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Fifa makes VAR optional for top leagues this season

kriralok desk: The top football leagues like Premier League, La Liga have been given the option to do away with Video Assistant Referee (VAR) once the competitions resume after being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Apex football body Fifa and the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which set the rules, have issued new guidelines ahead of the restart of ...

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The Hundred not profitable at this point

kriralok desk: Surrey chief executive Richard Gould has challenged the ECB’s claim that the first season of The Hundred would have been profitable. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the financial crisis that is facing the sport as a result, the ECB have been quick to double down on the importance of launching The Hundred, quashing any talk of ...

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Rohit Sharma hoping India’s tour of Australia goes ahead

kriralok desk: Rohit Sharma is hopeful that India’s tour of Australia – scheduled to be held at the end of 2020 – goes ahead. Talking to Australia’s David Warner in an Instagram Live session, Rohit professed his love for playing cricket Down Under and why the full series – involving four Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is – could be ...

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European football returns on May 16

kriralok desk: The Bundesliga has been given the go ahead to resume on May 16 behind closed doors, following two months of frustration and delays during the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement on Thursday came one day after clubs were told the season could restart following a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors. “Everyone has ...

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Boxing will be back in June

kriralok desk: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum expects to be staging boxing cards without fans from next month. Like virtually all sports, boxing has been on a hiatus while the world tries to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. However, as some restrictions begin to be lifted across the globe, Arum has confirmed plans are afoot to bring boxing events back soon. ...

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Tottenham cut pay of 550 non-playing staff by 20 per cent

kriralok desk: Tottenham have cut the pay of their 550 non-playing staff for April and May by 20 per cent because of the coronavirus pandemic, chairman Daniel Levy announced on Tuesday. Spurs became the second Premier League team after Newcastle United to make use of the United Kingdom government’s furlough scheme, which allows employees to claim 80 per cent of ...

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Rashford kicks on in recovery from back injury

kriralok desk: Marcus Rashford has been cleared to step up his recovery from a back injury following positive scans on the problem, Manchester United have confirmed. England star Rashford has not featured for United since sustaining a double stress fracture in the FA Cup third-round replay win over Wolves on January 15. There were fears the 22-year-old, United’s top scorer ...

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Suggestions for a post-coronavirus football ‘reform’

kriralok desk: Football will eventually return following the coronavirus pandemic, but it could look a little different. The sport’s leading competitions have been suspended amid the global crisis, and FIFA president Gianni Infantino this week suggested the pause represented an opportunity to “reform football”. “Perhaps we can reform football by taking a step backwards,” Infantino told Gazzetta dello Sport. “[There ...

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Roma to dedicate next match to frontline medical staff

kriralok desk: Roma will dedicate their first match following the coronavirus pandemic to medical staff around the world, with 5,000 free tickets to be given to frontline workers. Elite sport has been halted by the global crisis, with more than 650,000 confirmed cases and over 30,000 deaths. Only the United States has more cases than Italy, where Serie A has ...

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