FIFA president Gianni Infantino has tested positive for COVID-19, having reportedly experiencing mild symptoms and it is said that he will quarantine for at least 10 days. The world governing football body made this disclosure on Tuesday and has advised all those who have come into close contact with the 50 years old to self-isolate.
English football giants Liverpool and Manchester United, have presented a proposal that will see the English top-flight league EPL cut down to 18 teams from the current 20. The blueprint for change was developed by John W Henry, Liverpool’s principal owner, with Old Trafford throwing its weight behind the idea. Glazer suggested that the radical manifesto is necessary to safeguard the existence of professional clubs outside the Premier League.
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has expressed his excitement to play for England’s National team for the first time. Saka was handed his first senior England call up by the England manager Gareth Southgate for their matches against Wales, Belgium, and Denmark. The 19-year-old was born in England to Nigerian parents, making him eligible to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria but chose to play for the Three Lions of England instead. The President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick said in June that NFF was not going to beg Saka to play for Nigeria because there are plenty of players that play like Saka in Nigeria.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos, says Cristiano Ronaldo is doing just fine and is showing no symptoms after his positive coronavirus test while in the Portugal camp. "I am told he (Ronaldo) is doing well. Obviously from the time he did the retest this morning, and it was confirmed, he went into isolation last night after he did the test, just like all the players. Yesterday after taking the test the players went to their rooms, then overnight we got the news," he said. "Tomorrow Cristiano and the other players will be tested again. Obviously, Cristiano has been isolated from the others from the start and will remain isolated. He's in his room. He says he wants to play. He talks to us from his balcony. And anyway, he is completely asymptomatic. He feels fine, without any symptoms at all. He doesn't even know what happened to him.
Arsenal Football Club is yet to sit with its midfielder, Mesut Ozil to discuss issues surrounding the termination of his contract, while he is not interested in leaving the club.
The German star was an integral part of the Mikel Arteta team before the pandemic but has dropped down in the selection order pushing him to lose relevance as he has not played a single minute of the current campaign.
The UEFA Executive Committee has finally agreed to Fans returning to cheer their teams both at the Champions League games and the Europa league games. Stadiums will be allowed to be filled to a maximum of 30 percent capacity, and will only reopen where local laws permit. No away fans will be allowed at this stage due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.