FIFA give clubs permission to decline international call-ups, recommend fixture postponement


first_imgFIFA have issued a statement granting clubs the option to prevent their players from joining up with their national teams and have recommended that all international matches be postponed until further notice due to coronavirus. FIFA President Gianni Infantino The outbreak has already seen most top-level club competition suspended, both at domestic league level and at European level. A round of international fixtures had been scheduled to take place in March and April, including Euro 2020 qualification games, but FIFA have suggested that the games should not go ahead. “In light of the current situation concerning the Coronavirus, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided that the general football rules which normally oblige clubs to release players for national team matches will not apply for the up-coming international windows in March/April,” an official FIFA statement read. “The situation is rapidly evolving across the world and various international travel restrictions have already been imposed by different public authorities.” However, it is not just for health reasons that the governing body are suggesting a postponement, but for sporting reasons as well, with some national teams potentially at a disadvantage if they are unable to call on their best players. “FIFA understands that to hold the matches under current circumstances might not only present potential health risks to players (and to the general public) but would also, most likely, compromise the sporting integrity of such matches insofar as certain teams may be deprived of their best squads whilst others may not,” the statement continued. “To avoid any unnecessary health risks and also situations of potential sporting unfairness, we therefore recommend that all international matches previously scheduled to take place in March and April should now be postponed until such time that they can take place in a safe and secure environment, both for players and for the general public. The final decision on this issue rests with the respective competition organisers or relevant member association in case of friendlies.” FIFA also insist that work regarding potential rescheduling of any postponed games is already underway. “The qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup in both Asia and South America have already been postponed following consultation between FIFA and the Confederations concerned,” the statement read. “In consultation with the confederations and relevant stakeholders, FIFA will be studying the possibilities for re-scheduling any postponed matches and is confident that with goodwill and flexibility from all sides, appropriate solutions will be found to allow the matches to take place in due course and with minimal disruption. “We are working in close cooperation with relevant national and international public health authorities (most notably the World Health Organisation) and, taking into account the expert advice that we have received on the matter, we consider this measure and recommendation to be the most appropriate and responsible step to take under the current circumstances.” Before that encounter, Rodgers’ troops welcomed back the former Genk star for their FA Cup meeting with Birmingham City, which ended 1-0 to the East Midlanders. Inevitably, various reports in the last winter transfer window linked the midfield enforcer with Arsenal. With the Gunners’ struggling for form, and a team that is always crying out for players in his mould, it was only a matter of time. Even though Mikel Arteta has managed to improve the performance of the team since his employment, a player like Ndidi is going to bolster his options in midfield. However, convincing the Nigerian international to abandon the ongoing footballing project at Belvoir Drive for the eerily desolate Emirates Stadium may prove a tough ask. The three-time Premier League champions haven’t played in the continent’s most prestigious showpiece since 2016-17 and have had to make do with the Europa League in the last three campaigns. While Leicester appear well placed to reach the Champions League next season, the same cannot be said of Arsenal. The Gunners currently lie ninth, still needing results to go their way to stand any chance of playing any sort of European football next season. Leaving the promising situation of being a key player in a team where he is enjoying his best football under the tutelage of Rodgers, whilst competing against the best teams in Europe’s premier club competition, might just prove too alluring for the young midfielder. Read Also:South America asks FIFA to delay World Cup qualifiers because of virus Would it really be a step forward in Ndidi’s career for him to swap Champions League football with Leicester for Arsenal? 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Justyn Knight wins 5000-meter NCAA National Championship


first_img Published on March 9, 2018 at 10:12 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+ With a time of 14:14:47, Justyn Knight became the NCAA Indoor Champion in the 5000-meter race, his first national indoor track championship victory.The slow pace made the race Knight’s to win. Knight had the most juice left in the tank and it showed in the final 200 meters, where he separated himself from the pack with a burst of blazing speed.Knight pulled away from Alabama’s Vincent Kiprop (14:15:01) and Oklahoma State’s Hassan Abdi (14:15:38) to coast through the finish line. Knight is set to compete in the 3k race tomorrow. Knight is the second NCAA Track and Field Champion from SU, joining Jarret Eaton, who won the 60-meter hurdles in 2012. He’s also the first SU athlete in 37 years to win multiple individual national championships.In the Women’s 5k, junior Paige Stoner couldn’t keep pace with the top half of the field and ended up with a time of 16:05:88, good for eighth out of 16.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarlier in the night, in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles, neither Matt Moore nor Angelo Goss qualified for the finals. Moore, a sophomore, just barely missed the cut by 0.02 seconds. Goss, a senior, finished in last place. Commentslast_img read more

