May 22 – The decision by Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan not to travel to Baku in Azerbaijan to play in the Europa League final against Chelsea on May 29 has been described by the Azerbaijan FA (AFFA) as an “unwarranted decision”.
May 22 – LaLiga president Javier Tebas, who first applied the phrase “financial doping” to football to describe how the likes of Manchester City and Paris St Germain allegedly attempt to flout UEFA’s financial fair play rules, is back on the attack, repeating his stance that both should be kicked out of European competitions if found guilty of violations.
May 22 – Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have taken action over fans trying to sell on Champions League tickets at inflated prices amid fears that thousands of ticketless supporters will converge on Madrid for the final on June 1.
May 22 – Angola have pulled out of the Cosafa Cup, the regional tournament for southern Africa that is due to begin Saturday – the second country to do so after Madagascar, throwing the competition into disarray.
May 21 – Initial 40-player team rosters have been announced for the 16 nations playing at the Concacaf Gold Cup that kicks off at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles June 15.
By Andrew Warshaw
May 21 – Amid widespread condemnation of their decision to stage the all-English Europa League final in distant Azerbaijan, UEFA have defended their selection of the capital Baku saying all its member nations deserve a chance to host even though only a small part of the country actually lies within Europe.
May 21 – As the German league season came to a close last weekend with Bayern Munich retaining their title for a seventh consecutive time – much to the misfortune of Borussia Dortmund – German fans not for the first time expressed their displeasure of what they perceive as an elitist attitude by European football’s hierarchy.
May 21 – Steve Clarke has been named as the new Scotland manager on a three-year contract.
By Andrew Warshaw
May 20 – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has publicly declared for the first time that radical plans to overhaul the structure of the Champions League post-2024 will not include playing European fixtures at weekends.
May 20 – Guinea have been thrown out of this year’s Under-17 World Cup in Brazil after they were found guilty of age-cheating at the recent U-17 Africa Cup of Nations which served as World Cup qualifiers.
May 20 – UEFA has announced that Inter Milan have fully complied with its financial fair play requirements and will no longer face extra financial scrutiny.
May 20 – Conspicuous by her absence from Norway’s women’s World Cup squad, Ada Hegerberg proved she is still a global superstar by steering Lyon to a crushing 4-1 win over Barcelona on Saturday in the women’s Champions League final as they won the trophy for a fourth successive year.
May 20 – Manchester City may have made history by becoming the first team to clinch the English “treble” of league, fa cup and league cup in the same season but they will ultimately be judged on whether they can finally land the Champions League says manager Pep Guardiola.
May 20 – UEFA has pledged that 82% of the more than 3 million tickets for Euro 2020 will go to national teams fans and the general public. Next summer’s tournament will be staged in 12 different cities across the continent.
By Andrew Warshaw
May 17 – Fans of clubs taking part in the two all-English European club finals are up in arms over UEFA’s ticket allocation for both showpiece games and the choice of distant Azerbaijan for the Europa League final.