UEFA publishes Premier League recommendation
UEFA has stressed its “strong recommendation” for the end of the Premier League season – and should confirm a potential timetable for the rest of the campaign later this week.
The European governing body held a videoconference with its 55 member associations on Tuesday to discuss options for resuming actions currently on hold due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The Premier League has been suspended since March 13, with the best clubs pledging to continue the campaign once it is safely possible.
Liverpool have a 25-point lead at the top and only need to win two of their nine remaining games to lift the title for the first time since 1990.
A statement read as follows: “Various schedule options were presented, covering both competitive matches for national teams and clubs.
“The funding of national associations through the UEFA Hat Trick program has also been discussed with UEFA, reiterating its commitment to make payments to member associations as planned.
“It has been strongly recommended to complete national first division and cup competitions, but some special cases will be heard once the guidelines for participation in European competitions – in the event of the cancellation of a league – have been developed.
“Any decision on the above matters will be announced on Thursday after the UEFA Executive Committee. “
UEFA, which recognizes that the priority remains the health and safety of supporters and footballers, will meet the European Association of Clubs and national leagues – including the Premier League – on Wednesday.
Coutinho close to Chelsea move according to reports
The future of former Brazilian Liverpool striker Philippe Coutinho has been the subject of some speculation.
And according to the latest reports, he could be on his way back to the Premier League – but not Anfield.
The 27-year-old could head to Stamford Bridge, according to Spanish media Sport, who said the Londoners had started talks with Barcelona and were leading the race for his signature.
The report suggests that the Blues do not wish to meet the value of 80 million pounds sterling of the player, but with Barça who wanted to bring in the Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez who has a release clause of 97 million pounds, their hand could be forced.
Rush greet henderson
Ian Rush praised Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, calling him “Premier League captain” for his work on the Players Together initiative.
Reds midfielder Henderson was the driving force behind the collective decision of the majority of the biggest high-flying stars to donate to the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.
The voluntary program has set up a contribution fund which will be used to distribute the funds where they are most needed during this time of national crisis, with no less than 27 Liverpool players.
People like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk are all involved from Anfield, but it was Henderson whose efforts proved to be the catalyst for the Players Together program after calling his fellow captains in the Premier League to put the wheels in motion.
Rush, who is the club’s top scorer of all time with 346 goals, says Henderson’s efforts show his influence at Anfield and beyond.
“It was an absolutely fantastic move and I think it also shows Jordan’s leadership qualities,” Rush told ECHO.
“Both on and off the pitch, he has been absolutely fantastic for Liverpool Football Club.
“People sometimes don’t like it off the pitch, and it’s just another way of showing how good Jordan Henderson has been. He was the captain of the Premier League to really do that.
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“A lot of footballers do a lot of work for charity, and the fact is that these footballers don’t want to advertise it all. They don’t want it, and they should be congratulated. ”