The rules Serie A are planning to use to resume the season

Team photos and mascots banned, a mandatory eight-question form on COVID-19 symptoms for anyone attending games and a possible yellow card for spitting! The rules Serie A are planning to use to resume the season

  • Serie A is working towards a return in order to complete the 2019-20 season
  • Team photos will be abolished and mascots will not emerge with the players
  • Players risk being awarded a yellow card if they fall foul of the rules on spitting
  • Sportsmail looks at the protocol the league is looking at to get games back on 

Having seen the Bundesliga in Germany resume their 2019-20 season, Serie A chiefs are looking to follow suit.  

The Italian Football Federation has decided teams in the country’s top three tiers must complete the 2019-20 season by August 20, with the 2020-21 campaign scheduled to begin on September 1.

But with a desire to finish the current campaign – with Juventus just one point ahead of Lazio in the title race – a number of strict measures need to be introduced to ensure the safety of players, coaches and others who are allowed to attend.  

Handshakes will be banned and superfluous contact banned under new Serie A guidelines

In a bid to get games back on behind closed doors, Serie A will have a series of strict rules

Meanwhile, Italian Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora has confirmed decisions made regarding league competition will be ratified in a council meeting on May 28.

‘The Italian Football Federation has expressed its willingness to restart and complete its national professional competitions, marking August 20 as the deadline for Serie A, B and C to close their competitions,’ a FIGC statement read.

‘Ahead of the restart of sporting activity, it will be the Federal Council’s competence to determine the criteria whereby competitions will be finalised.

‘Finally, as a result of what has been sanctioned, the 2020-21 sporting season will start on September 1.’ 

Team photos would breach social distancing and substitutes will be required to wear masks and be separated by at least 1.5 metres, as has been seen in Germany. 

Sportsmail looks at the rules that are to be introduced to ensure a safe transition back to playing games.  

ENTERING THE STADIUM

Everything from the moment players, staff and media arrive at the stadium to navigating through the facility will be strictly monitored. 

Protocol will see increased hand-sanitising stations while there will be rules to ensure social distancing is respected throughout. 

The teams will enter the pitch separately to avoid meeting in the tunnel, as is typical under normal circumstances. 

Handshakes will be prohibited, team photos will be scrapped, and there will be no mascots to accompany the players onto the pitch. These rules represent a new phase of football in Italy.

Only 300 people will be allowed at games and medical checks and a questionnaire will be key

MANAGERS WEARING MASKS

Much like has been seen in Germany, it will be imperative for substitutes and coaches on the bench to keep at least two or three places away from each other. 

Everyone must wear a mask while not in action on the pitch. 

Managers will only be able to remove their mask to give instructions to his players but in doing so, he must provide the instructions at a distance of at least one and a half metres. 

ONLY 300 PEOPLE IN THE STADIUM… AND NO CONTACT WITH REFEREES!

There will be a maximum of 300 people in the stadium and there will be no contact with the referees before the start of the match. 

Monumental stadiums that can hold up to 80,000 people will be reduced to a small. number of key workers. 

The 300 people allowed to intend does include the players and the non-playing staff of the two teams. 

Team photos, such as this Lazio one from October, will be scrapped under new guidelines

There will be gel dispensers dotted across all areas of the stadium, as well as in the changing rooms, to ensure cleanliness. 

Anyone who is involved in the day will have to undergo a health check by completing a questionnaire on symptoms of Covid-19 – it includes eight questions. 

Journalists who are eligible to attend games will not be able to access the press room. It will remain closed.

SPITTING COULD LEAD TO POSSIBLE YELLOW CARD

To ensure players avoid contact with saliva, it will be strictly forbidden to spit while on the pitch.

It is an unhygienic habit that has been visible for many years in football but with the current public health situation, a hard line will be taken if players are seen to be spitting. 

There will be no more handshakes and the toss of the coin to choose the side of the pitch and who has the ball will no longer be key parts to starting the match.

In another measure to observe social distancing where possible, during the match it will be forbidden to protest decisions and go within less than 1.5 metres of the referee.

Referees will be protected by social distancing with appeals required to be at least 1.5m away

INCREASED CHANGING ROOM SPACE

For the changing rooms, the plan is to open up adjacent rooms and as allow for as many chairs as possible to ensure adequate social distancing.

The rooms must be disinfected regularly – even between the end of the first half and the beginning of the second. 

Players will only be able to use single showers, without ice tubs or a whirlpool. Only referees may enter the referees’ room.




