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Benedikt Höwedes Retires at 32

One of Germany’s most notable footballers has announced his retirement following the COVID-19 Pandemic & an increased period of vacationing with his family. This individual is Benedikt Höwedes of Schalke FC. He’d infamously compete for Germany’s National Football Team, being a dominating force in acquiring his home nation the “2014 FIFA World Cup” in Brazil. His career sustained thirteen years for announcing his public retirement through social media, ending a reign that won’t be forgotten by German football enthusiasts for decades to come.

Benedikt Höwedes competed with Schalke FC in 330 Official Season games before ending his decade-long run with this outfit. Höwedes left his home football club for Juventus FC for the 2017-18 Season under the loan, inevitably being sold to Lokomotiv Moscow is Russia for two consecutive seasons. After considerable delegations with his Russian football Club, Höwedes obtained permission to be released from his contract in June 2020.

The Defender spent July 2020 with his Son & Wife in the South of France, the three of them sharing a Camper Van. He’d notice the evident happiness his son had when sitting next to him throughout their prolonged vacation, prompting Höwedes to feel Professional Football is unimportant. Speaking with BBC Sports over a video conference, Benedikt Höwedes remarked that his son is nearly turning two & that his time within Moscow wasn’t remotely enjoyed. Benedikt would even say that his time with Lokomotiv brought suffering onto his life.

Benedikt Höwedes criticized Lokomotiv Moscow for their brutal development & training mentalities, which treat players more like robotic slaves than professional footballers. He’d also emphasized that international football is regularly moving away from the fans after COVID-19 and will find themselves without supporters if the line they tread isn’t walked carefully.

The History of Benedikt Höwedes

Benedikt Höwedes will be sorely missed in Germany, with his time as Schalke Captain being influential. He’d lead the Schalke’s towards victory throughout six sevens, while also working under the Germany National Football Team. His ferocity on the field allowed for Benedikt Höwedes to become one of three footballers to compete in every minute of the FIFA World Cup for their respective team. He’s a Multi-Functional Player that thousands throughout Germany hope will one day return.

MLS Postpones 2021 Expansion

Charlotte FC, Saint Louis SC, and Sacramento FC have been informed that their first season in Major League Soccer will be postponed. Those delays follow financial concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic, with MLS knowing that new organizations thrive off merchandise sales & high attendance volumes from the local population.

Starting these three teams before supporters are permitted to attend stadiums again would’ve destroyed any chances at initial profits. It’s known that Charlotte FC will obtain the shorted delay & arrive for the 2022 MLS Season. Saint Louis SC & Sacramento FC are receiving longer postponements until the 2023 MLS Season. This gives all three organizations ample time to resolve any fallout concerns associated with COVID-19.

MLS Analysts speculated that all expansion teams announced earlier this year wouldn’t be permitted to move forward. This would’ve meant the delay of Austin FC, which was avoided after notable progress was made weeks before coronavirus attacked America. Austin is being permitted to launch for the 2021 MLS Season.

The MLS Commissioner, Don Garber, released a formal statement to football supporters. He indicated that each football club must adhere to their inaugural MLS season in standards that aren’t possible during the coronavirus. Garber hopes that with added extensions, these cities & their club owners be provided ample time to position their inaugural debut.

Teams in Major League Soccer respectively played two games each before COVID-19 inflicted the United States. MLS postponed their operations on March 12, resuming on July 8 in the state of Florida. Since arriving in Florida, multiple footballers have contracted the virus & been separated from the rest of their team. It’s resulted in infection statuses to drop tenfold.

No Infections Since July 14

The MLS is Back Tournament confirmed that there hadn’t been a single recorded case of Coronavirus since July 14. Major League Soccer hopes the zero-infection status can continue onwards until the tournament is completed on August 11. Tournament hopefuls include the Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy, Atlanta United, and Toronto FC. Whoever obtained victory during this tournament will collect a $1 million prize & trophy. All points earned also transfer over to the regular season, with this applying for all teams in the tournament.

Coronavirus Concerns Prompts Cancellation of TFC Match-Up

The United States of America has become the highest-infected nation with COVID19. Lack of knowledge regarding this virus has prompted millions in America to avoid wearing masks & social distance, which was proven throughout the George Floyd Riots. States like Florida are experiencing an influx of infections, with the new standard being 4000 per day. The virus is affecting all aspects of this state’s economy & operational sporting associations at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disneyland are beginning to feel these effects.

Major League Soccer is defying medical evidence and risking the lives of their footballers to move forward with the “MLS is Back Tournament”. Two teams have left the tournament after experiencing a high volume of infections, with matches now being regularly postponed to account for delayed testing in Florida. Another tournament event with Toronto FC & DC United was delayed for a 2nd time, with the announcement being made by MLS Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbot. His revelation was created five minutes before kickoff time for their planned match on July 12th. Fans of both sides expressed notable disappointment through social media platforms like Twitter & Instagram.

