The last one: the Copa del Rey final delayed until the fans


Almost empty stadium area around Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England on Saturday March 14, 2020 after all English football games were canceled due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more serious illness.

Almost empty stadium area around Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England on Saturday March 14, 2020 after all English football games were canceled due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more serious illness.

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The Spanish football federation has declared that the Copa del Rey final will not take place until supporters are allowed to return to the stadiums in Spain.

The federation has announced that the final between rivals of the Basque Country Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad will be delayed until fans are allowed to attend, even if that means playing the match next year.

The two clubs only asked to compete in the final when supporters were allowed to return.

The federation says that the only condition is that it takes place before the 2020-21 final.

This year’s final was originally scheduled for April 18 in Seville.


French horse racing organizer France Galop said Paris police have given the green light to resume racing next Monday when France begins to ease its lockout against coronaviruses in place since March 17.

The president of France Galop, Edouard de Rothschild, announced the decision in a tweet.

He says, “This is very good news and a real victory! “

The first races will take place on the ParisLongchamp circuit without spectators.

The organizer has previously stated that access to the racetracks will be tightly controlled when races resume.

He said that horses trained abroad and foreign jockeys will not be allowed to participate in French races before the end of May at the earliest.


World TeamTennis is in discussions with several cities with the aim of finding one to host the full schedule of nine league teams in one spot without spectators in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The WTT still hopes to start the game on July 12, as scheduled.

But that could change, as could the length of the season. It normally lasts three weeks and takes place on the home sites of the different teams.

The league teams are based in Chicago; Las Vegas; New York; Orlando; Orange County; Cream Philadelphia; San Diego; Springfield, Missouri; Washington.

All sanctioned professional tennis tours are suspended until at least mid-July due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Some exhibits began to appear, without fans.


The German football league reports that there have been 10 positive tests for the new coronavirus among 36 Bundesliga and second division clubs.

The DFL says that 1,724 tests for COVID-19 were carried out on two rounds among the players and the staff.

Cologne previously reported three positive cases, while the Stuttgart second division reported one “inconclusive result”.

The tests were part of the hygiene concept of the LDF, because it proposes to restart the leagues during the month of May. He said the teams will also undertake “a mandatory quarantine training camp before a possible chase.”

Testing will continue whether or not competitive games restart.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and 16 state governors postponed the decision to take over the Bundesliga until Wednesday without supporters.

The German clubs had pledged to end the season in late June.


The Big Ten Conference announced that it would extend the suspension of organized team activities until June 1 and then reassess it.

The conference previously announced a moratorium on all recruitment activities on and off campus. No end date has been set.

The Big Ten says it continues to consult with medical experts and school leaders to determine the appropriate steps to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said at a regents meeting last week that he hoped preparations for the 2020 football season could begin on June 1.


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Hockey Hall of Fame Wayne Gretzky and American women’s football star Carli Lloyd are among athletes participating in a project that will recognize and celebrate health care workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Real Heroes Project was announced on Monday. It is a collaborative initiative between 15 leagues, including Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer.

Participating athletes will share a personal thank you message on social media using #TheRealHeroes starting Monday. Athletes will cover their names on their jerseys or uniforms and replace it with the name of the health worker they honor.

The public service announcements will debut on Wednesday on league and team platforms. The other participating leagues are ATP, NASCAR, NWSL, USGA, WNBA, WTA as well as WWE and Overwatch esports, Call of Duty League and Electronic Arts.

Other participating athletes include New York Yankees star fielder Aaron Judge and Milwaukee Brewers batter Christian Yelich (MLB), Utah Jazz point guard Donovan Mitchell (NBA), wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals DeAndre Hopkins and the San Francisco 49ers George Kittle (NFL). ), Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and famous hockey Hall of Fame Hayley Wickenheiser (NHL) as well as Los Angeles Galaxy forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore and the Orlando City striker SC Nani (MLS).

NASCAR Cup Series double champion Kyle Busch, American football star Alex Morgan, WNBA double star Breanna Stewart and Ashleigh Barty, the best tennis player in the world, are also included. The leagues have partnered with creative agency 72andSunny and production company Hecho Studios for the campaign.


Amiens is asking the French Football League to reconsider its decision to relegate the country’s elite club after the season ended early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The team from northern France launched a petition to “seek justice for this far-reaching decision that goes against fairness in sport”.

Amiens was in 19th place in Ligue 1 made up of 20 teams, above Toulouse only, when sport from around the world was interrupted in March due to the pandemic. The French league season was canceled last week by order of the government.

Amiens still had 10 games to play and was four points behind eighteenth place in Nîmes. The last two teams are automatically relegated to France.

Amiens says the “fairest choice” would be to expand Ligue 1 and make it a division of 22 teams for the 2020-21 season.

The club calls on “supporters of Amiens and football lovers” to support its initiative, which “would make football and sport grow.”


Research is underway to find a new host for the European Women’s Gymnastics Championships.

European Gymnastics, the continental governing body, says that France is unable to host the championships if they are postponed until the fall of 2020, so “the call for a new host is open”.

The championships were scheduled to take place in Paris from April 29 to May 3 as a tune-up before the Olympics, but were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. European Gymnastics still hopes to stage them on a new date.

European gymnastics says the European men’s championships will remain in the host country, Azerbaijan, at dates postponed later this year, and the rhythmic gymnastics championships will remain in Ukraine.

He is looking for a new host for the European Trampoline Championships to replace Sweden. This event was moved from this month to the spring of 2021.


The English football official says he does not expect crowds to be allowed to return to matches “anytime soon”.

The Premier League and other football competitions in England were suspended for two months during the coronavirus pandemic.

English football federation, which owns Wembley stadium and leads national teams, cuts annual budget by £ 75m ($ 93m) as it tries to make up for a ‘worst case’ deficit of 300 million pounds over the next four years.

FA President Greg Clarke said: “With the social distancing in place for some time to come, we are facing substantial changes in the entire football ecosystem.

In a letter to the FA Council, Clarke said, “It’s hard to predict that crowds of fans – who are the cornerstone of the game – will return to the games soon.”

The English Football League, which manages the three professional divisions under the Premier League, said club matches could be played without supporters until 2021.

The Premier League is trying to find a way to restart next month. Liverpool are 25 points ahead with nine games left.

The FA Cup quarter-finals have not yet been played.


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