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Tyson Fury issues warning to Anthony Joshua over Kubrat Pulev fight

Tyson Fury insists he is eager to take on Anthony Joshua in a unification fight but has warned his heavyweight rival that neither of them can afford to slip up in their upcoming bouts.

Despite talks of step-aside offers to facilitate a hotly-anticipated, all-British unification clash, Fury is still contracted to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time while AJ is due to take on Kubrat Pulev.

Fury says his focus is still firmly on beating Wilder and has stressed that neither he, nor Joshua, can take their eye of the ball if they want to set up a unification fight in 2021.

‘If I get knocked out by Deontay Wilder, then it won’t be on, will it,’ Fury told Sky Sports.

‘It will be another fight with Wilder and so forth and so on. If he loses to Pulev, so close, but so far away.

‘In heavyweight boxing, you can never count your chickens before they hatch, so one fight at a time. One victory at a time.

‘All going well, god willing, we get on the big fight with me and Joshua, the all-British showdown and I can give the fans what they want to see, especially the British fans.

‘It will be the biggest fight since I believe Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno. It was a while ago, Cardiff Arms Park.’

Joshua was recently asked about Fury on Instagram Live, saying: ‘You know what? There will be even bigger [fights in my career] because I’m not going anywhere.

‘I’m here to make history. I’m hungry, I’m fired up, Fury’s just another opponent at the end of the day.

‘It’s going to be big for everyone else but I’ve got to keep myself together and I look at Fury like he’s just another fighter.’

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Jaap Stam’s excellence as a player won’t make him a great coach at FC Cincinnati, but it won’t hurt

The video introducing new head coach Jaap Stam to fans of FC Cincinnati in particular and Major League Soccer in general in particular serves primarily as a lesson in what a magnificent player he was two decades ago. He was a mountain of a defender, and yet a mountain who could move. You did not go through him. You did not go around him.

Mostly, when you played Stam, you lost. At Manchester United, he appeared 50 times in central defense for the club’s legendary “treble” winners in 1998-99 and won three Premier League titles. He reached another Champions League final with AC Milan in 2005 and won the Eredivisie in the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven. He twice was named the top defender in the UEFA Champions League.

In North America, we have been conditioned to believe being an all-time great player means little relative to one’s ability to successfully run an athletic team. Bill Belichick never played in the NFL. The Raptors’ Nick Nurse played one season of professional basketball — in England. Only three of the past 30 coaches to win the NCAA Tournament played in the NBA; neither Tony Bennett, Kevin Ollie nor Billy Donovan ever averaged more than 6.5 points per game.

In more than a half-century of Super Bowls, the one Pro Football Hall of Fame player to coach his team to a title was Mike Ditka. Only two men who played in the game have coached in it during the past 10 years, and one of them, Gary Kubiak, appeared because his Denver Broncos were getting blown out and he gave starting QB John Elway a rest.

Of the players named by Sports Illustrated as the top 10 in NBA history, only Bill Russell won a championship as a coach, and that was when he was his own best player. When he tried coaching in a suit, he had a sub-.500 record. Magic Johnson lasted only 16 games, Wilt Chamberlain just a single season. It has been the same in baseball; Rogers Hornsby won a World Series when he was a player-manager hitting over .400 and winning a Triple Crown, but he was under .500 for his career. Ty Cobb never managed a team that finished higher than second. Ted Williams had a losing record.

Soccer around the world is different. Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane, revered as one of the greatest players in the game’s history, won three consecutive Champions League titles as Real Madrid manager from 2016 to 2018 and has the club in a furious title race — albeit presently suspended — against FC Barcelona this season.

Zidane is one of several coaches who have won the UEFA Champions League as both player and coach. There have been three this decade, including Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola. And most others to win the Champions League since 2010 also were high-level players: Jupp Heynckes is No. 3 all time in Bundesliga goals and was part of West Germany squads that won the 1972 European Championship and 1974 World Cup. Luis Enrique earned 62 caps for Spain and played in three World Cups. Roberto Di Matteo played 34 times for Italy, including at the 1998 World Cup.

Among the 10 players who joined Zidane on World Soccer magazine’s Greatest XI — the list of the sport’s all-time best compiled in a vote of 73 experts in 2013 — three others were extremely successful coaches. Franz Beckenbauer coached Germany to the 1990 World Cup title. Alfredo di Stefano won two league championships in Argentina and one in Spain. And Johann Cruyff coached FC Barcelona to four consecutive La Liga titles and the 1992 European Cup, the forerunner of the Champions League.