Explanations from MLS Deputy Commissioner

Mark Abbot clarified that Pre-Game Testing on July 11th saw a positive infection of COVID19. Another test came back inconclusive, with the positive test from DC United & inconclusive from TFC. Major League Soccer’s Deputy Commissioner couldn’t move forward without risking further infections. Mark Abbot learned this after not implementing similar tactics with Nashville SC & FC Dallas, who both exited the tournament after having a time-wide outbreak of coronavirus.

ESPN Reporters questioned Mark Abbot, requesting his thoughts on conducting the tournament safely from now on. The MLS Deputy Commissioner believes it’s still possible but emphasized that if conditions worsen, a decision will be made with the proper authorities. Mark Abbot suggests that there’ll be minimal chances of conditions worsening, with their established protocols being enforced 24/7. MLS will continue identifying new infections & separating them from the teams, then conducting another quick test. Once all players infected all removed to quarantined areas, planned matches can resume. Those confirmed with COVID19 will be provided proper treatment & admirable living quarters to ensure a smooth recovery.

MLS Teams Hosting Drive-In Matches

Headlines in North America indicate that MLS Teams are disregarding the COVID-19 pandemic for supporting fans. This follows after multiple teams announced they’d host live televised matches with the upcoming “MLS is Back Tournament” with Drive-In Movie Theatres. Considered a classic form of American cinema, Major League Soccer Teams are hoping their supporters will attend & cheer on their favourite players. Those cheers will be televised directly to players in response to concerns regarding a lack of fan aware.

What isn’t being measured with these announcements is the lack of social distancing that’s been found at these Drive-In Movie Theatres. Moving forward with these temporary “Fan Drive-In Stadiums” will prompt outbreaks of COVID-19 around America. MLS isn’t entirely responsible for these epidemics of coronavirus, with civilians informed by the Centre of Disease Control & World Health Organization to continue their social distancing measures. In this scenario, that means remaining in the confines of your vehicle.

The 1st team to announce that their hosting Drive-In Televised Matches was “New England Revolution”, which is being maintained directly in the Parking Lot of Gillette Stadium. That’s where the New England Revolution have competed since their birth, prompting concern that Massachusetts will have additional infections from the fallout of this entertainment venue. MLS Representatives clarified that their demanding social distancing measures be followed, which has proven impossible for all sports leagues enforcing temporary restrictions.

Additional teams announcing Drive-In Televised Matches is the San Jose Earthquakes, and Chicago Fire FC. It’s firmly expected that supporters from opposing teams will arrive at these Parking Lots. This means that Cross-State Infections will be seen, which ultimately extends the length of COVID-19 throughout America. Under the current mindset seen towards this virus, millions won’t be safe until a vaccine is released.

Profit for Charity

Those wanting to attend these Drive-In Televised Matches will be required to pay out $40.00 for “Vehicle Ticket”. Funds generated from this entertainment venue are being donated to three charities by New England Revolution. That includes Special Olympics Massachusetts, National Association of Colored People, and the United Negro College Fund. Neither the San Jose Earthquakes nor College Fire FC has announced their profits to charities.

Inter Miami Playing First MLS 2020 Match

Major League Soccer is allowing for their primary expansion team for 2020 to first compete during the “MLS is Back Tournament”. Inter Miami FC have been matched against Orlando City for July 8th, with their venue taking place in Florida at the Walt Disney World. It’s being hosted inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which follows after extensive delegations between both corporation divisions. Under their agreement, ESPN will have priority streaming and broadcasting rights behind this tournament. This is expected after MLS & ESPN have held a formidable partnership for 15+ years.

MLS Executives held a “Virtual Draw” for the MLS is Back Tournament, staging footballers into a tournament that’s formatted similar to the World Cup. Nobody was anticipating that Major League Soccer would announce a month-long tournament, which will make them the 2nd professional sporting league in North America to resume operations. The 1st will be the National Women’s Soccer League, which restarts on June 27th in Utah. It should be mentioned that other American sporting leagues are struggling to start operations during Post-COVID.

MLS is Back Tournament

Major League Soccer hasn’t experienced an official match since Mid-March 2020. Less than several days of professional soccer was played before organizers in the corporate division had to postpone their season. Millions have been lost subsequently, with MLS looking to recoup their losses immediately. Returning before the National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, or Major League Baseball will provide a significant advantage to MLS in recouping their losses.

Notable rivals are slated to compete during the MLS is Back Tournament. That include Toronto FC Vs. Montreal Impact for Eastern Division Supporters. The Western Division is showing the LA Galaxy Vs. LA Football Club rivalry. Both matches are expected to be some of the most action packed during the tournament. It should be mentioned that whoever wins this tournament is awarded $1.1 Million, with all teams seeing their earn points converted to the regular season. These conditions make playing during COVID-19 favorable for most coaching staff, which means it must be favorable for footballers.

