UEFA has postponed a number of national youth team matches over the next few months and shortened competition formats due to the current COVID-19 situation across Europe, it said on Thursday.The European soccer body said it took the decision to reduce the logistical and financial burden on national associations caused by hygiene conditions affecting travel and accommodation.It also wanted to “safeguard the health of athletes and minimize any potential risk of spreading the infection,” it said in a statement UEFA added that for this year’s European under-19 championship, which was due to be played in Northern Ireland in July, the group stage would now take place in November and the knockout stages the following March.Meanwhile, the 2020 women’s under-17 championship in Sweden, which had previously been postponed until October, was cancelled.UEFA said Europe’s three highest-ranked teams, England, Germany and Spain, would qualify for next year’s under-17 women’s World Cup in India if that goes ahead.The qualifying matches for next year’s women’s under-17 and under-19 and men’s under-17 and under-19 European Championship were postponed until February or March, with the usual group system replaced by playoffs to reduce the number of games. However, the final tournaments would go as ahead as planned, UEFA added. Topics :
“We will continue to urge Americans to wear masks when they cannot socially distance, but we do not need to bring the full weight of the federal government down on law-abiding Americans to accomplish this.” The remarks, just 82 days before the election, highlight the political fault lines over health policy that have affected the presidential race. Biden seeks to make a referendum on Trump’s handling of the pandemic, with polls showing that 57 percent of Americans disapprove of the president’s coronavirus response, according to website FiveThirtyEight.Thirty-four states have mask mandates, mostly requiring facial coverings indoors or outdoors around other people, according to seniors organization AARP.Some hotspots, like Florida and Georgia, have no mandate and their Republican governors have resisted pressure to impose one.Fresh off Wednesday’s campaign rollout that featured the Democratic ticket together for the first time, Biden, 77, and Harris, 55, held a coronavirus working group with health experts who participated remotely.”As [Biden] has been saying since the beginning of this pandemic, it should be the public health professionals that are leading policy in our country to address this lethal pandemic,” Harris said.Biden and Harris also held a session with experts, including former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, on the pandemic’s impact on the economy.Democrats widely accuse Trump of mishandling the US response to a pandemic that has claimed some 167,000 lives nationwide.Critics have blamed him for voicing falsehoods about the virus, including that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19, and ignoring or sidelining some chief scientists and administration health officials. “Protect your fellow citizens, step up, do the right thing,” Biden added.Health experts remain adamant about the need for people to wear masks and maintain social distance to defeat a pandemic that has already infected 20 million people and killed 750,000 worldwide. Even as COVID-19 rages in the United States, Trump has steadfastly ignored recommendations that people wear masks. He himself did not wear one in public until July 11.”Americans must have their freedoms,” Trump said at a White House press briefing, as he accused Biden of “playing politics with the virus” with his call for a mandate. White House hopeful Joe Biden on Thursday called for a nationwide mask-wearing mandate for the next three months, drawing a contrast with President Donald Trump as the challenger makes coronavirus pandemic recovery a focal point of his campaign.Declaring that “every single American should be wearing a mask” while outside their home, Biden called on governors of all 50 states to institute a national mask mandate “starting immediately” as a way to halt the virus’s spread and save tens of thousands of lives.”Look, this is America. Be a patriot,” Biden, with his newly named running mate Kamala Harris standing nearby and wearing a face covering, told reporters near his home in Delaware. Top priority By highlighting coronavirus recovery at the start of their campaign, Biden and Harris are signaling to voters that the crisis is a top priority. On Monday, the Democratic National Convention begins — online — to formally nominate Biden and his running mate. The party’s presidential hopeful introduced Harris at a rollout event Wednesday near his home in Wilmington, at a gymnasium with no public access due to coronavirus concerns.Harris was announced as Biden’s VP pick a day earlier, sparking a grassroots fundraising spree that the campaign said raised an eye-popping $26 million in the first 24 hours, and $34.2 million by the end of Wednesday.At the rollout, Harris said Trump’s “mismanagement” of the pandemic has plunged the nation into its deepest health crisis in a century and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.”There’s a reason (the coronavirus) has hit America worse than any other advanced nation. It’s because of Trump’s failure to take it seriously from the start,” she said. Harris lamented “his refusal to get testing up and running. His flip-flopping on social distancing and wearing masks. His delusional belief that he knows better than the experts.”Trump meanwhile said the economy was experiencing a “V-shaped recovery,” despite millions of American families suffering and analysts warning that the country remains in an unemployment crisis.As for the coronavirus, “it will be going away,” Trump told Fox Business Network. Topics :