When Zidane was asked by Sporting News in 2017 why he would want to be a coach after investing so much of his life in the game as a player, he responded at first with a single Spanish word: pasion. And then he continued.

“I think what I’ve always liked is being on the football field, as a player and now as a coach. Nothing else,” he said. “The day I see that I’m not the most happy, I’ll change my life. But right now, I like what I’m doing and where I am because, in some ways, I’m at the best club in the world and I’m also writing my story with this club, where I was a player and now am a manager.”

In other American sports, it has become an axiom that the elite player can struggle to communicate with those less gifted.

And yet it is precisely that ability that has made Zidane such a smashing success.

“I think a lot of it comes down to communication,” Brian Dunseth, host of Sirius/XM’s “Counter Attack,” told SN in 2017. “What separates the best managers is the ability to communicate — the ability to recognize situations that are happening and fix them immediately. They create scenarios for players in training sessions that they are then able to run on instinct during games. You have to plan for every possible scenario in those 90 minutes because of the lack of timeouts.”

Being a great soccer player is no guarantee of success as a coach, of course. Stam has not yet demonstrated consistent excellence in this profession. He has done some good work and has also struggled at times.

At Reading in England, competing in the Championship, he led the club to the promotion playoffs in 2016-17, but the following year was a massive disappointment. He coached at PEC Zwolle and Feyenoord in the Netherlands, resigning last October after 18 games.

FC Cincinnati was the weakest team in MLS last season. That was no major surprise. It was the club’s first year in the league. FCC was a tremendous box-office success — ranking third in the league behind Seattle and Atlanta, with an average crowd of 27,336 — but its soccer operation was not as advanced. Gerard Nijkamp was not hired as general manager until nearly three months into the season.

So Stam has plenty of room to improve FCC.

He called himself the team’s new “head coach” rather than manager, so he already is in step with the lexicon of American sports.

“I’m very delighted to be part of the big family,” Stam said in his video. “I know it’s a very big project. Everybody’s excited to do very well and to get the max out of what we’re doing.

“We’d like to set records, like to win games and hopefully win trophies, as well. … Hopefully, together with all the fans as well, we can make it a nice story, a big story.”

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Michael Jordan: A great leader – or someone who went too far?

He punched Steve Kerr in training once. Was it all too much?

Michael Jordan’s methods for success with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s – brought to light in gripping style during documentary series The Last Dance – have caused plenty of debate.

It’s a discussion we hear in different forms across so many sports: What’s an appropriate type of leadership and when does it go too far?

Former NBA player John Amaechi, now a psychologist, and journalist Matthew Syed joined that debate on Nihal Arthanayake’s BBC Radio 5 Live show on Thursday.

Amaechi’s opinion is clear – and damning. “You do not have to be a jerk in accompaniment to your brilliance,” he said.

If you’ve seen The Last Dance, you will know that Jordan didn’t go easy on his Chicago Bulls team-mates.

He once punched Kerr, the smallest guy on the team, during training. In the documentary, we also see Jordan laying into Scott Burrell – outing his team-mate’s drinking and partying to his parents and calling him “garbage”.

As former Bulls team-mate Will Purdue put it: “Let’s not get it wrong, he was a jerk. He crossed the line numerous times, but, as time goes on, you think back about what he was actually trying to accomplish and you’re like: ‘Yeah, he was a hell of a team-mate.'”

Amaechi made his NBA debut against Jordan, having signed for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1995. It was a daunting experience.

“I don’t remember Michael Jordan from that game and it was because I was afraid to look at him,” he said. “He was that good.”

For Amaechi, though, Jordan’s approach could do damage too.

“The presence and the awe that you feel off him is very useful when that is directed at the opposition,” he said.

“It is less useful when you feel it every day in practice. It is less useful when you get feedback from him.

“Internally, it fractures a team. Even when there’s components of excellence, it stops them from being as good as they could be.”

By his own admission, Amaechi hasn’t seen the documentary series. Instead, he refers to his own playing experience.

“I played with people who played with Michael,” he said. “Nobody ever has a bad word to say about the fact that he just would put a team on his shoulders and drive.

“But you would always look at his team and be able to pick one, two, three people who, however hard they tried, would never be able to get out of the dog house, who would find themselves traded on a nod from Jordan.”

In the documentary, Jordan defended his approach. “I pulled people along when they didn’t want to be pulled,” he said. “I challenged people when they didn’t want to be challenged. I earned that right.”

