Champions League Final In Lisbon, Not Frankfurt
Champions League Final In Lisbon, Not Frankfurt: German cities Munich and Frankfurt had been touted as options to host a mini-tournament, having already hosted Bundesliga “ghost games” and successfully implemented the German Football League’s hygiene concept.
Bayern Munich board member Oliver Kahn had signalled Munich’s readiness, while Eintracht Frankfurt’s director of sport Fredi Bobic said such an event, including stadia in Frankfurt, Mainz and Hoffenheim, would have been “a great chance.”
But UEFA appear to favor the Portuguese capital for financial reasons. Speaking to Sky90, Bobic hinted: “It’s not just a sporting issue, it’s a question of finances, too. And taxes can be a problem in Germany.”
A final decision is expected when UEFA’s executive committee meets on June 17 and 18. The Champions League was originally due to take place in Istanbul on May 30, but the Turkish city is now out of the running.
The competition was suspended indefinitely on March 13, with four last-16 second legs still to play, including Bayern’s home game against Chelsea. UEFA now hopes to fulfil those fixtures, plus eight quarterfinal matches, four semifinals and the final, in a mini-tournament in one location.
Fans to return in November?
Chief executive of England’s governing body for rugby union, Bill Sweeney, is looking for clarity on whether the physical distancing rule can be reduced from two metres to one in order to allow 40,000 fans to attend England’s international games in November.
England are scheduled to host New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Australia at Twickenham Stadium, which has a capacity of 82,000.
Elite sport in England was given approval to return this month, but without spectators in attendance.
Premier League has zero positives
Following the latest batch of tests in the Premier League for COVID-19, the sixth round in total, there were zero positives from 1,195 tests taken on June 4 and 5.
This now means a total of 6,274 tests have now been carried out with 13 positive results.
All players and staff at Premier League clubs have been tested twice a week and teams are back in full training with the league set to return on June 17.