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Premier Leaguue: Football resuming is a fight ‘money vs. health,’ said the club’s former doctor



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The decision was greeted with excitement by fans all over the world, but for many people there was fear.

The total number of deaths due to the corona virus in the UK now reaches 37,919, but the actual death rate is believed to be much higher.

Just before the resumption of the Premier League season, Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser for the British government, said at the daily coronavirus briefing that the number of new cases was around 8,000 per day.

“That’s not a low number,” Vallance said.

Some famous players, including Troy Deeney, Sergio Aguero and N’Golo Kante, all expressed concern to return to action when there was still much uncertainty and so much about the virus that remains unknown.

Ralph Rogers, who has worked in the Premier League, told CNN Sport that the players were concerned.

“I can imagine as a player, I would be very worried about going back,” said Dr. Rogers. “Especially because there is so much about this coronavirus [we don’t know] and people are dying. I fully understand that.

“What we know about this virus is we have to do remote socialization. You can’t even get into Waitrose [supermarket] without a distance of six feet, so unless they change the rules of football, it might be a little too early, “added Dr. Rogers.

“This virus is indiscriminate, it will attack anyone.”

Even though the death rate is still increasing rapidly – New data shows the UK has the second highest mortality rate per million in the world – The Premier League, given the green light under government guidelines, continues to advance with plans to restart the season next month.

But the league’s return is in line with the gradual reopening for the rest of the British economy; Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this week that all non-essential shops will reopen from mid-June.

Rogers said this was a case of “money vs. health” – and at the moment, money seems to be winning.

“This is bigger than just football,” Dr. Rogers. “We have to follow the virus. That’s the problem. This virus will determine what we do in society and unless they change the rules in football, don’t handle, don’t head the ball together … it contacts sports and people get very close to one to each other.

“So there is a great opportunity, a great opportunity for this virus to spread through football and if it were not for the amount of money in football, I didn’t know that we would have this conversation, which, I think, is really the problem that underlies all this.

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“We all want football because it is very attractive to the community. It’s fun, it’s a small layer for how we live, it’s entertainment. But how much does it cost?”

The Premier League was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNN.

More than a week ago, Deeney estimated that “65% to 75%” players were worried about upcoming contact training and that number was “even higher” for those who thought this season would not be continued.

Captain Watford openly chose not to return to the first phase of training, the decision he received abuse – “I hope your son has coronavirus,” one person told him – but he will return for phase two.

Deeney said improved communication with the Premier League had been a factor, but added there was also an element of resignation that the players could no longer prevent the league from restarting.

“I really think a lot of players must come to the conclusion that it happened,” he told CNN. “There is [a sense of]: “We can’t stop it.”

“In the end, everyone knows this is happening, the season is over and you control what can be controlled, what we have to do.”

Fear of player BAME

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released in early May show that blacks in England and Wales are over four times more likely to die from coronavirus than white people.

Even when removing socioeconomic factors, statistics find that they are still almost twice as likely to die from Covid-19. The reason why remains unclear.

When it was first announced that Premier League clubs would return to training, Deeney was one of a number of black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) players who expressed concern about the statistics, thus asking the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) to ask Premier League to carry out further research into numbers.

“It is fair to recognize that there is an increased risk in the BAME group,” Dr. Mark Gillett, Chief Medical Advisor of the Premier League, at a recent briefing.

“In mitigating that the risk to fit young athletes is still very, very small and I think that is an important factor. I return to the fact that we are trying to create the safest work environment we can for these people.

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“I’m glad we have mitigated all the risks that we can understand at this time and then when more information is available, we will do everything we can to mitigate that too. We will definitely move with him in real time as more information is available. “

Deeney also praised the way the Premier League has handled its worries since he first spoke.

Captain Watford said he had now had “four or five” meetings with the league and had also spoken with Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the British government, who had removed some of his fears.

Deeney said he was aware that as a professional soccer player, even one from BAME’s background, the risk of him suffering from serious health problems because Covid-19 was very low.

However, the risk of passing it on to friends and family is what worries him the most; Deeney has a five-month-old son who was born prematurely and has difficulty breathing.