Syed, a former Olympic table tennis player turned author and journalist, does not believe Jordan overstepped the mark.

“My sense was that they [his team-mates] spoke about Michael as someone who was tough to play with,” Syed said, “but someone who never asked players to do things that he wasn’t prepared to do himself. In other words, he set a very powerful example of hard work.

“I wouldn’t describe him as a toxic influence, based on what I’ve seen and what I understand.”

So what is the best way to describe Jordan’s approach? Burrell, speaking to ESPN this week, said: “People consider it bullying what Michael did. I think it was just challenging people to be the best person they can be.”

Syed agrees. “Jordan’s team is widely regarded as the greatest sports dynasty in history,” he said, “so how do you explain their success, if Jordan was such a corrosive influence?”

Amaechi takes a different point of view.

“Jordan says that winning has a price and leadership has a price,” Amaechi said, “and I say, yes, there is a fee to be paid for greatness, but that fee does not have to include the trauma of everyone who accompanies you on that journey.”

You can listen back to the full conversation on BBC Sounds.

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Gilbert Arenas explains how a homeless man helped him win $300,000 lottery

The kind gesture of a homeless man helped former NBA star Gilbert Arenas win the lottery.  Arenas, a three-time all-star who made more than $160 million in his 11-year NBA career, shared the story on Sunday. Here’s how it went down, according to Arena’s Instagram post.

Last Tuesday, Arenas was running out of time. He had eight minutes to get to his preferred gas station in Calabasas to play the same lottery numbers he always plays. He rushed out of his house.

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This caption is not about good deed but about a struggling mans sacrifice and belief 🙏🏾 may 12th I rushed out the house to play my lotto numbers😬forgot my money and the car was on E🤷🏾‍♂️ I had a whole $10 in the car😂😂😂 I pulled up to the gas station to get $10 worth so I can head to (my hook up gas station) and then a struggling man says (hey sir can u spare me some change) my first thought was 🗣PHUCK I don't have time for this shit today😩 so I said mannn I have $10 for some gas and that's it,I have 8 mins to get to the other gas station to play my numbers before it's to late🤯 he says u can play here…I said the other gas station lets me push the buttons myself🤪 he then says how far u going! My brain is saying (the fuck u asking all the questions for ) so I was only going to CALABASAS which was 7 mins away but lied and said Thousand Oaks which was at least 16 mins away so before he did the math on everything I said " 8 mins before the cut off but it's 16 mins away" I said listen I'll just use $5 dollars for gas and u can have the other $5 😇 he then says (from here to Thousand Oaks and back) u won't make it on $5 so KEEP the $10 and after u WIN hook me up with $20! I said are u sure he said yes 💯 I know ur gonna win💯 by the time I got to the my hookup gas station they were closed I guess they closed early for repair so I didn't get to play my numbers😡😡😡 I wake up to a text Wednesday morning saying congratulations U won 300k 😱 I've heard this scammer type shit happening so I ignored the next becuz I didn't get to play my numbers so I couldn't have won shit….I went to the gas station later that day to play powerball that was later that night and the owner runs out saying YOU WON i texted u 👀 I said huh I didn't play yesterday..he said I played ur numbers for u becuz I was closing early and u WON 😱🤯 long story short…..I pulled up on my guy yesterday and gave him his cut (for his safety) won't say the number 🤐he jumped up and hugged me for 5 mins crying and then started to pray💯 I've given back to the homeless BUT never was blessed by one 🙏🏾😇 his good hearted gesture of me making it back home blessed that ticket💯 #happysunday

