Tag Archives: Europa League

Clubs risk Champions League exclusion if seasons abandoned prematurely | Football

Uefa and Europe’s football leagues and top clubs have emphasised their determination to complete the 2019-20 season despite the coronavirus shutdown, with Uefa saying it may not accept clubs into next season’s Champions League if they have not qualified in the normal way. In a joint letter sent on Thursday …

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Euro 2020: what will Uefa’s video conference realistically decide? | Football

Who is involved in the video conference with Uefa and what will they discuss? Uefa called the video conference last Thursday forTuesday to discuss football’s response to the coronavirus crisis, with all 55 of Europe’s football associations, the European Club Association, European Leagues and the international players’ union Fifpro. There …

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Uefa searches for a plan at crisis talks with layoffs on the horizon | Football

The “unprecedented crisis” facing British and European football because of coronavirus could result in serious economic consequences with insolvencies and layoffs of players and staff if the sport does not coordinate its response, the head of the international players union has said. Jonas Baer-Hoffman, who took over as the Fifpro …

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What is it like to cover a football game behind closed doors? | Jamie Jackson | Football

Manchester United take on Lask in the all-but-empty Linzer Stadion.

Come and enter the hidden cabaret behind the closed doors of Manchester United’s 5-0 thrashing of Lask in Thursday’s Europa League last-16 first leg. The show commenced at 6.55pm local time at the Linzer Stadion and was a veritable offering of vaudeville. The bill featured two garden-hopping United supporters who …

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Governing bodies face a fraught future as game we love grinds to halt | Football

Callum Hudson-Odoi, the Chelsea winger, is one of several high-profile figures to test positive for coronavirus.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the mounting sense of anxiety, even those who bring a can-do attitude to their positions of influence in British football have seen the worst-case scenario become reality during what has been a fast-moving and game-changing week. Everybody has asked the question. What if a player …

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Rangers on brink of Europa League exit after home defeat by Bayer Leverkusen | Football

Steven Gerrard lost his first European game at Ibrox despite a spirited second-half showing from Rangers. A VAR penalty call was calmly converted by Bayer Leverkusen’s captain Kai Havertz before Charles Aránguiz doubled the Bundesliga side’s advantage midway through the second period. Rangers responded swiftly when George Edmundson atoned for …

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Manchester United thrash Lask in front of empty stands in Europa League | Football

Odion Ighalo opens the scoring in the first half.

Fireworks ignited outside the closed Linzer Stadion marked the beginning of a last-16 tie that may not be completed next week due to coronavirus. The disease is causing more and more sport to be suspended so when Manchester United will hope to seal passage to the quarter-finals is unclear. Here, …

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Back from the brink: how Lask came back to set up Manchester United tie | Football

Valerien Ismael

It is not going to be the joyful occasion they first thought, but the Lask players are determined to make history regardless. When the Europa League last-16 draw pitted them against Manchester United on 28 February games were still played with fans in the stadiums in Austria but that has …

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Europa League thrown into coronavirus chaos as two last-16 ties are shelved | Football


The knockout stages of the Europa League have been thrown into disarray after two of the last-16 fixtures were postponed the day before the first legs were scheduled to take place as the coronavirus outbreak continues to take its toll on the football calendar across the continent. While Manchester United’s …

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