitar and a bin in the hope of livening up lockdown. But two months and 27 songs later, the Barcelona trio has become a rooftop sensation, their catchy tunes in a mix … Continue reading How lockdown spelled stardom for 3 play-at-home musicians