Xhaka captained Switzerland in Copenhagen (Picture: Getty)Xhaka, who wore the captain’s armband in Copenhagen, was one of Switzerland’s better players – but the midfielder was universally trolled for a moment in the second half which also involved ex-Arsenal team-mate Lichsteiner.AdvertisementAdvertisementHoping Xhaka brings this thing of beauty to the Premier League…@akhifc pic.twitter.com/wkYK4yaCh7— follow akhifc (@wasakhifc) October 13, 2019 Comment And another completely necessary angle of the routine…It’s a real shame we didn’t get more Swiss genius like this at Arsenal with Xhaka and Lichtsteiner. pic.twitter.com/yUA6IMmuEa— Dylan Walsh (@dylanwalsh_) October 13, 2019 Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner ridiculed over comedy free-kick routine Metro Sport ReporterSunday 13 Oct 2019 7:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement Kasper Schmeichel produced a string of fine saves before Denmark’s late winner and Vladimir Petkovic reserved special praise for the Leicester goalkeeper after the final whistle.‘If it wasn’t for their goalkeeper, we would have scored three goals,’ the Switzerland manager said.‘It was still a good performance.‘We can take that into Tuesday’s game against Ireland.’MORE: Harry Redknapp backs Tottenham to finish third in the Premier League after shaky start Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner invented a brilliant free-kick routine during Switzerland’s defeatArsenal players past and present Stephan Lichtsteiner and Granit Xhaka produced the most bizarre free-kick routine of the season during Switzerland’s 1-0 defeat to Denmark.Yussuf Poulsen struck late on in Saturday evening’s Euro 2020 qualifying match to put Denmark level on points with the Republic of Ireland (12) at the top of Group D.Christian Eriksen produced another below-par display after a disappointing start to the season with Tottenham, but popped up when it mattered to assist Poulsen at the death.Third-placed Switzerland now face an uphill battle in qualifying for next summer’s tournament ahead of their clash with Mick McCarthy’s side in Geneva on Tuesday evening.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement
Raul Jimenez’s header earned Wolves a deserved point after a 1-1 draw at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal could be 10 points off the top four pace should they lose at Leicester next weekend and results elsewhere go against them.‘It’s not a good result for us, we tried. We couldn’t impose our game plan in 90 minutes,’ Emery added.‘When we started at 1-0 it was a very good moment to take confidence and to use it to try and score the second goal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Really, we didn’t concede a lot of chances but the match for me was equal for two teams and if you don’t score the second goal you are in the possibility also that they can score.‘The reaction was good, more pushing and better opportunities to score. But in the end a draw is not good for us.’Should Arsenal sack Unai Emery?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Unai Emery explains decision to start Mesut Ozil for Arsenal’s game against WolvesMORE: Granit Xhaka sends message to Arsenal fans ahead of Wolves clash Comment Unai Emery claims bizarre tactical victory after Arsenal are held by Wolves Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Nov 2019 5:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Advertisement Arsenal were held 1-1 at home by Wolves after taking a first half lead (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery claimed his tactics worked perfectly despite Arsenal being held to a frustrating home draw by Wolves.The Gunners looked on course for a 1-0 win when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck his 50th goal for the club but Raul Jimenez’s 76th minute header earned a deserved point for the visitors.Emery handed Mesut Ozil only his second Premier League appearance of the season but kept record signing Nicolas Pepe on the bench, opting to deploy a diamond formation in midfield which failed to yield an improved performance from his team.Indeed, Wolves registered an astonishing 25 shots, compared to Arsenal’s 10, yet Emery insisted his tactical plan had the desired effect.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s a bad result, but tactically it worked how we wanted,’ said the Spaniard.
Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 Nov 2019 11:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link113Shares Unai Emery is really struggling for results with Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)There have been calls from fans and former players for Emery to be sacked, but Merson does not see that happening now that we are into the international break and that Arsenal have a favourable run of fixtures ahead of them.The Gunners’ next four Premier League games are Southampton (h), Norwich (a), Brighton (h), West Ham (a), before hosting Manchester City.Merson believes that this would have been the perfect time to replace the Spaniard and that he has been lucky to keep his job.‘Looking at what’s to come with Arsenal, the fixtures, I think he’s there for the long run,’ continued the former England international.‘I think this was a prime [time] to say ‘right, let’s get someone in, this hasn’t worked, bring a manager in, got five or six unbelievable football games to come up, get off to a great start, and then we go from there.‘I think he’s very fortunate.’Reports suggest that the Arsenal board have given Emery until New Year’s Day, when his side host Manchester United, to turn things around.If the Gunners are not in with a realistic chance of the top four by that stage, he may well face the sack.MORE: Arsenal players have given up on Unai Emery and the board are ready to sack him, says Emmanuel PetitMORE: Arsenal board give ultimatum to Unai Emery Advertisement Paul Merson says Arsenal are deteriorating under Unai Emery but he will not be sacked any time soon Arsenal were dejected after defeat to Leicester on Saturday (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are not only bad at defending, but are now below par in attack as well, according to club legend Paul Merson.The Gunners are enduring a poor run of results which has seen them go without a win in their last five matches and manager Unai Emery come under immense pressure.Recent Premier League defeats to Sheffield United and Leicester City have left Arsenal eight points adrift of the top four and in something of a crisis of confidence.The defence has come in for criticism for many months, but Merson now believes that Arsenal’s once potent attack has been dragged down to the level of the rest of the team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t see any change at Arsenal,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘They don’t keep clean sheets, they let in goals for fun and do you know the worst thing about it now?‘They don’t even really look like scoring goals, which is the thing with me, with Arsenal, they always looked like they were going to score goals, even though they would be ropy at the back.‘But I don’t see that happening now.’ Advertisement Comment
Advertisement Bayern Munich are demanding £12.75m for Boateng (TF-Images/Getty Images)The report claims that the Gunners have entered discussions with Bayern and initial talks have been made ahead of a potential move this month.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt’s also claimed that Bayern are willing to sell Boateng but are holding out for a €15 million (£12.75m) transfer fee.The 31-year-old has made 15 appearances for Bayern this season but his place in the side is under threat from Benjamin Pavard and David Alaba, who has played more as a central defender than a left-back this term.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMikel Arteta, meanwhile, admits he his keen to strengthen his defensive options following Chambers’ long-term injury.‘My obligation is to give my opinion on the things we can improve,’ Arteta said after Arsenal’s win over Manchester United on Wednesday evening.‘Obviously we have a bad injury with Calum a few days ago that will change our plans at the back.‘The reality is we will not be able to do much. I’m more concerned about getting players back from injury and try to improve the players I have here, get everybody on board and understanding what we’re trying to do.‘And if something extra comes up and we think it is the right opportunity to improve what we have, then let’s do it.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Jan 2020 10:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.8kShares Comment Arsenal have entered the race to sign Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich (TF-Images/Getty Images)Arsenal have opened talks to sign Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich, according to reports in Germany.The Gunners have stepped up their efforts to recruit a new centre-back in the January transfer window as Calum Chambers faces up to nine months out after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during the defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.Red Bull Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano remains on Arsenal’s radar after the Gunners failed with a £55 million bid for the 21-year-old in the summer transfer window.But according to Sky Sports Germany, Arsenal are also exploring a cheaper alternative in Boateng.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal open talks to sign Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich
