Sunday, 29 March 2020

Belarus Premier League attracts global attention amid coronavirus



Football is suspended across most of world because of the coronavirus pandemic - but the game rolls on in Belarus.

The Belarusian Premier League rarely gets a mention in normal circumstances yet it is attracting attention from foreign fans as one of the few places around the globe - and the only place in Europe - where football is still being played.

On Saturday, there were six top-flight games in the eastern European country including the derby between FC Minsk and Dinamo Minsk watched by a capacity 3,000 crowd in Belarus' capital.

Rustu Recber,Turkey's former goalkeeper in hospital with coronavirus


Rustu Recber was part of the Turkey side to reach the semi-finals of World Cup 2002
Turkey's most capped player, former goalkeeper Rustu Recber, is in a "critical period" in hospital with coronavirus.

The ex-Barcelona and Fenerbahce keeper, 46, won 120 caps and was one of the players of the tournament when Turkey reached the 2002 World Cup semi-finals.

Juventus players to take pay cut

Juventus players agree to take pay reduction

Juventus announced that they had cut their players' and coach Maurizio Sarri's salaries after all Italian sport was suspended until at least 3 April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"The economic and financial effects of the understanding reached are positive for about €90 million for the 2019-20 financial year," said a club statement.

Australia's footballers' union threatens to take legal action against Perth Glory

Legal row as A-League club sidelines players after shutdown

Australia's footballers' union Saturday threatened legal action against A-League club Perth Glory after players were stood down without pay as the coronavirus shutdown takes its toll.

Despite holding out to be one of the last competitions in the world still going, the plug was finally pulled on the 11-team domestic soccer league this week.