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This caption is not about good deed but about a struggling mans sacrifice and belief 🙏🏾 may 12th I rushed out the house to play my lotto numbers😬forgot my money and the car was on E🤷🏾‍♂️ I had a whole $10 in the car😂😂😂 I pulled up to the gas station to get $10 worth so I can head to (my hook up gas station) and then a struggling man says (hey sir can u spare me some change) my first thought was 🗣PHUCK I don’t have time for this shit today😩 so I said mannn I have $10 for some gas and that’s it,I have 8 mins to get to the other gas station to play my numbers before it’s to late🤯 he says u can play here…I said the other gas station lets me push the buttons myself🤪 he then says how far u going! My brain is saying (the fuck u asking all the questions for ) so I was only going to CALABASAS which was 7 mins away but lied and said Thousand Oaks which was at least 16 mins away so before he did the math on everything I said ” 8 mins before the cut off but it’s 16 mins away” I said listen I’ll just use $5 dollars for gas and u can have the other $5 😇 he then says (from here to Thousand Oaks and back) u won’t make it on $5 so KEEP the $10 and after u WIN hook me up with $20! I said are u sure he said yes 💯 I know ur gonna win💯 by the time I got to the my hookup gas station they were closed I guess they closed early for repair so I didn’t get to play my numbers😡😡😡 I wake up to a text Wednesday morning saying congratulations U won 300k 😱 I’ve heard this scammer type shit happening so I ignored the next becuz I didn’t get to play my numbers so I couldn’t have won shit….I went to the gas station later that day to play powerball that was later that night and the owner runs out saying YOU WON i texted u 👀 I said huh I didn’t play yesterday..he said I played ur numbers for u becuz I was closing early and u WON 😱🤯 long story short…..I pulled up on my guy yesterday and gave him his cut (for his safety) won’t say the number 🤐he jumped up and hugged me for 5 mins crying and then started to pray💯 I’ve given back to the homeless BUT never was blessed by one 🙏🏾😇 his good hearted gesture of me making it back home blessed that ticket💯 #happysunday

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He had $10 in his car and no gas in his tank, so he stopped to quickly fill up.  A man asked Arenas if he could spare some change. An initially frustrated Arenas explained his situation to the man, that he had $10 and only had a few minutes to get to another gas station to play his lottery numbers.

Arenas offered to give the man $5 and use the other $5 for gas. The man said $5 worth of gas wouldn’t be enough to get Arenas to and from the gas station he said he said he was going to. The two talked back-and-forth before the man told Arenas to “Keep the $10 and after you win, hook me up with $20. I know you’re going to win.” 

Arenas left and drove to his “hook up gas station,” but it had already closed when he got there so he didn’t get to play his numbers. 

The next morning, Arenas woke up to a text telling him he won $300,000, but he wrote it off as a scam, especially because he didn’t even get to play the night before. He went on with his day and went to his go-to gas station. 

The owner ran out of the store. “YOU WON,” the gas station owner told Arenas. “I texted you.”

Arenas was confused. He couldn’t have won because the gas station closed before he was even able to get there to type in the same six numbers he always picks. 

The owner knew the numbers he plays, and since he closed his store early, he played Arenas’ numbers for him. Arenas hit on the first five white balls of the May 12 Mega Millions drawing: 7, 16, 27, 44 and 52, making him the winner of $309,694. (The mega ball was 5, which would’ve given Arenas the $248 million jackpot.)

He went back to the man from the first gas station. Arenas wouldn’t say how much he gave him, but it was enough that the man “jumped up and hugged me for five minutes, crying,” according to Arenas. 

“I’ve given back to the homeless but never was blessed by one,” Arenas wrote. “His good-hearted gesture of me making it back home blessed that ticket.”

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Arsenal transfer concern revealed about Liverpool target Bukayo Saka – ‘Seen it before’

Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka is a “top talent” but it would not be surprising if he left the Gunners, says former Tottenham striker and Arsenal fan Darren Bent. Saka, 18, has been linked with a move to Liverpool following a fine breakthrough season at the Emirates. Despite predominantly being a winger, Saka enjoyed a run in the Arsenal side at left-back before football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.

The teenager earned rave reviews for his performances as he filled in for the injured Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac.

But Saka’s contract at Arsenal only runs until the summer of 2021, which has led to interest from runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Bent hopes Arsenal can fend off interest from Liverpool and secure Saka to a new deal.

But he concedes he has seen similar situations at Arsenal before that if they are not progressing on the pitch, then top players will want to leave.

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“Look, I hope [Saka will stay] because he’s a top, top talent,” Bent told Football Insider.

“He’s an absolutely great talent but we know what it’s like – it’ll get to a point where if Arsenal aren’t progressing at the rate he’s thinking, then we’ve seen it happen before.

“We hope he doesn’t go anywhere but that’s the kind of weird predicament Arsenal are in.

“Yeah, Arsenal are a massive club but they’re not challenging for anything whereas Liverpool are challenging for all trophies on all fronts.

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“It’s a difficult one, being an Arsenal fan I hope he doesn’t go anywhere.”

Meanwhile, former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Saka would be better off staying at Arsenal.

Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson is widely regarded as one of the best in his position in the Premier League.

“[Saka is] a top player. I have seen him a few times and Arsenal will do all that they can to renew his contract,” Robinson told Football Insider.

