March 20 – The head of world football’s players’ union has urged clubs not to force scared players to return to training saying it would be “inhumane and unacceptable” if they were punished for taking such a stance.
May 21 – It almost defies belief. For the third time in a matter of weeks, Tottenham Hotspur’s Ivory Coast international defender Serge Aurier has been accused of breaching of physical distancing rules and is facing a hefty fine, according to reports.
May 21 – On the back of last weekend’s successful resumption of the Bundesliga, the German FA (DBF) has confirmed that the women’s Bundesliga will restart later this month as well.
May 20 – South Korea and Germany may have been trailblazers in restarting their domestic seasons, but other leagues are following suit. On Tuesday, action returned in both Estonia and Costa Rica.
May 20 – On Tuesday, Brazil registered a new high of 1,179 coronavirus deaths in a single day, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the secretary general of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) Walter Feldman (pictured) from tentatively projecting football’s restart in June in the country.
May 20 – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin admits he has been having sleepless nights due to the effects on football of the Covid-19 pandemic, partly because of the huge amount of money that will be lost, as the organisation pushes ahead to try and get the Champions League and Europa League completed.
May 20 – In what will be regarded as a boost for what has been dubbed ‘Project Restart’, the English Premier League says just six positive results have come back from 748 coronavirus tests carried out in its first wave of mass testing.
By Andrew Warshaw
May 19 – English Premier League clubs took another small but significant step towards resuming their season today when players were allowed to train in “small group” sessions, with a possible return to normal training next week.
May 19 – Spain’s La Liga has drawn up a detailed plan for the clubs to implement when match days return with the league hoping for a June 12 start behind closed doors.
May 19 – The return of top-flight German football may have been generally regarded as a success in the wake of Covid-19 but players will be reminded to respect social distancing rules as a result of one incident that broke the rules in Hertha Berlin’s 3-0 win at Hoffenheim.
May 19 – Qatar will aim to complete their domestic season by August 26, the Qatar Football Association (QFA) has announced.
May 19 – Inter Milan, FC Bayern and Real Madrid have joined forces to launch the ‘European Solidarity Cup’ in 2021 to send a message of solidarity and raise funds to support medical infrastructures in the wake of the coronavirus.
May 19 – As ingenious ways of improving the atmosphere in empty stadiums during the coronavirus pandemic goes, it wasn’t perhaps the cleverest or most obvious.
May 18 – After weeks of turmoil, claim and counter-claim, Celtic have been crowned Scottish champions for the ninth season in a row after the Scottish Professional Football League opted to curtail the current league season despite considerable opposition – joining the likes of France, Holland and Belgium in halting fixtures because of Covid-19.