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.
Manchester City was disgusted by the actions of Premier League supporters. Unknown individuals committed acts of racism by purchasing a light aircraft, which flew over Manchester City & the local football stadium. It read “White Lives Matter Burnley”, and was shown during the 1st football match that Manchester City had after returning from COVID-19 Postponement. Actions of intolerance have increased tenfold throughout the City Kingdom, with most disturbed but not shocked by the events that unfolded.
Those that committed this act weren’t supporters of Manchester United, with their origins relating to the Burnley Region. Supporters of Burnley Football Club specifically targeted this match, knowing it’d be seen by millions in the region & possibly billions worldwide. Their intolerant acts follow after the English Premier League condemned systemic racism. Moments before the plane flew over the Manchester City Football Stadium, players with both outfits were seen kneeling in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement. The “White Lives Matter Burnley” banner was then seen above the stadium moments later. It brought significant shame onto the Burnley region & saddened multiple footballers with African heritages.
Burnley FC’s Captain spoke with Sky Sports on the disgusting acts showcased by a small few. Ben Mee remarked his embarrassment & shame towards Burnley FC Supporters that decided to target the Black Lives Matter Movement with intolerant, racist acts. He’d then clarify that rumours in the Burnley region suggested that a small group was focusing on targeting the Manchester City match-up. Ben confirmed that Burnley FC tried their hardest to stop the intolerant acts before they unfolded but couldn’t locate anyone willing to testify against known suspects.
Punishment is Coming
It’s known that Lancashire Law Enforcement – Burnley Division, has prompted an investigation into those involved in this condemned act of racism. The Chief Superintendent of the Burnley Division remarked his confidence towards officers locating these individuals, who will then be arrested & put into prison for an unknown period. Individuals capable of meeting bail will be given another chance to commit this crime, with Burnley FC already anticipating that scenario & creating strategies to avoid any other intolerant crimes against communities of African descent.
The Premier League in its long-await return to action on Sunday saw Chelsea taking to the field against Aston-Villa hoping to secure a spot for finishing in the top four. After watching Aston Villa go into the lead, Chelsea managed to come from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1.
Chelsea was in control during the first half and looking promising, but a reality check was handed to them after Kepa Arrizabalaga failed to stop a pass from Anwar El Ghazi. That saw the forwards shot being picked up by Kortney Hause who was able to put it past the posts.
However, Chelsea managed to reorganize and turn the game around, scoring two goals in a matter of minutes. The first of their goals came as a result of substitute Christian Pulisic picking up and driving home a pass from Cesar Azpilicueta. The second, only minutes later came after Olivier Giroud put one in from 15 yards out to put Chelsea in the lead.
The win against Aston-Villa puts Chelsea once against five points ahead of Manchester United and the Wolverhampton Wanderers, who currently are in fifth and sixth. Meanwhile, Aston Villa will remain in the relegation zone with one safety point after they earned one point during their first two games after the return of the Premier League.
Chelsea/Aston-Villa Game Overview
The win over Aston-Villa was a big boost for Chelsea as they continue to hope for a top-four finish in the Premier League. The two late half goals by Pulisic and Giroud gave them the come-back they needed.
The result put Chelsea back in fourth with 51 points after thirty games. That places them with a five point lead over Manchester United, however for Aston-Villa, the loss means they remain at the bottom with 26 points and are close to being out of the safety zone. The reality was, Chelsea controlled the ball 76% of the opening half, but they missed multiple scoring opportunities, with Aston Villa’s goalkeeper, Oerjan Nyland denying them goals, once from Mason Mount and the other from Mateo Kovacic.
Whether Chelsea will manage to hold onto the fourth spot will depend on the outcome of the next few matches, but the odds are looking favourable. However, Chelsea will need to capitalize on scoring opportunities and not make the same type of mistakes they did in their game against Aston-Villa if they hope to see their goal realized.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The identities of players that have contracted the novel coronavirus in Major League Soccer & the Premier League have begun being revealed. It was first announced by Kacper Przybylko that he was the individual not identified last month as the 1st MLS Player with COVID-19. This information came to light after the Polish Striker was forced into making a video statement on the Philadelphia Union Website. He noted that the effects of COVID-19 had left his body, with the fourteen-day quarantine period for Kacper also ending. Przybylko remarked that his health has returned to normal & is looking forward to practising again.
April 1st marked the date that the Philadelphia Union confirmed through PR Reps that one of their players had contracted the novel coronavirus. When Kacper returns to training, it’s expected that mass testing of all those that engage with him will be maintained. Even though the science shows that Kacper is most likely immune from the virus now, it’s a precautionary measure meant to put peace of mind for all those involved with the Philadelphia Union.
Przybylko revealed in his video message that coaching staff with the Philadelphia Union were informed of his symptoms, where Kacper would immediately be notified to enter self-isolation. When the video ended to thousands of Union Supporters, Kacper remarked that his identity was kept secret by personal choice. The Striker didn’t want to experience a backlash against himself or his family.
Kacper Przybylko was born in Germany, playing in the Bundesliga League for nearly a decade. He’s competed with four different outfits, amassing himself a distinguished career record that prompted his advancement into Major League Soccer.
Confirmed Infections in the Premier League
Infections of COVID-19 being confirmed by football organizations extends towards the Premier League. They announced that two players from separate clubs had contracted the virus, with their names being kept secret like Kacper Przybylko was initially. After Premier League Health Advisors confirmed these infections, all 995 On-Staff Personnel were tested for the virus. Testing was forced onto employees May 19th, May 21st, and May 22nd. It should be noted that multiple standard workforce members were confirmed with the infective virus as well.
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.
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.
Internationally, sporting associations are looking to resume their respective seasons amidst the novel coronavirus. World governments have begun easing the travel restrictions and social distancing measures that’ve been enforced for months, prompting these associations to wonder when their operations can resume. Details were provided to the Premier League, with Boris Johnson providing an update on when English football can return. The Great Britain Prime Minister revealed that the Premier League could resume by June 1st if infections don’t spike before then.
Spectators won’t be permitted at football stadiums when the 2020 season is resumed. Some are claiming this is foolish of the British Prime Minister, with nations like France and Holland banning their national sports until September 2020. There’s a significant difference between England’s Premier League and these nations respective football leagues, with billions in lost funds being possible if the season is outright cancelled.
Teams in the Premier League received the updated timeline from Boris Johnson on May 11th, which came after the Johnson administration contacted organizers. They collectively determined the logistical challenges associated with reopening the season, creating strategies that will ensure the safety of footballers and team personnel. It should be noted that the Premier League has been postponed for sixty days, with teams losing millions during the national lockdown. Lifting restriction measures on these football clubs will guarantee their long-term survival.
The United Kingdom unveiled their strategic plan to lift the lockdown measures. Level two allows for sporting events, cultural festivals, and social venues to be held. Considering that Boris Johnson informed the British that the nation is barely at level four, there’s still notable work needed for football to return. COVID-19 Medical Experts have expressed that the June 1st estimation for British sports to resume is unlikely. That’d mean no need cases of the novel coronavirus for fourteen days in Great Britain, which most likely won’t happen until a vaccine is released.
Boris Johnson was forced to make these decisions after large crowds in Britain continued to engage in regular activity. It’s also seeing the British Prime Minister enact more fines onto those breaking social distancing protocols, possibly seeing them get arrested with a lengthy prison sentence.
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.
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.