Football

4th April

No regrets, says Kumar

OUTGOING Ba Football Association president Rishi Kumar has no regrets leaving the district which is highly regarded as the ‘kings’ of the sport in the country after being at the helm for 17 years. During...

3rd April

Kumar calls it a day

Ba Football Association President Rishi Kumar has stepped down after 17 years at the helm leading the Men in Black to 43 titles. Kumar tendered his resignation to the Ba FA board of control during a meeting on March 16 effective April 1 to spend more time with his family and look after his business....

Uefa working to resume European football around July and August

A European plan is being formed to resume football around July and August, with domestic competitions told not to abandon seasons yet due to the coronavirus pandemic The determination to ensure competitions are “decided on the field” to protect their integrity was outlined in a letter that was obtained by The Associated Press. It was signed...

Kumar’s stepping down will be a huge loss, says Fiji FA

FIJI Football Association CEO Mohammed Yusuf says the stepping down on Ba FA President Rishi Kumar will be a huge loss to Fijian football. Yusuf said 17 years isn’t a short time and Kumar has contributed a lot towards football. “He is one of the most successful administrators Fijian football has had. With him Ba...

No deal yet over wage cuts for Premier League players

(Reuters) – Talks between the Premier League and the PFA players union over potential wage cuts or deferrals, due to the coronavirus stoppage, failed to reach an agreement on Wednesday, the organisations said in a joint statement. Senior representatives from the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), the Premier League, the EFL (Football League) and the League...

UEFA suspends Champions League, Europa League until further notice

(Reuters) – UEFA bowed to the inevitable on Wednesday and suspended all Champions League and Europa League soccer matches “until further notice” due to the coronavirus pandemic. European soccer’s governing body also said all national team games scheduled for June have been postponed, including playoff matches for Euro 2020, which has been moved to 2021....

Leverkusen players agree pay cut amid virus pandemic

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bayer Leverkusen players, staff and management on Wednesday unanimously agreed to accept an unspecified pay cut as the Bundesliga remains suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim later followed suit, with club bosses saying success for the small club in recent years had created a cushion and it was now time...

2nd April

Plans for FIFA projects

THE Fiji Football Association’s FIFA funded projects will continue despite the trying times caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Fiji FA’s sponsors have already indicated a halt in sponsorship funds until the end of the year which may have a big impact on the sport if the major tournaments like the upcoming Vodafone Fiji...

Fiji FA adamant, sponsors make stand

THE Fiji Football Association is adamant to complete the 2020 season despite the uncertainty regarding the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic will have in the country. Sporting competitions have been banned by the government until further notice. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf revealed that the parent body will not be getting any sponsorship funds...

1st April

Ba Football President steps down

BUSINESSMAN Rishi Kumar has resigned as the president of the Ba Football Association after serving 17 years at the helm. Kumar tendered his resignation to the Ba FA board of control during a meeting on March 16 effective April 1 to spend more time with his family and look after his business. He denied being...

Messi announces additional Barca pay cut to help employees

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona players will make an extra contribution on top of the 70% pay cut they have agreed to take during the enforced La Liga break so that the club’s other employees can earn their full salaries during the coronavirus crisis, captain Lionel Messi said. The club’s all-time top scorer was among many...

31st March

UEFA to discuss Champions League fate in Wednesday meeting

(Reuters) – UEFA will discuss the fate of this season’s Champions League and its other competitions that have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in a video conference meeting on Wednesday, European soccer’s governing body said in a statement. All UEFA competitions have been halted because of the flu-like virus that has killed around...

Fiji FA adamant to complete 2020 season

Fiji Football Association (FFA) is adamant to complete the 2020 season despite the uncertainty regarding the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic will have in the country. Sporting competitions have been banned by the Government until further notice. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said the cancellation of the Fiji FACT would mean a major...

Sports events around the world hit by coronavirus pandemic

(Reuters) – Major sports events around the world that have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic: OLYMPICS – The International Olympic Committee and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded the Tokyo 2020 Olympics must be postponed and held no later than the summer of 2021. OLYMPIC TRIALS – U.S. trials for wrestling (April 4-5) were...

Manchester City’s Gundogan says Liverpool deserve title if season cancelled

(Reuters) – Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says it would only be “fair” for rivals Liverpool to be awarded the English Premier League trophy if the season cannot be completed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Gundogan told German broadcaster ZDF that Liverpool deserved to be crowned champions given their massive 25-point lead over second-placed City,...

30th March

FASANOC works closely with sporting organisations

FIJI Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee chief executive officer Lorrain Mar says they are working closely with national federations in the country as to how they might adapt to training during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The national federations are the experts for their sport, so FASANOC will consult and be guided by the NF...

29th March

Nemani reminisces football days

THE national football team first participated in the FIFA World Cup qualification in 1982, however the 1988 campaign against the Australian Socceroos, especially the first leg on November 26, 1988 that was played at Prince Charles Park in Nadi is etched in the annals of local football history books. The national football team was competing...

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