La Liga Creating Tribute for COVID-19 Victims

Civilians worldwide are creating false mindsets that the novel coronavirus is over, believing that it won’t have a second wave in North America or the European Union. This wouldn’t be consistent with multiple countries that saw their cases rise a second time, including South Korea and Japan. Those believing the 2nd wave won’t return begun creating tributes for civilians lost to this virus. Victims in Spain are being honoured by La Liga, with a minute of silence being supported with every match going forward for the 2020 season.

This silence is minimal in comparison to the lives lost, with some Spanish Civilians remarking their disrespect towards the pandemic. Most athletes & coaching staff in La Liga are millionaires, meaning their finances wouldn’t dwindle to concerning levels before the epidemic concluded. This will be similar when the 2nd wave arrives, showing that the wealthy are permitted from avoiding multiple scenarios that’d see someone contract the novel coronavirus.

The announcement that La Liga would implement a minute of silence with every remaining match for 2020 was made through the Royal Spanish Football Federation. It was announced on May 7th, indicating in their revelation that amateur-based teams will also maintain this reflection period. It should be emphasised that Spain experienced an influx of COVID-19 cases, which followed after their neighbouring nation of Italy became an epidemic zone.

La Liga Punters haven’t competed for three months, with footballers announcing their eagerness to return. The 1st match is coming on May 11th between Sevilla and Real Betis. Two other football games are slated for the upcoming weekend, with Real Madrid returning on Sunday. Barcelona FC will see their first two hours of playtime on Saturday against Real Mallorca. All four teams have their supporters voicing their excitement to resumed play.

The Delegations

It should be mentioned that to accomplish this minute of silence; La Liga Execs had to engage in delegations with the Royal Spanish Football Federation. Multiple Spaniards mentioned their disappointment towards the RSFF for not immediately approving this request. However, both parties reached an agreement that doesn’t disrupt operations for the RSFF.

MLS Teams Returning to Training

Major League Soccer shocked dedicated supporters of Atlanta United & Sporting Kansas City, with it being announced that these football clubs have been permitted to restart training. Small groups within these teams will be allowed to complete social distancing drills starting on June 1st. These two outfits are the first to receive approval for training resumption measures, prompting football critics to question when other clubs are permitted to resume training.

All MLS teams have been cleared to begin outdoor training after internal approval. The coaching staff must provide a valid social distancing plan to receive compliance approval, ensuring that Health & Safety Protocols recommended by the CDC are enacted. Training cannot begin until issuing these request forms, with consultation meetings being held afterwards with medical experts. Infectious disease experts will also provide advice to MLS football clubs.

Challenges await multiple clubs in Major League Soccer wanting to issue their request form. MLS Executives demand that protection measures be based on local public health policies & national public health legislation. This could create multiple logistical challenges for clubs like TFC, with Canada not permitting social events until August 1st or later. It’s unknown how Major League Soccer will approach training with Canadian teams, potentially allowing for footballers to train within their home facilities until team practice is nationally permitted.

Atlanta United

May 31st marked the date that Atlanta United confirmed their approval status to resume training. They’ll immediately begin training on June 1st at the Atlanta Children’s Healthcare Training Ground. This follows after coaching staff informed footballers to complete voluntary individual workouts, which started on May 6th. It’ll be interesting to see how footballers have adapted to solitary training during COVID-19.

Sporting Kansas City

Coaching staff with Sporting Kansas City made their approval status announcement on May 31st. Similar to Atlanta United, they’ll resume training by June 1st. Their training sessions are being held at the Compass Minerals National performance Centre. It should be mentioned that footballers, team personnel, and coaching staff must be tested for COVID-19 before entering this facility. Certain infections will prompt immediate hospital transport.

Turkish Footballer Arrested After Brutal Act

Shocking headlines were seen on newsfeeds for football supporters in Turkey. It was revealed that law enforcement had taken a retired footballer into custody, which followed after that individual confessed to murdering his son, who was only five at the time. He committed this horrendous act when Cevher Toktas saw his son sharing symptoms to COVID-19. When the hospital couldn’t confirm the infection, Cevher suffocated this child with a pillow. Kasim Toktas was murdered by his father on May 4th. Law enforcement noted that Cevher didn’t appear to have any remorse towards the events. Those who supported this footballer during his professional career are shocked by this announcement.

Turkish Investigators weren’t suspecting of Cevher Toktas with the death of his son. Law enforcement didn’t believe the death to be suspicious, even after the autopsy showed COVID-19 wasn’t in his body. Kasim Toktas instead had a minor case of influenza, which could’ve been solved with essential antibiotics.

