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.
The Dutch Football Association’s President has provided insight onto the Premier League, indicating doubt that matches could be resumed by June 1st with closed-door events. The DFA President made these remarks hours after the British Government revealed sporting venues could return by late May or early June. Government officials with the United Kingdom will converse with their Chief Medical Officers, determining which sporting venues are best suited to re-open by June 1st. Most outfits with the Premier League have 20+ players, with an additional 20+ coaching staff. That means every “Closed Door Event” would have upwards of 100 UK Civilians. Considering this breaks social distancing measures, national broadcasters wouldn’t be permitted to showcase these venues. It’d defeat the purpose for advertisers and continue the low-profit margins for Premier League outfits.
Boosting national morale throughout Great Britain has become a significant point of interest, with politicians looking for unique methods that’d see civilians more willing to remain home for social distancing. Implementing Premier League games that are supported exclusively with televised broadcasts could prompt civilians to stay indoors. This would require government officials to alter broadcasting protocols, which enables SkySports and EuroSports to showcase these matches legally.
Falsified Silver Lining
The DFA President remarked that this silver lining of hope indicated by the Premier League is falsified, that most sporting competitions worldwide will be forced to extend to delays. The chances for the Premier League to resume matches by June 1st is at a likelihood of 20%, with outfits needing a prewarning to prepare themselves for upcoming competitions. Furthermore, an average Premier League season takes upwards of half a year. This means that the Champions League wouldn’t be possible under the current postponements.
Another challenge that faces the Premier League is the players association, which is refusing to engage with live matches until the novel coronavirus has concluded across Great Britain. The virus won’t end until a vaccine is released later this year or next, meaning football matches could be postponed for a prolonged period. We’ll keep our readers updated with any new details regarding the Premier League resuming.
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.
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.
The fallout associated with COVID-19 in Spain has already begun. Proof has shown there’s a power struggle between multiple football organizations throughout the Spanish territories, which follows after partnerships amongst these associations were already strained. Analysts in the Spanish Soccer Community predicted that these unprecedented events would prompt businesses to become stronger. Those predictions were incorrect, with relationships becoming more strained. The Spanish Soccer Federation, Spanish Players Union and Spanish Soccer League are now at odds with each other. The fallout from these strained relationships could see a broken football league in Spain.
Relationships amongst these three associations worsened after the Spanish Soccer Federation claimed that the Union had a secretive agenda. The SSF believed that the Union was comprising a plan that’d see a significant percentage of the Federation’s reserve funds taken as “Relief Aid”. This prompted the Player’s Union to respond and state that conversations of this nature hadn’t ever existed. Leaked phone conversations amongst Federation executives proved that the Union didn’t have a hidden agenda. These executives told representatives to make falsified stories on the Union to benefit their position.
This substantial clash started when the Spanish Government forced a specialized commission, which would govern the three bodies and ensure their willingness to comply. The Federation was the previous body that ruled over the Union and Spanish Soccer League, which could’ve been the reason behind their falsified claims. Executives in the Spanish Soccer Federation would do anything required to ensure that reserve funds are protected.
Football analysts anticipate that the Player’s Union will immediately go on strike after the COVID-19 pandemic has concluded in Spain. These players ultimately hold power over the Federation and League, with their demands inevitably having to be met or profits will continue to be lost. It should be noted that this isn’t the 1st time that the Spanish Soccer Federation threw their players under the bus. Similar measures unfolded when the SARS Outbreak unfolded worldwide.
The Spanish Government has the capabilities to fine the Football Federation, who ultimately were willing to risk the safety and lives of players for finances. This business tactic has become taboo throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and could see the SSF face significant backlash when infection rates slow down.
Three significant headlines shocked supporters of Major League Soccer from April 1st to April 3rd. It was announced that somebody with the Philadelphia Union had contracted COVID-19. Representatives announcing this contraction didn’t confirm the infected player. However, this marks the 1st player in Major League Soccer to test positive. Another member in the MLS Community contracted COVID-19 on March 15th, with this being a Support Staffer with the Seattle Sounders. Similar announced followed by New York City FC on March 19th. Compared to other sporting leagues in the United States, Major League Soccer has seen minimal infections.
Representatives issued an official statement with the Philadelphia Union. They expressed that healthcare professionals working for MLS have been working with Medical Officials, ensuring that this player has a prompt recovery. Similar measures have been implemented by Major League Soccer Corporate, with their Support Staffers receiving medical assistance at home. Philadelphia Union ensured that this respective player has implemented self-isolation protocols and is recovering promptly.
Training Moratorium Period Extended
MLS Corporate confirmed on March 2nd that the “Training Moratorium Period” will be extended towards April 24th. Statements issued by corporate representatives expressed that this decision was made amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Original delays on the TMP were increased after the North American outbreak became a substantial pandemic. It should be noted that MLS Facilities are shut down until further notice. Individuals requiring medical treatments as these facilities are allowed entry, with this being a minimal amount of MLS Players.
MLS Footballers will continue to operate their standard contracts during this period. MLS Corporate hasn’t made confirmation of pay cuts for these punters. Reserve funds are enough to support the families of these players, corporate employees and Support Staffers. Major League Soccer is expected to resume by June 15th.
Pay Cuts for International Footballers
Major League Soccer might not be experiencing any pay cuts right now, but multiple FIFA Members have implemented specific measures. This includes La Liga Spain, Super League Greece, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the Russian Premier Association. The average cut of yearly salaries is 25%, with some sporting associations implementing higher valuations at 50%. These associated losses to players and staff members are to ensure reserve funds are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The novel coronavirus has affected all sporting events worldwide, forcing the global calendar for soccer to be postponed. It’s prompted the FIFA Association to begin creating new regulations, which will hopefully ensure that player contracts are protected. This follows after an unprecedented shutdown that’s not been seen since World War II. It should be noted that FIFA-employed Lawyers have begun discussing these new regulations with players, teams and league representatives. The conditional factors are all being considered before the final draft of these regulations are revealed.
Multiple soccer leagues are nearing the end of their 2019-20 Seasons, forcing thousands of athletes to return home for self-isolation. These individuals aren’t able to practice and don’t have insurances on financial futures. That’s why patchwork measures must be implemented, allowing for the effects of Covid-19 to playout without minimal effects on soccer associations worldwide. Players will be guaranteed standard contract finances and will play a re-scheduled season.
Sporting analysts anticipate that the aftermath of Covid-19 to international soccer will require a restart of all seasonal activities. FIFA believes these predictions are accurate and estimate that 70% of the leagues connected to this association will re-schedule. That doesn’t mean all Soccer Teams and Players are guaranteed protection by FIFA. Significant fallouts are still expected, with the most adverse challenging again coming before things can return to normal. Regardless of these re-scheduled seasons, the attitude and spirit of supporters will be sombre.
Confidential documents were leaked to the New York Times, which were named “The Covid-19: Football Regulatory Issues, Signed and Dated by FIFA”. The documents list the most detrimental issues that must be solved immediately. Those include the player contracts slated to end this summer, which will have to remain active until each soccer league completes their seasonal activities.
Documents details also indicate that transfer windows will be postponed without any guarantees towards the end of various seasons. It’ll prompt a large percentage of teams to keep their signed players on for an additional season. What’s most important for the Federation of International Football Associations is the balance of soccer worldwide, which is fluctuating right now.