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Messi confirms pay cut for Barca players, criticizes board

Messi confirms pay cut for Barca players, criticizes board

MADRID (AFP) – Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that Barcelona’s players will take a 70 per cent pay cut and make financial contributions to ensure the club’s other employees are paid in full during the state of alarm in Spain. In a lengthy message posted on his Instagram account, Messi also took another swipe at […]

Ronaldo, other Juventus players agree to pay cut

Juventus on Saturday announced that they had cut their players’ and coach Maurizio Sarri’s salaries after all Italian sport was suspended until at least April 3 due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The economic and financial effects of the understanding reached are positive for about 90 million euros ($100.5 million) for the 2019/2020 financial year,” said […]

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Football league plays on – only in Belarus

As the rest of Europe shuts up shop to combat the new coronavirus, Belarus remains resolutely open for business. Restaurants in the former Soviet Republic continue to serve food, and the country’s football league plays on. Despite being at the door of a Europe grappling with the deadly COVID-19, life goes on here more or […]

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ASEAN women’s football tilt postponed

By JONAS TERRADO   The country’s hosting of the AFF Women’s Championship has been postponed to a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASEAN Football Federation said on Wednesday. The AFF included the Women’s Championship in the list of competitions on hold for the next four months as the Southeast Asian region continues […]

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A-League football, Australia’s last active sport, pulls plug

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia’s last active sport, the A-League soccer, pulled the plug on its season Tuesday to curb the spread of coronavirus, with bosses saying it had become “mission impossible”. The decision follows the National Rugby League and the country’s most popular spectator sport, Aussie Rules, making similar decisions over the past two days. […]

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Former Real Madrid president dies after contracting coronavirus

MADRID (AFP) – Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz, who was hospitalised with coronavirus, died on Saturday at the age of 76, his son announced. Sanz was in charge of the Spanish giants from 1995-2000, overseeing two Champions League titles. “My father has just passed away. He did not deserve this ending and in this […]

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