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Rooney’s anger exposes the dark side of the Premier League (Part 1)

Rooney’s recent article sparked a heated debate in England. In the comment section of The Times last weekend, Wayne Rooney issued a message with a lot of anger.

He stated that he and his colleagues are happy to support the government and health workers in the current crisis. However, the former MU striker did not forget to open the attack on the boss and organizers of Premier League. “Why do football stars have to be scapegoats?” Wrote Rooney.

Rooney is the only star of football in the foggy country to dare to express his attitude openly, even somewhat harshly about the salary that the players are receiving in the current crisis.

The English striker wrote that the bosses and tournament organizers in England acted “dirty”, when putting pressure on the players and asking them to automatically cut wages to help the team overcome. hard.

In a meeting last week, the organizer of Premier League asked the British Professional Football Association (PFA) to share the difficulties with the clubs. The shareholders who are owners of 20 teams want players to reduce 30% of income in the context of the tournament does not take place because of the disease.

In a statement, Health Secretary Matt Hancock also expressed his desire that football players should voluntarily reduce their wages.

However, PFA does not believe that players must sacrifice income from clubs. A part of the players who are playing in the Premier League believe that their sacrifices will only benefit the team owners, instead of directly helping the community.

According to English law, players are still paid in full during the break, unlike in Spain, where clubs can automatically cut 70% of a player’s salary thanks to ERTE law.

Rooney believes the British authorities and Premier League executives intentionally put the players in an awkward position. “If the players go out and claim to disagree with the pay cut, they will be considered rich but miserly,” the striker is playing for Derby County.

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The kind action of MU and Liverpool when Premier League is postponed

MU and Liverpool took the lead in kind action when the Premier League postponed the end of April because of Covid-19.

Premier League 2019/20 is suspended until April 30

The Covid-19 epidemic is crippling world football as most tournaments have been postponed to ensure public health. Recently, the Premier League organizers have agreed to postpone the tournament until the end of April instead of the April 3 milestone as originally expected. This decision was made after a stakeholder meeting on March 19.

Delaying the tournament for more than a month not only makes fans wait but also creates many other consequences. The easiest are those who make a match. Security, driving, sanitation staff, medical staff of the stadiums in the Premier League are in unemployment. They are usually seasonal workers and only get paid for the matches they take place.

According to a Independent UK investigation, these employees receive only about £ 8.21 per hour of work. With the tournament delayed until April 30, the risk of “starvation” of these employees is great. The same situation is experienced in the United States in the US professional basketball (NBA) teams.

The kind action of the football clubs

The clubs really want to help but cannot afford the cost to seasonal workers. Therefore, the French shadow star Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) has donated $ 200,000 to the employees of the stadium to cover life during temporarily unemployed.

However, the situation in England is somewhat brighter with nice gestures from the clubs. Independent newspaper survey with 20 clubs currently playing in the Premier League about the ability to pay for the staff of the stadium during the time off because of Covi-19 and obtained very positive results.

Typically, Liverpool, the Anfield home team, still accepts to pay employees for three days of playing at home as expected (March 21, April 12, April 25) despite the fact that it does not take place. Each match will cost about 200,000 to 250,000 pounds per match so the total amount of Liverpool “relief” for the staff falls from 600,000 to 750,000 pounds.

MU also confirmed the same thing when the Old Trafford team wants to reduce financial anxiety for seasonal employees and recognize their important role for the club. However, the prerequisite is that these employees must work for the club for 3 months or more. In addition, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Wolves are also responding to this movement.

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Premier League and EFL suspended in England due to the spread of coronavirus

Elite football in England has been suspended till at least April 3 due to the spread of coronavirus.

All games in Premier League, Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship, and EFL in England, plus in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, are postponed.

The play of Premier League will start on 4 April, depending on the conditions at the time.

Football Association Chairman Greg Clarke has expressed his fear at the emergency meeting last Friday that the season might have to be abandoned.

The international friendly matches between England and Italy due to on March 27 and Denmark four days later are off.

The EFL hopes to resume play one day earlier than the Premier League on April 3. The EFL said it was advised that clubs had better suspend non-essential activities like fan meetings, player appearances, and training ground visits.

