A host of football news are making the waves in the footballing world. Here at Sports Inquisitor we have rounded up all the news, analyzed the key and most important ones you need to know. This are the top 9 news we have decided on. Read all of them and be updated about what is happening to your favorite club or player. In this coronavirus stricken society football news are still popping up. Keep glued to Sports Inquisitor for more daily updates.
1. TOP 9 FOOTBALL NEWS: LOCOMOTIVE MOSCOW YOUTH PLAYER DIES AGED 22.
Lokomotiv Moscow youth player Innokenty Samokhvalov has died aged 22 from suspected heart failure while training alone, the Russian Premier League club says. Samokhvalov was completing a solo training session on Monday, with players quarantined because of the coronavirus pandemic. “The footballer became ill during an individual training session,” a Lokomotiv Moscow statement said. Samokhvalov played for Lokomotiv’s reserve team Kazanka in Russia’s third tier and was yet to make an appearance in the Russian Premier League since joining the club in 2015.
2. SHEFFIELD UNITED MANAGER CHRIS WILDER AGREES WAGE DEFERRAL.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and chief executive Stephen Bettis have agreed to partial pay and bonus deferrals amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a move designed to ease financial pressures on the club during the ongoing crisis, Wilder has taken the lead with a gesture that will help Sheffield United retain the remainder of their staff on full pay. Senior members of Wilder’s coaching staff have also agreed to the deferrals, which are set to last for six months. Wilder said: “It is a difficult time for everyone and that includes football clubs and this particular measure is all about our football club.
3. PERCENTAGE OF PLAYERS REPORTING DEPRESSION HAS INCREASED SAYS FIFPRO.
The percentage of footballers reporting symptoms of depression has doubled since strict measures were introduced to limit the spread of coronavirus, a study by world players’ union FIFPRO has found. Twenty-two per cent of female players and 13 per cent of male players surveyed reported symptoms consistent with depression when questioned between March 22 and April 14. These figures compared to 11 per cent and six per cent when the same questions were put to a smaller, different group in December 2019 and January 2020. FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said: “We’re very conscious that what we’re looking at here is a reflection of a problem in broader society that affects many, many more people than our members.
4. TOP 9 FOOTBALL NEWS: STEVE BRUCE TO BE GIVEN TIME TO PROVE HIMSELF AFTER NEWCASTLE TAKEOVER.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is set to be given until the end of the season at least to prove he is the right manager to guide the club to European football. The Premier League is in the process of ratifying a proposed £300m takeover of the club by Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed consortium, which includes Saudi’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the head of the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), will take over as chairman of Newcastle, with PCP Capital Partners, in particular Staveley, involved in the day-to-day running of the club. Al-Rumayyan’s targets are for Newcastle to win trophies and qualify regularly for Europe.
5. SON HEUNG MIN ARRIVES AT MARINE BOOT CAMP TO BEGIN NATIONAL SERVICE.
SON HEUNG-MIN arrived ready to kick off his three-week military national service on Monday morning as he made the most of the Premier League’s coronavirus suspension. The Tottenham star, 27, joined up with the South Korean marines at a boot camp on the southern island of Jeju where he will complete his basic training. Under South Korean law, before the age of 28 you must complete 21 months of national service, unless you earn an exemption.
Son had earned that exemption after winning gold with his country at the Asian Games in 2018 but has opted to undertake the short-term training now. He turned up to the military camp wearing a black cap, green hoody, black trackies and white trainers as well as a face mask. Once the forward begins his service, he will be exposed to tear gas, learn how to rifle and be put through combat exercises and live-fire drills to ensure he is fighting fit.
6. PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS COULD FACE TRANSFER BAN IF THEY DON’T PAY PLAYERS WHO DEFER WAGES.
PREMIER LEAGUE and EFL clubs could be hit with a transfer ban if they haven’t paid back players who defer wages during the coronavirus crisis, according to reports. It is deemed unfair for sides to be able to add to their wage bill when players already in the squads are yet to be reimbursed. According to The Times, talks have already begun within the EFL board to discuss the matter after it was raised by the PFA. The report also adds that any money received from transfer fees of sold players should first be given to the players who agreed to the deferrals. Southampton and West Ham were the first Premier League clubs to agree to reduce some of their pay for a temporary period as the financial struggles from Covid-19 take their toll. Arsenal and Chelsea have since agreed 10 and 12.5 per cent pay cuts respectively with stars.