Wright believes Arteta has already shown that he deserves support and backing (Picture: Getty)‘He was a gentleman when he was at the club, but to hear him say those things is quite sad to see. For me, he’s probably looking for a new job, trying to put himself back out there.‘Mikel Arteta has given Arsenal direction and focus now and that’s what he [Emery] didn’t give us.’He added: ‘At the end of the day, I’m all about Mikel and what Mikel is trying to do because we’ve got draws, but there’s definite improvement. It’s more important to speak about Mikel than Unai now.’MORE: Arsenal fans hail ‘best recruiter’ Matteo Guendouzi after Pape Gueye Instagram messageMORE: Arsenal set date for potential Pablo Mari debutMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City The Spanish coach was sacked after a dreadful start to the season (Picture: Getty)Emery gave an interview with France Football this week in which he criticised the attitude of the Arsenal squad and took pride in achievements such as ‘only finishing one point off Tottenham’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWright was understandably unhappy with the comments and suggested Emery was just trying to get attention as he looks for a new job.Speaking about the feel-god factor that has returned to Arsenal, the Gunners legend said on the Kelly & Wrighty show: ‘I was there yesterday, they were doing their press day, and you can feel it – you know what it’s like, you know when there’s a good atmosphere in and around the club. You can feel it.‘Under the old manager it was like a regime, it wasn’t very enjoyable, they didn’t know where they were going, there wasn’t a lot of direction in what they were doing. And when you hear the quotes from Unai Emery… delusional comments if you ask me.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Yes [they got to Europa League final] but it was the worst performance of an Arsenal team in a final. Because again, whatever he says, the players weren’t happy, there wasn’t a vision or direction, the communication was poor.‘He can say whatever he wants about how well he’s done because he’s got the “facts” there but that team was going nowhere. When you look at his record, for him to come out and say stuff like that…‘This is the difference with Arsene Wenger, 21 years, he doesn’t come out and stay stuff like that. He [Emery] was coming in as the guy that was going to steer us back and everyone gave him the support. The Gunners legend was far from impressed with Emery’s recent interview (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright has dubbed Unai Emery ‘delusional’ after the axed Arsenal boss claimed the club had been on a downward slope until he arrived and arrested their slide.The Spanish coach was sacked at the end of November after a seven-game winless run, with the club eight points adrift of the top four places and closer to the relegation zone, with Mikel Arteta appointed as his successor the following month.Arteta’s arrival has prompted an improvement, with Arsenal unbeaten in their last seven games, though they remain 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea. Comment Advertisement Ian Wright slams ‘delusional’ Unai Emery in lengthy rant over Arsenal comments Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Feb 2020 4:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares
Santi Cazorla more talented than Steven Gerrard, reveals former Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle Sinama-Pongolle never managed to measure up to the standards at Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘In training or in games, when Santi got the ball magic happened.’Liverpool signed Sinama-Pongolle as a teenager amid much fanfare, but the Frenchman never managed to fulfil his potential at Anfield.Sinama-Pongolle would be sold in 2006, but was part of Liverpool’s now famous 2004/2005 Champions League squad.After coming off the bench to play a crucial role in Liverpool’s comeback against Olympiakos in their last group stage game, Sinama-Pongolle would miss out on a spot in the squad that took on AC Milan in the final.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySinama-Pongolle then explained how his return to Liverpool following their epic comeback in Istanbul was a huge let-down.‘It’s the only thing about my time at Liverpool that leaves a bad taste,’ he recalled. ‘The organisation after Istanbul was an absolute disgrace. ‘The day after, those of us who weren’t in the squad for the final were put on a separate flight so the wives and girlfriends could go back on the main plane with the team. Advertisement Coral BarryTuesday 5 May 2020 10:16 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link339Shares Advertisement Comment Cazorla and Gerrard faced each other in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Florent Sinama-Pongolle branded Steven Gerrard the most ‘complete’ footballer he ever played with, but insists Santi Cazorla was more talented than the Liverpool legend.Cazorla, who is still playing at Villarreal, would become a household name at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and remains a massively popular figure in football.Gerrard has gone down as one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and Sinama-Pongolle played alongside ‘Captain Fantastic’ during some of his best years.‘Certainly the most complete player,’ Sinama-Pongolle told the Athletic about Gerrard. ADVERTISEMENT‘As a man, as a footballer, in terms of mentality, as a leader, yes he had everything. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But in terms of just talent, in my opinion I played with more talented players. Sergio Aguero at Atletico (Madrid) was amazing. ‘Genius — every time he got the ball. I played with Santi Cazorla at Huelva and he was just “wow”. One of the best. Sinama-Pongolle was on the podium for Liverpool’s Istanbul triumph (Picture: Getty)‘Our flight arrived a bit later but the bus around the city didn’t wait for us. ‘They claimed that there were so many people on the streets of Liverpool that the police needed it to start. It was unfair. ‘They should have waited for the squad players. When I got back to Liverpool, I just went home and cried like crazy.‘The night before everything was great. It was so exciting. I should have been on that bus. I was really sad about how the club handled that.’Who is the more talented player?Cazorla0%Gerrard0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Patrice Evra reveals death threats from jailed Liverpool fans after Luis Suarez racist abuseMORE: John Barnes suggests Kylian Mbappe’s ‘attitude’ makes him the wrong fit for LiverpoolFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.