Angels designate reliever Cody Allen for assignment


first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Angels bullpen needed a fresh arm Saturday, and the only relievers with options were Ty Buttrey and Justin Anderson, both of whom have been more valuable this season than Allen.Taylor Cole was recalled to take Allen’s spot.“Not an easy decision,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “I know he’s not performed as well as he would have liked, but he was a tremendous teammate and a tremendous professional. It’s not easy giving good people bad news.”Allen had a stretch of 12 innings in which he’d allowed two runs, but then he gave up a pair of homers in a game last week, followed by a four-run performance on Friday night.After that, Allen said: “Either I’m going to get better, or they’re going to find someone else who does. That’s the reality of the game.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The next morning, he didn’t sound surprised at the news. He said he’s been trying to rediscover his mechanics ever since he got to the Angels, continuing a process that began in the middle of last season with the Cleveland Indians. It was complicated by a back injury that cost him some time in April.“I felt like I had came out of the gates throwing the ball really, really well,” said Allen, who didn’t allow a run in his first five games. “Then, you know, went on the IL and that kind of paused things for a minute there. And then pretty much since I’ve come off the IL, it just hasn’t hasn’t been the same. But I’m extremely grateful for everything this organization has done for me in the short time that I’ve been here, you know. They’ve put forth a valiant, valiant effort, and there’s been a lot of people that have cared deeply about my success. And so  that’s greatly appreciated.”Ausmus said Allen “worked his tail off” to try to solve his issues, but “nothing was sticking.”Allen, 30, had been one of baseball’s most consistent closers from 2014-17 with the Indians, becoming that franchise’s all-time saves leader. He struggled last season, with declining fastball velocity and a curveball that didn’t work as had in the past.The Indians allowed him to go and the Angels signed him in January, a move general manager Billy Eppler hoped would give them a closer to top off a bullpen with less experienced arms.Clearly, it didn’t work, and Ausmus said he wasn’t quite sure what Allen needed to fix, but he hoped that he could figure it out.“I hope he rediscovers something and is pitching somewhere else because he’s a good person and I’d like to see him continue his career,” Ausmus said.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — After Cody Allen gave up four more runs in his latest difficult outing, he said he knew if he didn’t improve the Angels were going to find someone else.About 12 hours later, they did.The Angels designated Allen for assignment Saturday morning, cutting their losses with their $8.5 million investment. Allen had a 6.26 ERA in 25 games, including allowing six runs in his last two outings.“Carrying around the numbers I’ve been carrying around for a little bit, the organization has a responsibility to put the best product on the field and I just haven’t been that,” Allen said. “There’s a lot of really, really good young arms that are waiting in the wings and that give them some versatility and production.” ALSOJustin Upton was scheduled for a workout at Angel Stadium on Saturday, after which he could be cleared to join the Angels for Monday’s game in Toronto. Upton had two homers among his four hits Friday night for Inland Empire. He was 7 for 21 in six games during his rehab assignment. Upton has missed the entire season so far after suffering a sprained toe just before Opening Day…Tommy La Stella, who was scratched Friday because of forearm tightness, was improved Saturday but still not in the lineup. Ausmus said he hoped La Stella would be available to pinch-hit Saturday and start Sunday…Will Wilson, the Angels’ top pick in the draft, left his first professional game Friday night after jamming his thumb on a head-first slide into second. X-rays were negative.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning, 2-2, 3.52) at Rays (RHP Ryne Stanek, 0-1, 2.54), 10:10 a.m., Fox Sports West Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more