Socially-distanced buses and elbow bumps: German football’s new world

first_imgAnd the weighty text underlines that “all of the measures are conditional on the fact that they do not divert indispensable resources from the fight against COVID-19 for the rest of the population”.Testing and quarantine The central pillar of the DFL’s plan is the mass testing of players, coaches and backroom staff. They are tested at least twice a week and once on the eve of matches. Any that test positive for the virus are separated from the rest of the team.The decision to quarantine teams rests with the authorities in each of Germany’s federal states, which explains why the entire team of second-division Dynamo Dresden was placed in quarantine after two players were found to have coronavirus but Borussia Moenchengladbach, in a different state, continued to train after cases were found among their squad. Topics : Players arriving in several sparsely-populated team buses, substitutes wearing masks and goal celebrations limited to elbow bumps — when German football returns to the pitch this weekend, it will have to follow a draconian set of guidelines.The German Football League (DFL) presented political leaders with a 51-page document of guidelines to earn the right for the Bundesliga to become the first of Europe’s big five leagues to resume action.The matches will be surrounded by extraordinary measures to protect players and officials from infection by coronavirus.center_img Empty stadiums Only around 300 people will be allowed into the stadium on matchdays. They are divided into three zones to avoid any contact between each group. Only players, match officials, first aid personnel and a small group of photographers are allowed on the pitch.In the otherwise empty stands there will be just a handful of reporters and TV camera operators. Outside the stadium itself is the third category of personnel including security guards. It is the police’s job to prevent supporters gathering outside the stadiums.Team arrivalsThe teams will arrive in several coaches to ensure each occupant is sitting 1.5 meters apart. Everyone in the vehicles must wear masks.The social distancing rules must also be respected in the changing rooms. When the players come onto the pitch, handshakes are banned, there will be no team photos or handshakes and no team pennants will be exchanged.On the pitch Players and the match officials do not need to wear masks, but everyone else on the pitchside does, including substitutes on the bench. The match balls will be disinfected regularly during the action.Players have been told that physical contact should only be made as a result of play during the match and embracing or high-fives to celebrate goals is to be strictly avoided. “Contact with elbows or feet is preferred,” the document states.The DFL urges players to show “exemplary behavior”.Media coverage Eight pages of the health document detail the measures that the TV teams must take to avoid contact, including erecting plastic screens between interviewer and interviewee.Just 10 journalists will be admitted to each match. There will be no press conferences and the mixed zone where reporters can normally ask players questions, will be closed.Holed up in hotels Wherever possible, visiting teams must book an entire hotel or, at the very least, an entire floor. The hotel has to be disinfected before the players arrive. Players are banned from the hotel’s weights room and must respect the required distance from their teammates even at mealtimes.Private lives At home, players must live in near-quarantine conditions, without seeing their neighbors or friends. The same rules apply to all of a player’s family members. The players are not even permitted to do the family’s shopping.last_img read more

Unstoppable Liverpool produce stunning victory over Southampton

first_imgLiverpool survived perhaps their toughest test at Anfield this season to win 4-0 against Southampton on Saturday and move 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. Southampton were much the better side throughout the first half and had numerous chances to take the lead. Moussa Djenepo forced Alisson into a save with a shot after 20 minutes, before Roberto Firmino’s mistake let Danny Ings in, but the striker’s finish hit a teammate. Liverpool did have their chances in between, with Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy keeping out close-range efforts from Virgil van Dijk and Firmino. The second half started in blistering fashion and after Ings was denied a penalty at one end, Liverpool raced up the other end and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drilled the ball past McCarthy.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To Play8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThis Is Why Plus-Size Models Should Always Be An InspirationThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Liverpool then took control of the match through Jordan Henderson’s goal shortly after following Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross-field ball. Firmino received it and got his second assist, cutting the ball back to Henderson who finished calmly. It got even better for Liverpool after 72 minutes, when Mohamed Salah made it 3-0 when, from Alk It starts with a long kick from keeper Alisson before Jordan Henderson, scorer of the second goal, turns provider for Salah to tuck past Alex McCarthy. Read Also:Statistically, Liverpool better than Man Utd 1999 Treble winners Salah then finished the contest off with Salah’s second goal of the afternoon, Firmino the provider once again. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Otedola Assures Chukwu Money Will be No Impediment for His Treatment

first_imgFemi Otedola Chairman of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola, on Tuesday assured former Nigeria Captain, Christian Chukwu, that money will be no impediment in the way of providing him with adequate medical and post-medical care.The oil and gas billionaire who had earlier made a contribution of $50,000 to the medicare of the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations-winning team captain and former Super Eagles’ coach, made this statement when he paid Chukwu a visit at the Wellington Hospital, Circus Road, St. John’s Woods in London.“I want to thank you for your effort regarding the medical attention to our beloved ‘Chairman’. Please continue to do your best. I want to say here and now, and for the avoidance of doubt, that money will not be an impediment to his treatment.” Also present during the visit were President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick and ‘Chairman’ Chukwu’s wife, Lilian Nkeiruka.Dr. Leye Ajayi, a renowned urologist who was also consultant to Otedola’s late father, Sir Michael Otedola, as well as Dr. Katherine Piggott (an uncologist) and Dr. Evadney Keith (a cardiologist) are the medical crew taking care of Chukwu, who also coached Eagles between 2002 and 2005.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FIFA’s Webb facing life ban

first_img “The final report was transmitted to the adjudicatory chamber on 26 April 2016, with a recommended sanction of a lifelong ban from all football-related activities for violations of parts 13, 15, 18, 19 and 21 of the FIFA code of ethics.” The move by FIFA comes after Webb pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire-fraud conspiracy and three counts of money-laundering conspiracy in a New York court last November. This followed his arrest in a dramatic predawn raid here one year ago as high-level FIFA executives gathered for a highly anticipated presidential election. He was subsequently deported to the United States to face charges. FIFA said yesterday Webb would be free to defend himself during the ethics committee proceedings and could also request a hearing if desired. Webb is currently on bail and awaiting sentencing next month. The Caymanian was one of several current and former FIFA officials who were arrested and charged in the ongoing US Department of Justice corruption investigation into FIFA. In a dramatic turn of events last December, Webb’s replacement, Honduran Alfredo Hawit, was also arrested on corruption charges and also recently pleaded guilty. A new president will be elected when CONCACAF holds its congress in Mexico City in just over a week’s time, with Bermudian Larry Mussenden, a former attorney General and justice minister, along with Canadian football chief Victor Montagliani, contesting the post. ZURICH, Switzerland (CMC): Former CONCACAF boss Jeffrey Webb is facing a life ban from football after FIFA’s ethics committee opened formal proceedings against him, relating to his recent guilty plea to corruption charges in a United States court last year. Football’s world governing body said yesterday the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee would mull over the investigatory chamber’s recommendation of “a lifelong ban from all football-related activities” for Webb’s violation of its code of ethics. “The adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee, chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert, has opened formal adjudicatory proceedings against Mr Jeffrey Webb based on the final report submitted by the investigatory chamber,” FIFA said. “The adjudicatory chamber has carefully studied the report of the investigatory chamber, under the chairmanship of Dr Cornel Borbely, and decided to institute formal adjudicatory proceedings against Mr Webb, formerly the president of CONCACAF, a vice-president of FIFA, a member of the executive committee of the Caribbean Football Union and the president of the Cayman Islands Football Association. FINAL REPORTlast_img read more