Football

1st April

Messi announces additional Barca pay cut to help employees

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona players will make an extra contribution on top of the 70% pay cut they have agreed to take during the enforced La Liga break so that the club’s other employees can...

31st March

UEFA to discuss Champions League fate in Wednesday meeting

(Reuters) – UEFA will discuss the fate of this season’s Champions League and its other competitions that have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in a video conference meeting on Wednesday, European soccer’s governing body said in a statement. All UEFA competitions have been halted because of the flu-like virus that has killed around...

Fiji FA adamant to complete 2020 season

Fiji Football Association (FFA) is adamant to complete the 2020 season despite the uncertainty regarding the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic will have in the country. Sporting competitions have been banned by the Government until further notice. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said the cancellation of the Fiji FACT would mean a major...

Sports events around the world hit by coronavirus pandemic

(Reuters) – Major sports events around the world that have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic: OLYMPICS – The International Olympic Committee and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded the Tokyo 2020 Olympics must be postponed and held no later than the summer of 2021. OLYMPIC TRIALS – U.S. trials for wrestling (April 4-5) were...

Manchester City’s Gundogan says Liverpool deserve title if season cancelled

(Reuters) – Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says it would only be “fair” for rivals Liverpool to be awarded the English Premier League trophy if the season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Gundogan told German broadcaster ZDF that Liverpool deserved to be crowned champions given their massive 25-point lead over second-placed City,...

30th March

FASANOC works closely with sporting organisations

FIJI Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee chief executive officer Lorrain Mar says they are working closely with national federations in the country as to how they might adapt to training during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The national federations are the experts for their sport, so FASANOC will consult and be guided by the NF...

29th March

Nemani reminisces football days

THE national football team first participated in the FIFA World Cup qualification in 1982, however the 1988 campaign against the Australian Socceroos, especially the first leg on November 26, 1988 that was played at Prince Charles Park in Nadi is etched in the annals of local football history books. The national football team was competing...

Solano apologises for curfew incident in Peru

LIMA (Reuters) – Former Newcastle United midfielder Norberto Solano apologised on Friday after being detained by Peruvian police for being outside his house during tight quarantine hours set up to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Solano claimed he left his home on Thursday before the 8pm curfew began for a lunch that went longer...

German Cup semi-finals postponed

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s cup semi-finals, scheduled for late next month, have been postponed in a further sign that top-flight football will not resume for some time due to the coronavirus crisis. Holders Bayern Munich were to host Eintracht Frankfurt on April 21 and fourth-tier Saarbrucken to welcome Bayer Leverkusen the following day but the...

28th March

Soccer: PSG sell out special jerseys, raise over 200,000 euros for hospitals

(Reuters) – Paris St Germain have raised over 200,000 euros ($221,320.00) for local healthcare professionals battling the coronavirus outbreak with the release of a limited edition jersey, the Ligue 1 champions have said. The shirt is a replica of PSG’s current home strip but has the words ‘Tous Unis’ (All Together) where the main sponsor...

27th March

Attitude, respect and discipline key to success

ROY Krishna believes attitude, respect and discipline plays a major role in the success of a footballer. “I think most of the local football players don’t have any other job apart from playing football. To give something to the family is one of the things I always do. I put my family at the forefront....

Players reminded about importance of safety

FIJI Football Association has called on its district players and officials to stay safe during these times. Fiji FA CEO Mohammed Yusuf said as COVID-19 continues to affect the whole nation, players and officials need to take heed of advices. “We request the players to stay safe during these times and take care of their...

Football coach requests players to keep training

WHILE government has prohibited all mass gatherings as a means of stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pendamic, national football coach Flemming Serristlev has asked footballers in the country to keep training on their own and be in good shape. “We have to respect all the guidelines put in place by the Government,” Serristlev said....

25th March

Fiji FA seeks help

THE Fiji Football Association will seek the assistance of the Oceania Football Confederation to fill the void created by the sudden resignation of national team director and Fiji FA Ba academy manager Ravinesh Kumar. The lone A-Licence accredited coach in the country, Kumar tendered his resignation last week. According to Kumar, his resignation was because...

Football is growing in India says Krishna

NATIONAL football captain Roy Krishna believes the game of football in India is growing very fast compared with the A-League in Australia and New Zealand. Krishna returned home on Sunday after his first season playing with the ATK side in the Indian Super League. He helped his side win the ISL title this year. “I...

Fiji FA urge players to continue personal training

FIJI Football Association President Rajesh Patel has urged all football players to continue their individual trainings and keep themselves fit and active. Patel says this was a very critical time in everyone’s life and we all should take things sensibly. “Thing about your family, your kids, your parents, grandparents and yourself and maintain good personal...

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