“When I talk about black players, it’s not necessarily me, it’s if we go home to mom, dad,” he said. “We have a player on our team who lives with his parents and his grandparents lives with him, and he’s from [minority] ethnicity.

“So not only is he at risk, but then going home he puts people who are definitely in the higher risk category [in danger]. “

After lengthy talks with the Premier League and Van-Tam, Deeney said some of the effects of Covid-19’s improved health were due to cultural behavior towards disease.

“Black people don’t go to the doctor very often,” he explained. “We will wait until the last minute, we get symptoms but we don’t have to go straight to the doctor, we will try and wait a little.

“Economically too, depending on where you come from and the area where you live, all of which can hit but, in the end, they will say to soccer players that we are not included in that category.

“But that’s also a bigger picture of our family and it’s more important to me than a few pounds in our back pockets.”

Coronavirus fee

The pandemic could cost Britain as much as £ 298 billion [$368B] for the current financial year, according to the Budget Responsibility Office.

Apart from the multi-million dollar salary, transfer fees, and billion-dollar broadcast deal, the football industry has also felt the financial impact of the corona virus.

He a stakeholder meeting earlier this month, top clubs across Europe estimate they could lose up to £ 6.2 billion [$7.7B] if the current season cannot be completed.

Dr Rogers said he had spoken privately with fellow medical professionals and most agreed on the reasons why football was trying desperately for the current campaign to resume.

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“The same thing I said, it’s all about money,” he said. “I don’t want to say it so clearly, but people want this to be open, you know, this is business. My colleagues, people I know in sports medicine basically say that we have to take care of the health of the players .

“One of the jobs that I do is in emergency care and I can remember the first weeks of work, I’m afraid, I’m not afraid to say I’m afraid. I can’t say I’m not too scared but I’m trying to put it in the back of my mind now and continue my work but this is serious.

“This is a very serious virus and people who are not in the medical field must be afraid. This is football, this is a game. I realize it is business but in the end, it is a game and there are more important things than football. – I hate to say it even though I’m a football fan, but people are dying here. “

Independent study published last year by Ernst and Young revealed that the Premier League and its clubs contributed £ 3.3 billion [$4B] in taxes and add £ 7.6 [$9.3B] billion for British gross domestic product only in the 2016/17 season.

Nearly 100,000 jobs in the UK are supported by the league and almost all of them will feel the economic impact of this pandemic, but it is not the high-paid players or coaches who are most affected.

“Think about the people who clean the booths, think about the people who sell hot dogs, there are very few reasons why football is so important in this economy, and you begin to see how important that is,” Rogers said.

“This is a business so they want to start again but, again, I really understand the players’ concerns. There will be opportunities for people to touch each other for close contact and opportunities for people to transmit this virus.”

Despite ongoing concerns about player safety, the Premier League will return on June 17 – and seeing the German Bundesliga, which has now entered its third-round match since returning, will give hope that it can be done safely.

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Joao Almeida became the champion of Portugal in cycling



Joao Almeida became the champion of Portugal in cycling

This Sunday, Portuguese cyclist João Almeida (UAE-Emirates) became the Portuguese champion in cross-country cycling for the first time, winning the elite national championships held in Mogaduro.

In his first online race since Joao Almeida was forced to pull out of the Vuelta Italia after testing positive for the coronavirus, he won his first national title since becoming time trial champion in 2021.

Almeida crossed the finish line in Mogadora, covering the 167.5 km distance in 4:08.42 hours, 52 seconds behind Thiago Antunes (Efapel) second, Fabio Costa (Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor) third, and Rui Oliveira (UAE). – Emirates), fourth.

In the end, João Almeida stated that he was “very pleased” with the victory, admitting that the race “went very well” and thanking his teammates.

Former national champion José Neves (W52-FC Porto) did not finish the race, as did Rafael Reis (Glassdrive-Q8-Anicolor) who won the time trial title on Friday.

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Portuguese military admits ‘it will take time’ until territory is taken under control



Portuguese military admits 'it will take time' until territory is taken under control

The “path” chosen for about a year in the fight against rebel groups in the province of Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique is “the right one,” Brigadier General Nuno Lemos Pires said in an interview with Lusa.