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“Liverpool are trying to muscle in there and take him because he is 18 and has already made 29 appearances this season. He is very good going forward.

“However, with [Mikel] Arteta at Arsenal, I think it could be more beneficial for the player to stay there.

“I doubt that he would get the same opportunities at Liverpool as an 18-year-old.

“For his development, it is worth staying at Arsenal for a while longer under a manager that is keen to promote youth.”

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Bundesliga full fixture list and how to watch in the UK

BUNDESLIGA FIXTURES: Upcoming schedule as German top-flight restarts with huge derby clash between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke after life in lockdown is lifted

  • The first Bundesliga matches since lockdown ended kick off on May 16  
  • Football aficionados can watch all German top-flight games using BT Sport 
  • There are some huge clashes this weekend, including Dortmund v Schalke 
  • Get all the latest Bundesliga news right here including live action and results 
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Wunderbar! The Bundesliga is back and fans are getting ready to watch behind closed door matches from the comfort of their own homes following lockdown being lifted in Germany. 

It’s been over two months since the last German top-flight game, and the Premier League will be watching intently, hoping a smooth return of one of Europe’s biggest leagues will assure those in the UK that football can return amid the coronavirus.

Here, Sportsmail provide fans with the upcoming Bundesliga fixtures and the lowdown on how they can watch in the UK, as well as the latest odds for the weekend ahead.

Borussia Dortmund against Schalke is the most eye-catching fixture as the Bundesliga returns

How to watch in UK?

BT Sport announced they would show every Bundesliga game for the rest of the season to UK fans.

One match every week will be shown in 4K UHD picture quality on BT Sport Ultimate.

Bundesliga opening weekend fixtures 

Saturday, May 16

  • Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04 – 2:30pm – BT Sport 1 
  • RB Leipzig vs Freiburg – 2:30pm – BT Sport 2
  •  Hoffenheim vs Hertha BSC – 2:30pm – BT Sport 3 
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Paderborn – 2:30pm – BT Sport Extra1
  • Augsburg vs Wolfsburg – 2:30pm – BT Sport Extra2 
  • Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia M’gladbach – 5:30pm – BT Sport 1 

Sunday, May 17 

  • Cologne vs Mainz – 2:15pm – BT Sport 1 
  • Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich – 4:45pm – BT Sport 1 

Monday, May 18 

  • Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen – BT Sport 1 

Friday, May 29 

  • Freiburg vs Bayer Leverkusen – 7:30pm

Saturday, May 30

  • Mainz vs Hoffenheim – 2:30pm
  • Schalke vs Werder Bremen – 2:30pm
  • Hertha Berlin vs Augsburg – 2:30pm 
  • Wolfsburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt – 2:30pm
  • Bayern Munich vs Fortuna Dusseldorf – 5:30pm

Sunday, May 31

  • Monchengladbach vs Union Berlin – 2:30pm 
  • Paderborn vs Borussia Dortmund – 5pm

Monday, June 1 

  • FC Koln vs RB Leipzig 7:30pm

Tuesday, June 2

  • Werder Bremen vs Eintracht Frankfurt – 7:30pm

Saturday, June 6 

  • Union Berlin vs Schalke – 2:30pm
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich – 2:30pm
  • Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin – 2:30pm
  • Eintracht Frankfurt vs Mainz – 2:30pm
  • Augsburg vs FC Koln – 2:30pm
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Hoffenheim – 2:30pm 
  • RB Leipzig vs Paderborn – 2:30pm 
  • Freiburg vs Monchengladbach – 2:30pm 
  • Werder Bremen vs Wolfsburg – 2:30pm 

Saturday, June 13 

  • FC Koln vs Union Berlin – 2:30pm
  • Mainz vs Augsburg – 2:30pm
  • Bayern Munich vs Monchengladbach – 2:30pm 
  • Schalke vs Bayer Leverkusen – 2:30pm
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Borussia Dortmund – 2:30pm
  • Hertha Berlin vs Eintracht Frankfurt – 2:30pm
  • Paderborn vs Werder Bremen – 2:30pm
  • Hoffenheim vs RB Leipzig – 2:30pm
  • Wolfsburg vs Freiburg – 2:30pm 

