Football

FIFA wants uniform global use of VAR, says refs chief Collina

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – FIFA wants VAR video reviews to be applied in the same way across all competitions, as they take over direct responsibility for the system. Issues concerning VAR have been handled primarily...

Our players are not assassins, Bologna’s Mihajlovic says

(Reuters) – Bologna are picking up so many yellow cards it is like they are fielding a team of “assassins”, the Serie A side’s coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has said. Mihajlovic was ordered from the touchline during his team’s 2-1 home defeat to Sassuolo in Serie A on Wednesday after he lost his temper with the...

Khan wary of Rodu’s influence

Suva Football head coach Babz Khan is keeping his cards close to his chest as they prepare for the resumption of the Vodafone Premier League. Suva is scheduled to play an unpredictable Rewa outfit which is under the guidance of former national football player and coach Marika Rodu. “Rewa is Rewa,” Khan said. “Rodu is...

Salah double keeps Liverpool on track for points record

BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – Mohamed Salah scored twice as champions Liverpool moved on to 92 points with a 3-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Wednesday. The victory kept Liverpool on target to secure a record Premier League points tally, with Juergen Klopp’s side needing nine from their remaining four...

9th July

Ryder Cup postponed due to coronavirus

(Reuters) – This year’s Ryder Cup, which was scheduled to be held in late September in Wisconsin, has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said on Wednesday. The hotly-contested biennial team competition between the United States and Europe, known for its raucous, partisan crowds, was originally scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at...

England 35-1 as weather spoils long-awaited test return

SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) – After a 117-day absence, international cricket returned in familiar fashion on Wednesday as rain and bad light restricted the first test between England and West Indies to 17.4 overs and the hosts closed a frustrating day on 35-1. After all the anticipation, day one of the first of three tests turned...

Everton need home wins to reach Europe, says Ancelotti

(Reuters) – Everton must target maximum points from their three remaining home games this season to keep their European qualification hopes alive, manager Carlo Ancelotti said on Wednesday. Everton are 11th in the Premier League standings with 44 points and suffered their first loss since the restart to Tottenham Hotspur on Monday. Ancelotti said the...

Navua gears up

The Navua football team is treating its match against traditional champion Ba with renewed vigour as the side readies itself for a daunting challenge. The Men in Black will host Navua at the Fiji Football Association academy ground 1 in Ba on Saturday at 3pm. “Preparation has been ongoing. The players regrouped last week. All...

Milan hit back with three goals in five minutes to floor Juve

MILAN (Reuters) – AC Milan scored three times in five astonishing second-half minutes as they hit back from two goals down to beat visiting Serie A leaders Juventus 4-2 on Tuesday, the first points dropped by the Turin side since the season restarted last month. Juve appeared to be cruising to another win when Adrien...

8th July

No return for Gibson despite Burnley injury woes

BURNLEY, England (Reuters) – Burnley will not be asking Ben Gibson to return to training with the club despite the injury to skipper Ben Mee leaving them with only two senior central defenders for the remainder of the campaign. Gibson joined Burnley for a reported 15 million pounds from Middlesbrough in 2018 but after finding...

Europe’s top-flight clubs face 4 billion euros in lost revenue due to COVID-19

BERN (Reuters) – The novel coronavirus pandemic is likely to cost Europe’s top-flight football clubs around 4 billion euros (3.59 billion pounds) in lost revenue, a study published by the association which represents them said on Tuesday. The analysis by the European Club Association (ECA) also warned that the biggest losses would be felt next...

6th July

Football plan: Star Roy Krishna commends move for academy

Fiji football golden boy Roy Krishna has commended the efforts by Fiji Football Association on expanding the game of football in the Northern Division with the construction of the Labasa Football Academy. “I am so glad that Fiji Football Association is setting up an academy in my hometown Labasa,” Krishna posted on his social media...

Liverpool labour to home win

Liverpool kept alive their bid to finish the Premier League season with a perfect home record after labouring to a 2-0 win against relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Sunday (Monday NZ time) in their first match at Anfield since winning the title. A 17th straight home victory this season _ and surely the most underwhelming _...

Greenwood shines as five-star Man United crush Bournemouth

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester United’s three-pronged attack combined to devastating effect as they crushed Bournemouth 5-2 in the Premier League on Saturday to move into the top four and stretch their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions. Mason Greenwood shone with two superb goals while Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and playmaker Bruno...

Kante injury takes gloss of Chelsea win

LONDON (Reuters) – A hamstring injury for N’Golo Kante took some of the gloss off Chelsea’s impressive 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday. Kante picked up the injury in the second half at Stamford Bridge — a potential blow in Chelsea’s battle to seal a top-four finish in the Premier League. The fixtures are coming...

5th July

Patel praises World Cup hosts

Fiji FA president and FIFA council member Rajesh Patel congratulated both New Zealand Football and Football Federation Australia for such a milestone achievement after winning the bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. “On behalf of the board members and the entire football fraternity I heartedly congratulate NZFA on the massive achievement of...

4th July

Fiji FA embarks on northern tour

Fiji Football executives will be in the Northern Division today on a site visitation of the Fiji FA Labasa Academy and meeting with stake-holders in Macuata and Bua. “We will be there to meet with the builders and design consultants in Labasa to see the progress,” confirmed chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf. “It is a...

Krishna commends FFA for construction of academy

Fiji Football’s golden boy Roy Krishna has commended the efforts by Fiji Football on expanding the game of football in the northern division with the construction of the Labasa Football Academy. “So glad that Fiji Football is setting up an academy in my hometown Labasa,” Krishna said on his social media platform Facebook. Krishna had...

MSG Secretariat signs historical MOU with OFC

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today, Friday, July 3, 2020, between the MSG Secretariat Acting Director General, George Hoa’au and the President of the Oceania Football Confederations (OFC), Lambert Maltok to establish a mutually cooperative relationship between the two organisations, in promoting and developing football and futsal in Melanesia. The MoU’s objective include...

Australia and New Zealand named hosts for 2023 Women’s World Cup

(Reuters) – Australia and New Zealand were handed the right to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup soccer tournament by a comfortable margin after a vote by the FIFA Council on Thursday. Their joint proposal beat a rival bid from Colombia to host the tournament which is being expanded to 32 teams. Japan, who had...

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