“Now, while the situation is not fully under control, we all understand that, as in any other counter-terrorism situation in the world, it will take a lot of time,” added the head of the European military training mission, although he acknowledged that this “ does not mean that sometimes there are no fears and failures.

However, “this is part of what constitutes an action taken against terrorists who operate in a very wide area, who in themselves have the initiative and the ability to hide in a very wide area,” he said.

In fact, he stressed, many of the recent attacks that have taken place in the south of Cabo Delgado in recent weeks are due to the fact that Islamist extremist rebels had to “flight from the north” of the province.

“Because this was a consolidated military operation carried out in close cooperation between the Mozambique Defense and Security Forces (FSS), [e com as forças d]Rwanda and SAMIM (Southern African Development Community Mission (SADC) in Mozambique), who were clearing out the intervention areas that existed in the area, the reaction of many terrorists was to flee the area, go further south, where they were not pursued. , and make new attacks,” he explained.

“In such cases, the initiative almost always belongs to the terrorists. There are few of them, they hide among the population, they move over very large territories, with a lot of dense vegetation, it becomes very difficult to find them, but you can easily move,” he continued.

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On the other hand, the Portuguese general emphasized, “it is now difficult for these groups” “to concentrate power and forces for large-scale operations, as was the case three years ago during the conquests, such as Mocimboa da Praia or Palma.” ,” he said.

“They don’t have that ability. Many of these attacks even demonstrate [estratégias] survival [clássicas das guerrilhas]. They’re looking for food, they’re looking for supplies, they’re searching deep down for a place where they can survive, because the area is already under quite a lot of control. [por parte] Mozambique FSS, Rwandan forces and SAMIM,” he explained.

In this context, Nuno Lemos Pires highlighted the “quick response” of the Mozambican authorities to each of these developments, starting with head of state Filipe Nyusi.

“I think it is exemplary that the moment there is a movement or a series of significant attacks in other areas, we immediately see the President of Mozambique heading north, linking up with his Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces (CEMGFA). , with the Minister of Defense, with the Minister of the Interior, and outline plans on the ground for a quick change of equipment and the ability to respond to such movements,” he said.

During one such trip to northern Mozambique in mid-June, Mozambican Interior Minister Arsenia Massingue said that Mozambican police were informing the “enemy” – the rebel forces in Cabo Delgado – about the positions of the FDS and allied forces on the ground.

However, Lemos Pires downplayed the situation. “We must be aware that there are infiltrations in any political system. It’s happening everywhere. Ignoring this dimension is tantamount to ignoring what is happening everywhere,” he said.

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“I don’t know of a single case of insurgency, counterinsurgency, terrorist or counter-terrorist combat where these leaks didn’t happen frequently. You need to be careful. .

In addition to the vastness of the territory that has been the scene of conflict and the topography favorable to insurgent guerrilla strategies, the porous borders with Tanzania to the north of Cabo Delgado and Malawi to the northwest also pose a danger. challenges the SDF and allied forces of SAMIM and Rwanda.

Lemos Pires also relativized this question. “We are talking about transnational terrorism, and it is good to understand that the situation in the north of Mozambique, in Cabo Delgado, is not limited and is not limited – and has never been limited – exclusively and exclusively to this region. A phenomenon that exists throughout Africa. , namely in Central Africa,” he said.

The UETM commander even took advantage of this circumstance to formulate an “extended response” to “a broad problem, a regional one, and the solution must also be a broad regional one.”

Therefore, “it’s very good what we see here on the ground, in fact, this is the unification of the efforts of regional African forces to try to deal with a problem that really worries everyone,” he concluded.

“What happens in one region can affect another. That is why it is in everyone’s interest that these groups be fought, detained and that the narrative that they are currently spreading can be counteracted – we hope that there are fewer and fewer successes,” the Portuguese general stressed.


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Sporting confirmed the title of champion of Portugal in futsal and became a two-time champion of the country – Notícias de Coimbra



Sporting confirmed the title of champion of Portugal in futsal and became a two-time champion of the country - Notícias de Coimbra

Today, Sporting CP confirmed the title of Portuguese futsal and became the champion of the country, once again beating Benfica 4:3 in the third game of the play-off final at the Pavilão Joao Rocha stadium in Lisbon.

