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No justification for military use of Panjshir stadium: ANOC

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(Last Updated On: May 27, 2020)

Afghanistan National Olympic Committee (ANOC) urges the government to stop using the provincial stadium of Panjshir for military purposes.

The ANOC said in a statement that currently the stadium is used for landing and departing military choppers.

The organization added that the sports officials had already filed a complaint last year, but the government yet to address the issue.

“A commission was formed and the independent administration of local authorities was assigned to select another place for military helicopters landing instead of the provincial stadium of Panjshir, but no action has been taken yet,” the statement said.

Reportedly, so far, no sporting events have been held in Panjshir’s stadium.

“Unfortunately, the stadium has not been used for any sporting events so far, but there is no justification for the military use of this stadium,” the ANOC emphasized.

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Manchester United suffers £28m financial loss for Coronavirus so far

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(Last Updated On: May 21, 2020)

The British Football Club Manchester United confirmed that the Covid-19 pandemic has cost them an initial £28m, and they expect the numbers to grow.

Man Utd’s Chief financial officer Cliff Baty said they are set to hand back £20m in TV revenue to broadcasters even if the Premier League season is completed, BBC reported.

The club also lost another additional £8m in the final three weeks of March, as three of their matches were postponed.

So far, 11 matches of Manchester United have been postponed because of Coronavirus.

BBC added, “With games called off – including matches in the Europa League and FA Cup – Baty said that sponsorship revenues had “contracted”, and that retail sales had been “impacted” with the club store at Old Trafford still closed.”

He added that matchday revenues were “significantly impacted”, with an acceptance games will be played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future.

This comes as the Premier League’s matches are supposed to resume starting from June 1 after nearly two months break.

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Bundesliga kicks off football after two months shut down

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(Last Updated On: May 17, 2020)

The German league Bundesliga is the first major football league in Europe which resumed football that was shut down due to the outbreak of Coronavirus.

In the first football match after the Coronavirus outbreak, Borussia Dortmund played against Schalke 04 on May 16th in the Signal Iduna Park stadium.

Erling Haaland, the Dortmund forward scored the first goal after Coronavirus outbreak against Schalke in the 29th minute of the match. Two more goals by Raphael Guerreiro and one goal by Thorgan Hazard give Dortmund a 4-0 lead.

Although football matches started, they are not the same as pre-Corona football matches. These matches will take place behind closed doors with no fans supporting their teams. No children will accompany players to the field, no contact between rivals in the tunnel before the games, and no handshakes with the referee or match officials are allowed.

About 300 essential staff and officials will be attending these matches.

This comes as other major European leagues are about to start soon.

Serie A will likely start on June 13 while the English Premier League will resume on June 1.

Laliga will start on June 12, however, the French football league is canceled.

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