No Remorse

Haber Turk Television was the 1st news outlet to provide insight onto Cevher Toktas confessing to the murdering of Kasim Toktas. Turkish Civilians were aware of this name immediately, with this killer holding a position with Hacettepe FC in the Turkish Super League between the 2007-09 seasons. Insiders with this football club revealed that predisposed anger shown by Cevher prompted his removal from this squad. That’s why Cevher plays for Bursa Yildirimspor, an Amateur Team below the Super League.

When police questioned Toktas on why he murdered Karim, without the slightest bit of emotions, he expressed that it’s because he didn’t love his son & doesn’t feel any remorse. Family & Friends connected to Cevher have expressed their complete disgust, with some genuinely getting sick on live television. This former football has been expelled from Bursa Yildirimspor and is now considered the most infamous killer in Turkey’s recent history.

An official trial date for Cevher Toktas hasn’t been released by Turkish Law Enforcement. However, his actions were recorded by video equipment within the hospital. Behaviour not consistent with someone who just lost their child will be used to enforce longer sentencing. However, since he admitted to this murder, prison time is inevitable.

Judge Dismisses USWF Equal Pay Claim

The US Women’s Football Team has announced their public discuss towards a Federal Judge named Gary Klausner. This follows after the ignorant Judge determined that Equal Pay for these women shouldn’t be supported. He dismissed their claim from the courts, rejecting the premise that their paid less than US Men’s Football Team. Looking at standard valuations online reveal that these men are paid considerably higher than the twenty-eight women who filed this claim.

They’d requested $66 million in unpaid finances that would’ve been awarded under equal pay legislation. That won’t be possible until the decision is appealed with the US Supreme Court, with the team’s spokeswoman noting that their shocked by this decision and won’t give up on equal pay. Molly Levinson finished her remarks by noting this Judge won’t beat the strongest women in America, directly attacking this man for his ignorance.

Molly Levinson spoke with Reporters after the case was dismissed. She noted that their confidence in this case, which has received support from multiple communities of young women and mothers. Levinson expressed the team’s desire to showcase the strength of their gender. It should be mentioned that various individuals of influence provided their insight onto these proceedings. This included Joe Biden, the Democratic Nominee for the US Presidency. He told the US Women’s Football Team not to stop fighting and demanded that equal pay be enforced immediately, or funding for the world cup will be lost quickly.

The Judge

Gary Klausner abused his position as a Federal Judge, imposing unfair treatment onto these women. Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, he demanded that these women cannot travel for the court date or stay in local housing. This forced all twenty-eight female footballers to remain in their respective cities. Gary Klausner then ruled that because that the plaintiffs couldn’t attend the court on its intended date; it must be thrown out. What Gary Klausner did was highly illegal, with Molly Levinson looking toward options to have him banished from reviewing this claim. Judges that used to act in this manner were sentenced to prison, and when your purposely persecute civilians under biased mentalities, that’s when those sentences should be re-initiated.

MLS Season Postponement Extended to June 8th

The Major League Soccer Association confirmed that an extension on the 2020 seasons postponement had been extended. MLS matches won’t be officially played until June 8th, with the possibility of an additional extension being implemented. This follows after the MLS Association terminated their seasonal events on March 19th, ensuring that the league abided by CDC Regulation. Their initial postponement was slated to last for eight weeks, allowing for MLS teams to compete by May 10th. That won’t be possible any longer under the new extension. Supporters weren’t shocked by the official announcement, as resuming seasonal events was extremely unlikely under the COVID-19 conditions in North America.

It should be mentioned that the MLS Players Association is demanding that compensation be provided to athletes throughout the extension period. This will cost MLS teams an influx of funds, with outfits like TFC and Inter Miami FC losing hundreds of thousand weekly. Minimal profits follow after a lack of sales for apparel & tickets, with this extending towards lost contracts with broadcasters & advertisers. Even under this unprecedented conditions for the leagues 25th year, all coaching staff and general managers have abided by the MLSPA’s demands. Everyone will be protected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Statement

Representatives provided an official statement regarding the postponement extension. It mentioned that the MLS community is exploring new formats that’ll allow for the 2020 Season to be entirely conducted, ensuring that the Championship Cup Series could be maintained by December. Before these formats can be implemented, we’ll continue to abide by CDC Guidance Regulations. It’s prompted our executives to extend the seasonal postponement until June 8th. We’ve ensured our athletes that compensation will be provided, allowing for families and respective individuals to be protected during the pandemic.

Representative iterated that MLS Corporate is working with the players association, determining various solutions that’ll provide safety for our employed athletes. These solutions also enable these individuals to earn their full contract salaries. One of the discussed provisions is limiting attendees until a vaccine is provided worldwide. This will be a minimum of two years.