Wimbledon, Tour, cricket and rugby find Covid still in the air
COVID-19

Wimbledon, Tour, cricket and rugby find Covid still in the air

Paris (AFP) – As fans again fill stadiums this summer, a string of Covid-19 cases in major events suggest it is too early to cheer pandemic-free sport. After being cancelled in 2020 and requiring spectators to test last year, this year's Wimbledon seemed to signal a return to sunnier days as the United Kingdom relaxed […]

COVID-19

/ 151 days ago

Wimbledon, Tour, cricket and rugby find Covid still in the air

Paris (AFP) – As fans again fill stadiums this summer, a string of Covid-19 cases in major events suggest it is too early to cheer pandemic-free sport. After being cancelled in 2020 and requiring spectators to test last year, this year's Wimbledon seemed to signal a return to sunnier days as the United Kingdom relaxed […]
ByAFP

Australia

/ 253 days ago

Socceroos coach fined for breaching Covid-19 isolation

Sydney (AFP) – Football Australia said Monday they have fined coach Graham Arnold Aus$25,000 (US$18,500) for breaking self-isolation rules after testing positive for Covid-19. But the head coach can still join the Socceroos when they play Japan this Thursday if he provides a negative PCR test before the game, the governing body said. Sydney radio […]
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Bayern Munich

/ 377 days ago

Bayern Munich hit by fresh Covid scare

Berlin (AFP) – Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich have been hit by a fresh Covid-19 scare ahead of Friday's match at Augsburg, with defender Josip Stanisic and two club employees testing positive for the virus. Stanisic, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive on his return to Munich after playing in Croatia's 1-0 victory over Russia on […]
ByAFP

COVID-19

/ 378 days ago

Calls to make vaccinations mandatory in the Bundesliga

Berlin (AFP) – A senior German politician has called to make it mandatory for all professional footballers in Germany to be vaccinated as the country struggles to contain a ferocious fourth wave of Covid-19. "I'm in favour of compulsory vaccination for certain professional groups — that's what we need," Bavarian state leader Markus Soeder told […]
ByAFP

COVID-19

/ 401 days ago

Covid adds fuel to the match-fixing fire: expert

Paris (AFP) – A record number of sports matches are likely to be fixed in 2021 after the Covid pandemic "added fuel to the fire", an executive at one of the world's leading sports technology companies has told AFP. Sportradar Integrity Services, a global supplier of sport integrity solutions and partner to over 100 sports […]
ByAFP

Argentina

/ 449 days ago

Row over Brazil v Argentina clash aborted minutes after kickoff

Sao Paulo (AFP) – Questions swirled on Monday after Brazilian health officials dramatically halted a World Cup qualifier against Argentina over  alleged Covid-19 quarantine breaches by the visitors. As Argentina captain Lionel Messi and others questioned the timing of the controversial intervention, football's world governing body FIFA said a probe was under way. In remarkable […]
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Argentina

/ 450 days ago

Uproar as Brazil v Argentina clash abandoned

Sao Paulo (AFP) – Brazil's World Cup qualifying clash against Argentina was sensationally abandoned shortly after kick-off on Sunday as controversy over Covid-19 protocols erupted. Amid incredible scenes at Sao Paulo's Neo Quimica Arena, the match between the two giants of South American football was halted when Brazilian health officials ran onto the pitch, triggering […]
ByAFP

COVID-19

/ 450 days ago

USA keeper Steffen tests positive for Covid-19

Los Angeles (AFP) – Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the USA's upcoming World Cup qualifier against Honduras, US Soccer confirmed Sunday. In a statement released a few hours before the US were due to play Canada in a CONCACAF qualifier, US Soccer said Steffen had contracted the […]
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Argentina

/ 450 days ago

Uproar as Brazil v Argentina clash suspended

Sao Paulo (AFP) – Brazil's World Cup qualifying clash against Argentina was sensationally halted shortly after kick-off on Sunday as controversy over Covid-19 protocols erupted. Amid incredible scenes at Sao Paulo's Neo Quimica Arena, the match between the two giants of South American football was halted when a group of Brazilian public health officials came […]
ByAFP

Argentina

/ 450 days ago

Brazil v Argentina clash halted following Covid controversy

Sao Paulo (AFP) – Brazil's World Cup qualifying clash against Argentina was dramatically suspended shortly after kick-off on Sunday as controversy over Covid-19 protocols erupted. Amid incredible scenes at Sao Paulo's Neo Quimica Arena, the match between the two giants of South American football came to a halt when a group of unidentified officials came […]
ByAFP

COVID-19

/ 453 days ago

Norway football coach calls for government change over virus rules

Oslo (AFP) – Norway coach Stale Solbakken has caused controversy in the country by calling for people to vote against the government in the upcoming parliamentary elections over the strictness of its coronavirus rules. Solbakken was angry that the 28,000-capacity Ullevaal Stadion could only be a quarter-full for Norway's 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in […]
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