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Covid-19: La Liga set to use video analysis if player tests positive 


Football: La Liga season to resume on June 11

La Liga will use a video analysis programme to help it determine if a player is likely to have infected a teammate or opponent.

According to a draft protocol drawn up by the league, this will be put into use if the player tests positive for the coronavirus once the season re-starts.

The protocol was sent out to clubs in Spain’s top two divisions on Monday and is an updated version of the document clubs received earlier this month.

Teams in Spain’s top two divisions began training in groups of up to 10 players from Monday.

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La Liga president Javier Tebas has said he hopes the season can resume from June 12.

Tebas has said the league’s safety measures meant the chance of a player being infected during a game was “practically zero”.

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If a player tests positive after a match, they will be isolated while the facility they are staying in will be cleaned and disinfected, the protocol said.

Anyone in the player’s personal circle who has recently been in contact with them will be examined.

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Analysts will then use the league’s programme Mediacoach to see which other players the footballer came into contact with.

The protocol added that any player who was in close contact with the infected player for more than five minutes would be tested.

This is because studies suggest the risk of infection increases when someone is in contact with someone for over 15 minutes.

The protocol also states that:

– Players and officials will be tested 24 hours before each match and have their temperature taken when arriving at the stadium.

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– Balls will be distributed around the perimeter of the pitch and will be constantly disinfected.

– Players will be ordered to disinfect their hands before and after the warm-up.

– All players and coaching staff must wear masks and gloves upon arrival at the stadium.

– There will be no pre-match handshakes.

– Managers will hold post-match news conferences via video link.










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



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



Mario Balotelli

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



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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