Tuesday, June 16

  • Union Berlin vs Paderborn – 7:30pm
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Koln – 7:30pm 
  • Borussia Dortmund vs Mainz – 7:30pm
  • Monchengladbach vs Wolfsburg – 7:30pm
  • Eintracht Frankfurt vs Schalke – 7:30pm
  • Augsburg vs Hoffenheim – 7:30pm
  • RB Leipzig vs Fortuna Dusseldorf – 7:30pm
  • Freiburg vs Hertha Berlin – 7:30pm
  • Werder Bremen vs Bayern Munich – 7:30pm 

Saturday, June 20

  • FC Koln vs Eintracht Frankfurt – 2:30pm
  • Mainz vs Werder Bremen – 2:30pm
  • Bayern Munich vs Freiburg – 2:30pm
  • Schalke vs Wolfsburg – 2:30pm
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Augsburg – 2:30pm
  • Hertha Berlin vs Bayer Leverkusen – 2:30pm
  • RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund – 2:30pm
  • Paderborn vs Monchengladbach – 2:30pm
  • Hoffenheim vs Union Berlin – 2:30pm

Saturday, June 27

  • Union Berlin vs Fortuna Dusseldorf – 2:30pm
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs Mainz – 2:30pm
  • Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim – 2:30pm
  • Monchengladbach vs Hertha Berlin – 2:30pm
  • Eintracht Frankfurt vs Paderborn – 2:30pm
  • Augsburg vs RB Leipzig – 2:30pm
  • Freiburg vs Schalke – 2:30pm
  • Werder Bremen vs FC Koln – 2:30pm
  • Wolfsburg vs Bayern Munich- 2:30pm 

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Winner:

BORUSSIA DORTMUND V SCHALKE 

  • Dortmund – 1/2
  • Schalke – 5/1 
  • Draw – 7/2

 AUGSBURG V WOLFSBURG

  • Augsburg – 5/2
  • Wolfsburg – 11/10
  • Draw – 12/5

 HOFFENHEIM V HERTHA BERLIN

  • Hoffenheim – 11/10
  • Hertha Berlin – 12/5
  • Draw – 5/2

 FORTUNA DUSSELDORF V PADERBORN

  • Fortuna Dusseldorf – 23/20 
  • Paderborn – 23/10
  • Draw – 5/2 

Winner continued…

RB LEIPZIG V FREIBURG 

  • RB Leipzig – 3/10
  • Freiburg – 9/1
  • Draw – 9/2

 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT V BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH

  • Eintracht Frankfurt – 2/1
  • Monchengladbach – 13/10
  • Draw – 5/2

 FC KOLN V MAINZ

  • FC Koln – 9/10
  • Mainz – 29/10
  • Draw – 29/10

 UNION BERLIN V BAYERN MUNICH

  • Union Berlin – 15/1
  • Bayern Munich – 2/11
  • Draw – 6/1 

 WERDER BREMEN V BAYER LEVERKUSEN

  • Werder Bremen – 15/4
  • Leverkusen – 3/4
  • Draw – 29/10 

 

*Odds courtesy of Betfair 




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Serie A faces being CANCELLED as the Italian government makes demand

Serie A faces being CANCELLED as the Italian government demands entire squads are quarantined for two weeks if just one player tests positive for coronavirus – and top FA doctor says if no solution is found they can’t restart

  • Serie A’s ambitions of finishing the current season are now in real jeopardy
  • The Italian government sent out a stark warning to the clubs on Wednesday
  • A top Italian FA doctor said the Serie A season potentially may not resume 
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Serie A’s hopes of finishing the current campaign are in real jeopardy after the Italian government warned clubs that the entire squad faces two weeks in quarantine if only one player or member of staff tests positive for coronavirus.

A medical officer from the Italian FA also sent a stark warning to Serie A clubs, claiming the season may be cancelled if no solution is found amid the ongoing pandemic.

‘If we don’t find a solution, Serie A will not resume,’ the FA doctor confirmed.

The Serie A season is in real danger of not being completed due to the coronavirus pandemic

Entire squads face two weeks in quarantine if only one player or member of staff tests positive

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Sandra Zampa, also reaffirmed this stance: ‘If one gets sick, the quarantine is for everyone. Otherwise we would go back to suspending everything. 

‘Everything stops, no doubt if the quarantine is triggered, the championship also stops.’

Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora added: ‘Someone asked why a supermarket does not close if the cashier is positive while if a player is, the whole team is sent to quarantine. 

‘Because in football it is not possible to keep a distance.’ 

Serie A teams have been allowed to return to their training grounds amid the coronavirus crisis

There was also an admission from Italy on Wednesday that until a vaccine or medical solution is discovered, football outside the professional game cannot return. 

