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Brunei to establish teqball association, FITEQ eyes SEA expansion

Brunei is set to establish a teqball federation this year, making it the fifth Southeast Asian country to welcome the football-based sport, according to sources. The sport’s governing body Fédération Internationale de Teqball (FITEQ) has been keen to expand the non-contact sport in the region with Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Timor Leste already onboard. The…

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Premier League matches could be on free to air TV

England’s Premier League could make games available on free-to-air broadcasting once the season resumes following the suspension due to the coronavirus, Britain’s culture secretary said in quotes reported by the BBC on Wednesday.  Oliver Dowden said he has had “productive talks” with British sports bodies on the resumption of competitions following the coronavirus shutdown.  He…

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Kasparov to take part in online Nations Cup amid pandemic

Former world champion Garry Kasparov will be among the competitors in an online Nations Cup, a new chess competition featuring six teams of four players, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) announced on Tuesday. Some big chess names from recent decades will take part as Russia, United States, Europe, China, India and a Rest of the…

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Coronavirus-fighting mascot leaves Singapore’s soccer fans up in arms

Singapore’s government has axed an entire team of coronavirus-fighting mascots after one Liverpool-hating member of the five-strong band of fictional superheroes ended up enraging a section of the city’s passionate soccer supporters.  The mascot, named MAWA (Must Always Walk Alone) Man, a play on Liverpool’s anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, was described on the government’s…

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Leaders Linz become first Austrian team to re-start training

League leaders LASK Linz on Monday became the first Austrian top-flight team to re-start training amid the COVID-19 outbreak, with the players divided into small groups and observing social distancing guidelines. Austria has become one of the first countries in Europe to loosen a lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and…

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Man Utd’s Pogba says he has grown used to criticism

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has said he is no longer bothered by criticism from soccer pundits because he has grown used to it. The France international, who joined United from Italy’s Juventus in 2016, has made eight appearances in all competitions this season due to injury and last featured in the Premier League in…

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Liverpool great Dalglish out of hospital after positive coronavirus test

Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish, who tested positive for the coronavirus, has been released from hospital, British media reported on Sunday.  Liverpool said on Friday that Dalglish, 69, was admitted to hospital for an infection. He required intravenous antibiotics but was asymptomatic. The former Scotland international is now back home where he is…

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FIFA issues guidelines addressing COVID-19 legal consequences

World football governing body FIFA has worked on a series of recommendations and guidelines to address some of the key practical issues arising from the unprecedented COVID-19, which has disrupted all footballing activities worldwide. With emphasis in regards to player contracts and the transfer system, these actions are done in consultation with different stakeholders through…

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