Since FIFA recommended that all impending internationals had better to be called off, the UEFA Euro 2020 play-offs might also be postponed, too.

Northern Ireland, Scotland, and the Republic are all planned to play their semi-finals on March 26 and the finals five days later.

Late on Thursday, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was announced to have tested positive for the coronavirus, and then early on Friday, Chelsea striker Callum Hudson-Odoi also revealed that he had been affected. Meanwhile, a first-team player of Everton is said to have shown symptoms.

Earlier this week, some clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester City, Leicester City, Arsenal, Bournemouth, Real Madrid, and Juventus, revealed that they have some or even all of their staff in self-isolation.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday that suspending major public events like sporting fixtures was considered by the government but would be a measure to protect public services rather than delay the spread.

Meanwhile, the EFL said although this decision had not been lightly taken, they had to prioritize the health of players, staff and supporters as well as acknowledge the national efforts in tackling this outbreak.

Football has also been suspended in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, and the USA.

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Premier League chiefs warn clubs to play behind closed doors due to the spread of coronavirus

Premier League chiefs have written to clubs to warn them that they should play behind closed doors due to the widespread of the coronavirus. This raises the case that Liverpool would win the title in an empty stadium.

SunSport revealed on Tuesday how Prem and FA chiefs had begun war-gaming virus scenarios during a bid to urge the season finished.

Italy last night announced that each one sport fixtures — including Serie A — are going to be staged behind closed doors until April 3.

In the present, all 20 Premier League clubs are sent a letter warning about the worldwide spread of Covid-19.

More than 95,000 coronavirus cases are reported in the whole world, with 87 within the UK, while more than 3,000 cases have died.

Clubs are being urged to make sure the very best hygiene standards but there was also an acknowledgement, for the primary time, that there’s an opportunity of the govt banning all large gatherings of individuals, forcing matches to be played without fans.

That would be the choice of pis aller for Premier League chiefs and also the clubs, with a priority that fans should prefer to congregate outside of grounds hosting critical matches.

Clubs have also been advised to scale back non-essential visitors and keep face-to-face meetings to a minimum.

Inter Milan have had two Serie A matches postponed since the coronavirus began spreading and also played an Europa League tie against Ludogorets behind closed doors in February.

David Moyes, West Ham boss, said last Saturday that if football goes behind closed doors, it’s not worthwhile since the sport is for fans. Therefore, he hopes that they will find the way to overcome what is happening.

Meanwhile, Zhang, who was born in China where the outbreak began, added that every club has a responsibility to deliver the proper message because safety is the highest priority.

UEFA has found out a working party to assess what action must be taken – and therefore the prospect of Champions League and Europa League ties over subsequent fortnight going ahead without fans is growing.

Italy fear their Wembley friendly with England on March 27 also will be axed.

The clash may be a key a part of Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 preparations.

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Man City’s Sergio Aguero named January’s Player of the Month after six goals

Striker Sergio Aguero of Manchester City has broken the record for the most Premier League Player of the Month awards after being awarded the prize for January.

The Argentina football player has surpassed Steven Gerrard and Harry Kane after a period in which he scored six goals in just three league matches.

Argentina international Aguero has now won the award on seven occasions, surpassing Harry Kane and Steven Gerrard, who have six each to their name.

The first time he picked up the prize was in October 2013 and the last time was just under a year ago in February 2019.

The former Atletico Madrid forward became the top-scoring overseas player in the competition’s history, surpassing Thierry Henry, with his second goal against Aston Villa on January 12.

He then went onto complete his hat-trick at Villa Park, meaning he also became the player with the most trebles in Premier League history with 12, one more than Alan Shearer.

In total, Aguero scored six goals in just three league appearances for Man City in January when he netted both goals in their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace and1-0 success over Sheffield United.

As well as Henry he also went past Frank Lampard’s total of 177 Premier League goals last month, and as such has just Shearer, Wayne Rooney, and Andy Cole ahead of him.

Cole’s tally of 187 goals certainly seems like it could be beaten before the season is out if Aguero can maintain his current form and potentially win a second Premier League Golden Boot.