With this triumph, the Lions add their 17th national title, become two-time champions and achieve something unprecedented in the sport in Portugal, reaching the title by winning every play-off game and completing this feat with three wins in the final against rival Lisbon , winning the first two matches 5-4 and 4-3 respectively.

If in the first two matches the “lions” always started on the losing end, this time the team of Nuno Dias reversed the trend and led through Pauleto (05 minutes), making it 2-0 due to Cavinato (13) and Cardinal (18). ) signed a third before the break.

In the second half, André Sousa (26) moved to Benfica, Ziki (33) turned Léonin’s lead into a 4-1 lead, and Artur scored twice for the Eagles (34 and 39).

Sporting seized the initiative from the very beginning, and after Pani Varela threatened to hit the post, Pauleta really opened the scoring for the Lions with the next move, only having managed to pull over to the side of the road with a well-aimed blow. pole, after help from Eric.

Alvalade’s team were encouraged by the goal, and in the following betting twice he cost Benfica André Sousa, who, thanks to two excellent interventions, avoided Sporting’s second goal.

However, even the “elastic” goalkeeper of the “eagles” could not prevent the score from 2:0 in the 13th minute, when Cavinato appeared “in the face” of the goalkeeper to deflect a free kick from Alex Merlin.

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The “party”, which took over the Joao Rocha pavilion due to the Lions’ two-goal advantage, led to an overabundance in the stands: the fans broke the glass next to the “red” bench, due to which the game was interrupted for several minutes.

Three minutes before the end of the first half, Benfica had a great opportunity to close the gap: Sporting punished Sporting with a free kick for the sixth foul: Arthur missed him in a one-on-one match with Goncalo Portuguese, hitting the post.

The “punishment” for the Luz team was even more severe a minute later when the Cardinal made it 3-0 to the national champions. Pauleta, in an individual move, took all the defense of the “Reds” to the “tug” and filed for a support, which, in front of the helpless Andre Souza, chose a side and struck for the score.

In the second half, despite a greater lead in the match when Benfica appeared to be shaken by a big disadvantage, Sporting saw the opposition close in on the score thanks to a 26th-minute André Souza goal. even touched Merlin before entering the gate in Gitta’s defense.

Shortly after that, Benfica could have re-entered the final discussion, but Arthur, after a combination with Carlos Monteiro, hit the post again, missing the opportunity to make the score 3:2.

Benfica failed, while Sporting responded with a fatality, and Ziki stamped his name on the scorecard in the 33rd minute: first Pani Varela hit the iron, and then the green-white center was faster on reload.

After two iron balls, Artur finally “set” his goal and lowered it to 4-2 in the 34th minute. Toward the last minute, the central “incarnate” made the score 4:3 and left the result open until the end, but Sporting even became the national champion for the seventh time during the “reign” of Nuno Diaz as coach of the team from Alvalade. .

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The game was played at the Joao Rocha Pavilion in Lisbon.

Sporting – Benfica, 4-3.

During the break: 3-0.


1:0, Pauleta, 05 min.

2:0, Cavinato, 13.

3-0, Cardinal, 18.

3-1, André Sousa, 26.

4-1, Ziki, 33.

4-2, Arthur, 34.

4-3, Arthur, 39 years old.


– Sporting: Gitta, Eric Mendonza, Joao Matos, Diego Cavinato and Alex Merlim. Also playing were Tomas Paco, Cardinal, Pauleta, Pani Varela, Esteban Guerrero, Ziki Te and Gonçalo Portugal.

Coach: Nuno Dias.

– Benfica: Andre Souza, Romulo, Robinho, Rocha and Ivan Chishkala. Also played were Afonso Jesus, Artur, Carlos Monteiro, Bruno Sintra, Rafael Henmi, Silvestre Ferreira and Jacaret.

Coach: Pulpis.

Referees: Cristiano Santos (Porto), Ruben Santos (Porto) and Joao Sinval (Braga).

Disciplinary Actions: Yellow card for Robinho (11), Bruno Sintra (12), Cardinal (12), Jacaret (16), Pauleta (29), Romulo (32), Zika (32) and Afonso Jesus (34).

Attendance: about 2000 spectators.

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