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Sport vs COVID-19 News Update_30.04.2020

Article by Daniel Cade, Director at SchweryCade. 

Changes in the world are currently happening at lightening pace, during these unprecedented times. In an effort to keep those within the industry up to date on events and opinions, each week I’m sharing 10 articles that provide insight in relation to Sport’s actions in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. To read previous issues of this news update (from mid-March to Mid-April), see my Linkedin posts.


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This week, experts consider how sport can make the shift to making more responsible decisions, answers to where support funds and savings will come from start to materialise, and Football looks at the practical aspects of re-starting – or not, as the case may be.


Footballers should be booked for spitting as they risk spreading coronavirus, says Fifa’s chief medic



Players should be given yellow cards should they spit on the field when football resumes, says Fifa’s medical committee chairman Michel D’Hooghe.


UEFA releases €236.5m to support its member associations at this difficult time



The UEFA Executive Committee gives the green light to lifting the conditions on payments made through UEFA’s HatTrick programme.


FIFA proposes use of five substitutes per team once competitions restart



FIFA has proposed that teams should be allowed to make up to five substitutions per match, instead of the usual three, as a temporary measure to help cope with potential fixture congestion in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.


Post-Covid-19 reset gives sport an opportunity to generate a new, cohesive narrative



By using nuanced language and coming together with a shared response, sport can aid the global recovery following the pandemic and address other sustainability issues.


Corona: Leaving the current business model of sport offside



Few cultural fields, if any, have increased their popularity as much as sports in recent years. Equally, few such fields face as uncertain a future. The short- and medium-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are a big challenge for sport, at least for the kind of sport that has been promoted thus far by the international governing bodies of sport.


Eredivisie cancels season without any champion, relegation and promotion



The Dutch Eredivisie has become the first major European football league to cancel its season in response to the coronavirus crisis. For the first time since 1944-45, the Dutch top flight will not have a champion and there will be no relegation or promotion either from the 18-team division.


Germans, Swiss and Italians progress restart plans, governments permitting



With governments across Europe implementing or considering a phased easing of strict lockdown measures, domestic leagues are cautiously coming up with different scenarios for season restarts, but those plans remain subject to the approval of health authorities.


Clubs urge EFL to change ‘Profitability and Sustainability’ rules to prevent breaches



Championship clubs are pressuring the English Football League into making changes to the controversial ‘Profitability and Sustainability’ rules, previously known as ‘Financial Fair Play’.


Protect sport by taking care of biodiversity, says new IUCN guide supported by the IOC



The guide, “Mitigating biodiversity impacts of sports events”, offers advice to sports event organisers on how to reduce the impact on biodiversity and promote its conservation throughout all phases of event planning.


Decalogue for the economic sustainability of the Clubs 2020/21



ProLiga looking after the interests of 237 Second B and Third division clubs in Spain, has made a proposal to CSD, RFEF, AFE and Footballers ON of 10 actions can be implemented with the aim of contributing to the economic sustainability of its clubs for the coming season. [In Spanish]