With 16 league goals during this season, he sits number two in the standings, one goal behind Leicester City star Jamie Vardy.

Aguero is hoped to add to his tally and help Man City get back to victory ways on Sunday when they host West Ham at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side is coming off the back of defeats to Manchester United and Tottenham in their last two games, with the Blues failing to score in successive matches for the first time under the Catalan coach.

They currently sit 22 points behind leaders Liverpool, with their hold on the Premier League trophy after back-to-back titles loosening on a weekly basis.

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Premier League: Crystal Palace vs Arsenal this weekend

Crystal Palace is going to face Arsenal at Selhurst Park on Saturday when the Eagles look to come back to winning ways against the buoyant Gunners of Mikel Arteta.

Date: Saturday 11 January​

​Kick-off time: 12:30 (GMT)

​Venue: ​Selhurst Park

​TV Channel/Live Stream: ​BT Sport 1 HD

​Referee: Paul Tierney​

In recent weeks, Roy Hodgson’s side failed to overcome Norwich and Southampton and only managed to win one of their last six Premier League fixtures before Derby County dumped them out of the FA Cup. In spite of a recent dip in form, Crystal Palace remain well-positioned in ninth place, one point ahead of Arsenal.

On the other hand, Arsenal have had an upturn in performances and results since Arteta’s arrival. Saturday’s visitors recorded back-to-back wins for just the fourth time this season when they dismantled MU before an inspired performance against Leeds United which earned them a spot in round four of the FA Cup.

While the Gunners look to make up ground on the top 4 places, Crystal Palace will be eager to avoid defeat because they aim to build on their impressive start to the 2019/20 Premier League season.

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​Crystal Palace enter 2020 amongst an injury crisis, with more than 12 players in danger of missing Saturday’s match. Jeff Schlupp (groin), Joel Ward (knee), Andros Townsend (groin), Mamadou Sakho (thigh), Patrick van Aanholt (thigh), and Scott Dann (calf), all definitely out, but there might be returns for Wilfried Zaha, Max Meyer, Christian Benteke, Jairo Riedewald, and Victor Camarasa.

Meanwhile, Luka Milivojević is suspended due to a 64th minute red card in Crystal Palace 1-0 FA Cup third round defeat Derby County.

Arsenal will play without Calum Chambers after he was ruled out for the remainder of the league in the 2-1 home defeat Chelsea, meanwhile Kieran Tierney goes on his rehabilitation after a dislocated shoulder sustained against ​West Ham last December.

Héctor Bellerín has been struggling recently and remains a doubt for Arsenal’s trip to Selhurst Park with a hamstring injury.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic agrees to rejoin AC Milan ending talk of possible Premier League return

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly agreed a deal to sign for AC Milan after rejecting the chance of a return to the Premier League.

The former Sweden international has been a free agent since his two-year spell with LA Galaxy came to an end, after netting a staggering 53 goals in 58 games for the MLS club.

Ibrahimovic had been linked with Tottenham before Jose Mourinho ruled out a move, and now the legendary forward’s future has been decided, according to the Telegraph.

He has allegedly penned a deal with Milan where he will stay until the end of the season aiming to fire the Rossoneri up the Serie A table.

Ibrahimovic began his first spell with Milan in 2010 after joining on loan from Barcelona. The move would eventually become a permanent one and he scored 56 times in 86 games.

In summer 2012, Ibrahimovic departed Italy for Paris Sain-Germain, later going on to play for Man United and then LA Galaxy.

Speaking last month, the 38-year-old insisted he could still have an impact at the highest level of the game.

“I know I could make the difference, both in Italy and in any other country,” he said. “I’d do better than the players who are there playing now.”

Last week, a statue dedicated to the forward was set on fire by Malmo fans following the news Zlatan had become co-owner of their rivals Hammarby.

In October, Ibrahimovic was honored with a 9ft statue, which was created by Swedish artist Peter Linde, outside the stadium of Malmo.

News that he has invested in their bitter rivals has not gone down well with fans of his first professional club and they made their feelings clear by pouring lighter fluid on the Zlatan statue last week and using flares to set it alight, having earlier hung a toilet seat from it.