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Premier League meets to decide future of the season amid coronavirus crisis

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The Premier League is set to hold a conference call on Thursday morning to discuss the future of the division amid the coronavirus crisis.

There has not been a game played in the division since Monday last week, when Leicester City beat Aston Villa 4-0, with fixtures falling by the wayside over the last week and a half.

The first game to be called off was Manchester City against Arsenal last Wednesday, and then the entire league was postponed on Friday after Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus.

There is currently a hope that the Premier League will return to action on April 4 although that seems unlikely given the current situation in the United Kingdom.

Even if it is pushed back, the expectation on Thursday is that the meeting will see the league reiterate its commitment to finishing the campaign.

The Premier League is not likely to put a definitive date on a return as the government has currently advised against mass gatherings.

There is an option for games being played behind closed doors if that restriction is not lifted.

The BBC are reporting that the focus will likely be on ‘information-sharing and clarity’, with little ‘concrete’ coming from it.

At the meeting, club representatives will be shown modelling of different scenarios of how the rest of the season could play out and the financial and legal ramifications.

The league has already held talks with the FA and EFL and are in dialogue with broadcast partners.

Liverpool might be concerned, given some leaders at clubs have called on the season to be rendered void. They are just two games away from securing the title.

But Brighton chief executive Paul Barber suggested that would be ‘unjust’: ‘Every league starts with an expectation of completing all 38 fixtures, as it is in the Premier League, and we want to be able to do that.

‘Our intention must be to play the fixtures, but it’s really hard to imagine putting on a football game in the Premier League in two or three weeks’ time given the scenario we are in.

‘If we were to freeze the league it would be incredibly unjust for Liverpool to not be awarded the title, because everybody in the game appreciates what a fantastic season they have had. Equally it would be unjust for teams to be relegated with nine or 10 games to go in the Premier League.

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Club signs “25-year-old goalkeeper” but fans think he’s 45 [See photos]

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Social media across Africa on Wednesday, February 10 was sent into a frenzy by one Nigerian Club – Mighty Jets International Jos.

The Mighty Jets, took to social media to unveil their new range of kits for the upcoming Nigerian National league season while profiling its players.

One player, however, caught the eye of netizens, Goalkeeper Gobum Rotduwe.

According to the club, “Rot. D” was born on September 13, 1995, meaning he is 25 years old now.

Fans took a swipe at the club, most claiming the goalkeeper has lied about his age.

What’s your take on his age?

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Club signs “25-year-old goalkeeper” but fans think he’s 45 [See photos]

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Social media across Africa on Tuesday, February 9 was sent into a frenzy by one Nigerian Club – Mighty Jets International Jos.

The Mighty Jets, took to social media to unveil their new range of kits for the upcoming Nigerian National league season while profiling its players.

According to the club, “Rot. D” was born on September 13, 1995, meaning he is 25 years old now.

Fans took a swipe at the club, most claiming the goalkeeper has lied about his age. What’s your take on his age?

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Barcelona appoint Koeman as new coach

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Barcelona have appointed Ronald Koeman as their next coach, the club said in a statement on Wednesday, as the Catalans look to rebuild after their 8-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week.

Koeman, who has left his role as manager of the Netherlands, has signed a two-year-deal with Barcelona, who sacked Quique Setien on Monday after he presided over the club’s worst defeat ever in European competition.

Koeman, who will be officially presented at the Camp Nou stadium later on Wednesday, is dearly loved at Barca for his role in Johan Cruyff’s hugely successful side known as the ‘Dream Team’ and for scoring the goal that delivered the club’s first ever European Cup in 1992.

The defender later became the club’s assistant coach before embarking on a career as a head coach, managing Dutch sides Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord plus Premier League sides Southampton and Everton and La Liga’s Valencia.

“Barcelona and Ronald Koeman have come to an agreement for him to be the team’s coach until 30 June 2022,” said Barca’s statement.

“A club legend and Barca’s hero at Wembley who gave fans their first European Cup, Koeman is coming back to the Camp Nou. But this time he will be in the dugout to lead the team.”

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