But the Italian FA are looking to follow the model of the Bundesliga – which is returning this Saturday – of just isolating any player or member of staff that contracts coronavirus. 

Italy was one of the first countries in Europe to be hit by the deadly disease and its top-flight has been suspended since March 9. There have been more than 30,000 fatalities in the country.

Italy’s Serie A clubs had been given the green light on Monday by the government to start team training from May 18 ‘with prudence’.

So far clubs have only been allowed to train on an individual basis and respecting social distancing rules, often with players having half a pitch to themselves.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co face the prospect of not playing football again this season

In a joint statement from Health Minister Roberto Speranza and Sports Minister Spadafora, it said the committee had ordered some changes, which were not specified, but had given the green light for group training to restart. 

But despite the return to training facilities, the Italian government have yet to decide if it will allow the season to be finished, and the latest development has led to concern that it may be cancelled.

According to Sky Sports in Italy, UEFA are very worried about the situation of football in the country, and above all, the strict limits imposed on the resumption of team training from May 18. So far, only Juventus are able to follow the protocol required for training. 

Without the resumption of the Serie A season – Juventus, Atalanta, Napoli, Inter and Rome could be expelled from European competition.   




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ESPN pundit shares a laughable opinion about Jordan Love and Aaron Rodgers

The absence of sports is making us all go crazy. To some extent, then, it should be expected that talking heads on TV networks such as ESPN and Fox Sports would offer absurd takes in order to provoke reaction and pass the time.

But a Tuesday episode of ESPN’s “Get Up” featured an opinion so bad it went beyond the typical daytime nonsense of recent weeks. NFL insider Dan Graziano told a panel he believes Love will win more Super Bowls in his career than Rodgers, who has one ring and could possibly get another before retirement. His colleagues laughed at the suggestion.

“All Jordan Love has to do is win two to make this prediction come true,” Graziano said, not acknowledging the fact just 12 quarterbacks in NFL history have claimed multiple championships.

ESPN’s tweet graphic for the appearance accidentally tagged an Australian social justice nonprofit instead of its own show.

Graziano later explained his prediction as intentionally crazy because he had been asked for a bold take.

Bold doesn’t mean asking a random hot take generator to spit out words, though, which is how we assume Graziano arrived at his opinion.

Before Love can think about winning Super Bowls, he’ll need to figure out how to grow as a passer while backing up Rodgers in what could be an icy dynamic between competitors. Even his future as an NFL starter is not guaranteed.

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Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer saga takes fresh twist after PSG make move

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future has taken a fresh twist, because Paris Saint-Germain are preparing to make a bid to extend Mauro Icardi’s loan for another year. Icardi has been impressive while on loan at PSG, scoring 20 goals for the Parisiens.

Aubameyang was previously wanted by Inter Milan, though it now appears they might have to pull out of the running.

Antonio Conte is said to be a keen admirer of the 30-year-old striker, who has been tipped to leave Arsenal this summer.

The Gabonese forward will be out of contract in just over a year, and it is unlikely he will extend his current deal.

In order to prevent losing him on a free – like they did when Aaron Ramsey left for Juventus last summer – they are expected to offload him this summer.

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And Inter were reportedly preparing to make a player exchange bid, with Icardi heading to the Emirates in exchange for Aubameyang.

Icardi appears unlikely to return to Inter due to his poor relationship with the club, stemming from his exit last summer.

The Argentine striker fell out with the club’s hierarchy due to comments made by his wife/agent, and was subsequently loaned to PSG.

During his time in the French capital, he has gone on to thrive alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

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Icardi bagged 13 goals in PSG’s Ligue 1-winning campaign, as well as five in six Champions League outings.

With PSG abandoning their bid to sign Lautaro Martinez, they will now ask Inter to extend Icardi’s stay for another year, according to reports.

PSG have the chance to sign Icardi permanently in the summer, but would have to pay £61million to do so.

And due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, they are unwilling to fork out such a large fee on one player.

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PSG are set to lose Edinson Cavani at the end of the season, though they have offered to extend his contract through until next summer.

But regardless, they seem determined to keep Icardi at the Parc des Princes, dealing a huge blow to Inter’s chances of signing Aubameyang.

Arsenal will reportedly demand £50m for their club captain, meaning it is possible that Inter could buy him outright if they sell Martinez.

The Argentine striker has a release clause of £97.5m, and while no team is likely to trigger it, there is a high possibility that he will be sold for slightly below that fee.

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