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Brazilian football may restart in June, CBF says

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Brazilian football may restart in June, CBF says

The secretary-general of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Walter Feldman, said on Tuesday that Brazilian football could restart at the end of June.

This is coming in spite of the fact that the number of coronavirus cases is still rising in South America’s hardest-hit nation.

Feldman said the return to action in the German Bundesliga, where nine first division games were played last weekend after a two-month hiatus, was a positive example for world football.

“It was necessary to stop and returning is possible,” Feldman said. “That is what we learnt from the return of football in Germany. Germany is a great sign.

“Doors open in May, more open in June and I have no doubt that in June, with the return of training, sustained protocols and the chance of flexibility by the health authorities, football can return with restrictions,” Feldman said.

Some Brazilian teams have begun training again, with current champions Flamengo recalling players on Monday.

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The positive note came a day after Brazil became the country with the third-highest number of confirmed infections behind the U.S. and Russia.

Brazil recorded a record high 1,179 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, according to the Health Ministry, and announced a total of 271,628 cases.

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Brazil’s state championships were suspended in March and were due to finish in April.

The national leagues were scheduled to kick off in early May and end in December, but Feldman acknowledged this year’s league season could run into 2021.

Any restart would likely happen without fans present and with all the same social distancing restrictions that fans saw in Germany over the weekend also in place, he added.

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All Latin America’s professional football leagues were suspended except for Nicaragua, although Costa Rica’s league was due to restart on Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Football: Inter Milan hope to extend Victor Moses’ contract from Chelsea

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Football: Inter Milan hope to extend Victor Moses’ contract from Chelsea

Italian Seria A side, Inter Milan are making a move to extend Victor Moses’ loan contract.

According to Calcio Mercato, the report disclosed that the Serie A club is eager to keep hold of the former Nigeria international as they are in talks with Chelsea for a possible extension.

The Nerazzurri remain keen on signing the 29-year-old to a permanent deal but want Chelsea to reduce their €12 million asking price.

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Recall that Moses moved to San Siro on a six-month contract in January after his stay with Turkish club Fenerbahce was cut short.

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He has made seven appearances for Inter across all competitions this season, featuring in all those games on the right side of midfield

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He has persistently struggled with thigh injuries over the last few months and missed the club’s 2-0 loss to Juventus due to a thigh problem; their most recent league outing.

In another report, the Serie A is set to return next week after it was suspended due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which has halted world sport for the past few months.

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Balotelli ‘sacked’ by club, Brescia, after skipping training for 10 days

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Italian football striker, Mario Balotelli has reportedly been sacked by his club Brescia after he skipped training for ten days.

Reports in Italy on Saturday morning claimed Brescia owner Massimo Cellino sent the controversial footballer a letter requesting the termination of his three-year contract at the club after he failed to show up for training when lockdown restrictions were eased.

The 29-year-old former Manchester City and Liverpool player was contracted to Brescia until 2022, following the £160,000-per-week deal he signed with his hometown club back in August 2019.

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It was reported that his contract with Brescia was set to be terminated at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. But according to Football Italia and Gazzetta dello Sport, his contract with the club has now been terminated.

Newspaper Repubblica also claimed that both Cellino and Balotelli, who earns £877,000-a-year at Brescia have also reached a financial settlement.

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Speaking in a recent interview with BBC, Cellino admitted his regret at signing Balotelli who scored five goals in 19 games for the club.

He said:

“I think we both made a mistake,” Cellino told the BBC’s World Football programme.

“I thought that coming to Brescia, which is his town, would commit him very much.

“At the same time, I think he was handled the wrong way by my previous coach [Eugenio Corini].

“He doesn’t show up to training, he doesn’t look very committed let’s say, for the future of the club. That’s the problem.

“Balotelli’s got a contract in Serie A, but he doesn’t have a contract in Serie B. So if we’re relegated, Balotelli won’t have a contract any more.

“Balotelli apparently doesn’t like to stay in Italy anymore because he’s not acting that way.”

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I hated s*x after I was raped, Funke Oshonaike reveals

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Nigerian women’s table tennis player and six-time Olympian Funke Oshonaike, says she developed hatred for sex after she was raped as a young girl.

The six-time Olympian stated this while reacting to the r*pe and murder of Uwa Omozuwa, the 22-year-old 100 level student of the University of Benin, inside a church in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

“It’s my true life story. Terrible experience for me and it affected my sex life. I hated sex. I don’t want to tell my entire story for now because of my autobiography that’s coming soon,” Oshonaike stated.

She also pleaded with parents to raise their male kids in the right way, saying it would help prevent the scourge.

“I have been a victim and know how terrible it is. Women should rise up and fight this scourge,” the former Nigerian champion stated.

“I’ve been abused and after beating me, he will force and sleep with me by force. It was when I grew up that I got to know that it’s called rape.”

Oshonaike added, “Parents should teach their boy-child about sex and how to respect a woman’s body, and never force a woman to have sex with them. Even in marriage, no is no.”

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