August 31 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo has appealed for help both from football authorities and the British government to provide solutions to the South American international duty issue, which could see his club lose two players, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso, for an extended period.
August 25 – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has followed in the footsteps of world federation FIFA by requesting the British Government to grant an exemption to African players for the upcoming international window.
August 25 – Europe’s top five leagues took a €2 billion revenue hit last season because of the season being forced to be played behind closed doors due to global health crisis, according to a report by consultancy KPMG.
August 25 – The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has officially cancelled its 2021 club season after a vote – held virtually – by its 27 professional clubs.
August 23 – The Euro 2020 final between England and Italy was a ‘superspreader’ event due to the level of COVID-19 infection found in or around London’s Wembley Stadium on the day, according to official data.
August 10 – The English Premier League says nine players and club staff have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past week, the last one before the start of the 2021-22 season.
August 10 – Random Covid spot checks are to be carried out among fans attending Premier League matches in the opening few weeks of the new season.
August 3 – FIFA and local organisers have confirmed a mandatory vaccination policy for all ticket holders at the 2021 Arab Cup, a World Cup dress rehearsal in Qatar in December.
July 30 – Rio de Janeiro local authorities will allow fully vaccinated fans to attend live matches in September with stadium capacity limited to 50%.
July 30 – The English Premier League is calling on all its 20 clubs to trial Covid-19 vaccine passports ahead of possible government-mandated guidelines from October 1.
July 29 – English Premier League club Chelsea are demanding that fans attending games in the new season will need to prove they have been fully vaccinated or show evidence of a negative Covid-19 lateral flow test.
July 28 – Tottenham Hotspur have become the first English club to announce Covid passes for supporters, bringing them into force for fans attending the men’s and women’s pre-season friendlies against Arsenal next month.
July 26 – Plans by the British government to ban supporters who have not been fully vaccinated from Premier League and other professional grounds has been met with scepticism from supporters’ groups, human rights organisations and opposition politicians.
July 22 – Inter Milan have joined Arsenal in withdrawing from the upcoming Florida Cup because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Arsenal cancelled the pre-season trip after a “small number” of their touring party tested positive for Covid-19.
July 22 – Yet another pre-season tour has been hit by Covid with Manchester City scrapping their friendly against Troyes in France due to UK travel regulations, meaning Pep Guardiola’s side will play just two warm-up games before they begin their Premier League title defence at Tottenham next month.