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UCL, Europa League finals postponed

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UEFA have announced the the finals for the men’s Champions League and Europa League and the women’s Champions League have been postponed.

In a statement on their website European soccer’s governing body said they will “rearrange their showpiece fixtures due to the ongoing health crisis in Europe” as the coronavirus epidemic continues to hit the vast majority of Europe hard each and every day.

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All three finals were due to be played in May and this update was expected following UEFA’s previous announcement that it would extend its season until June 30 and canceled EURO 2020 to allow domestic leagues to finish play.

No details where given on whether the Champions League and Europa League finals will still take place in Istanbul, Turkey and Gdansk, Poland respectively for the men’s game or in Vienna, Austria for the women’s UCL final. This decision was taken by the new working group set up to manage UEFA’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and it suggests that domestic leagues and UEFA competitions will not be ready to return by the start of May when most have suggested that would.

Below is the statement from UEFA in full:

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis in Europe, UEFA has today formally taken the decision to postpone the following matches, originally scheduled for May 2020:

  • UEFA Women’s Champions League Final
  • UEFA Europa League Final
  • UEFA Champions League Final

No decision has yet been made on rearranged dates. The working group, established last week as a result of the conference call among the stakeholders of European football, which was chaired by UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, will analyse the options available. The group has already begun its examination of the calendar. Announcements will be made in due course.

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Asensio leads Real Madrid to victory in online tournament

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MADRID — Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio led his team to victory in an online video game tournament that raised more than 140,000 euros ($149,000) for the fight against the coronavirus.

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Marco Asensio beat Leganes player Aitor Ruibal 4-2 in Sunday’s final of the three-day tournament hosted by well-known Spanish e-sports play-by-play commentator Ibai Llanos.

Eighteen teams participated, each represented by a player from their real squads.

Spanish authorities have said more than 33,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus in the country, with 2,182 deaths.

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For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover.

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Report: Premier League clubs to hold April 3 meeting

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Premier League clubs will next discuss the future in an April 3 call, according to Sky Sports.

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There are nine full matchdays left to play this season, with Manchester City, Arsenal, Aston Villa, and Sheffield United having 10 to play.

The clubs are hoping to have more guidance from the government and other experts before the April call, and will not make any decisions until they know how they will affect the country.

Sky Sports News has been told a return date of June 1 is one of several dates put forward for consideration, but clubs did not discuss fixture modelling in detail during an emergency call on March 19.

The Premier League was initially suspended until April 3 before the clubs extending the suspension to April 30 on Thursday.

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Recovered young Irish player details scary coronavirus fight

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Irish forward Lee Duffy is warning the world to take coronavirus seriously after the 28-year-old was hit hard by COVID-19.

Duffy was most recently with Newry City in the Northern Ireland Football League Championship, playing 11 times with a goal and an assist this season.

He contracted coronavirus and tested positive two weeks ago, where he says he “spent 8 days in hospital hooked up to oxygen as I could no longer breathe on my own.”

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Duffy concludes with a second Tweet advising people to “not to take this lightly.”

Duffy played for Warrenpoint in the Northern Ireland Premiership for a half-season after spending several seasons between Irish clubs Drogheda United, Wexford, Longford Town, Shelbourne, and Ballymun United.

Here is a message from Warrenpoint, via The Belfast Telegraph:

“Lee is a young very fit 28 year old. Please take this virus seriously. It attacks all ages,” they said. “Lee is in our thoughts and we pray for his continued recovery.”

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Fellaini tests positive for coronavirus

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Marouane Fellaini has implored the world to “stay safe” after announcing that he’s tested positive for coronavirus.

The test came as Fellaini returned to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng on Friday. He will be quarantined, according to Sky Sports, but is asymptomatic and did not have a fever.

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Fellaini joins Juventus star Paulo Dybala, AC Milan’s Paolo and Daniel Maldini, and a host of others in testing positive for COVID-19.

The Belgian midfielder was rumored to make a Premier League return this January. He’s made 260 appearances between Everton and Manchester United in the PL alone.

He has 87 caps and 19 goals for Belgium and played all 120 minutes when the Red Devils beat the USMNT at the 2014 World Cup. He scored against Japan in Belgian’s run to the World Cup semifinals.

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