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The big problem with the Premier League's return
The Bundesliga's return is going well so far, so why won't "Project Restart" also be a success? Because when it comes to containing the coronavirus, England isn't Germany.

LA Galaxy slams racist posts by wife of winger Katai
MLS club LA Galaxy Wednesday condemned a series of racist social media posts by the wife of their Serbian midfielder Aleksandar Katai and demanded their immediate removal. In the now-deleted Instagram posts, Tea Katai reportedly mocked the Black Lives Matter movement and urged violence against people protesting over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. "Earlier today, the LA Galaxy were made aware of a series of racist and violent social media posts by Tea Katai, the wife of LA Galaxy midfielder Aleksandar Katai," the club said.

The Latest: Swiss soccer to restart earlier to help Basel
The Swiss soccer league will restart several days earlier than planned to help Europa League contender Basel cope with a backlog of matches in August. The Swiss soccer federation now says Basel’s Swiss Cup quarterfinal match against Lausanne Sport will be played without fans on June 14 instead of the Aug. 5-6 dates for the other quarterfinal matches. Basel is scheduled to resume play in the Europa League in early August.

LA Galaxy to meet with Katai after wife's social media posts
The LA Galaxy will meet with new Serbian winger Aleksandar Katai on Thursday to discuss a series of alarming social media posts by his wife. Tea Katai's posts included a profane call, written in Serbian, to ''kill'' protesters. ''The LA Galaxy strongly condemned the social posts and requested their immediate removal,'' the team's statement read.

LA Galaxy condemn offensive social media posts from player's wife
The posts in question called for the harming of protesters and mocked the Black Lives Matter movement.

MLS, players reach new labor deal, to resume with tournament
Major League Soccer and its players' union agreed to a six-year labor contract through 2025 that paves the way for a tournament in Florida after the season was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic. MLS and the Major League Soccer Players Association agreed Feb. 6 to a five-year labor contract, but the deal had not been ratified when the season was stopped on March 12 after only two matches had been played by each team. MLS Commissioner Don Garber vowed the league will go further with its public stance for equality.

Everton season restart preview
Located six points back of the top seven, Everton will hope their long pause allowed Carlo Ancelotti's system to sink deeper into the minds of his Toffees.

Fans find a way to be part of Portuguese league's return
Fans found a way not to be left out as the Portuguese league resumed in empty stadiums on Wednesday, with leader Porto losing 2-1 at Famalicao. Fans could be heard chanting outside the stadium during Porto's game, and some supporters watched the match from the balconies of nearby buildings overlooking the field. Porto fans had already gathered to support the team as it left its hotel for the match that highlighted the league's return after a shutdown of nearly three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier League social media wrap: Antonio, Pereira urge unity
The Premier League's social media world was again focused on activism on Wednesday, with many players proffering jerseys for bid to help the NHS Charities.

Portuguese league returns as Porto suffer surprise defeat
The Portuguese Primeira Liga became the second top European football league to return on Wednesday following the coronavirus lockdown as leaders Porto fell to a surprising 2-1 loss at Famalicao. Despite the match being played behind closed doors, several Porto supporters made the short trip to congregate outside the stadium. Second-placed Benfica, who sit one point behind Porto, could take top spot on Thursday when the reigning champions host Tondela.

Japan's soccer federation announces new women's pro league
Japan’s soccer federation has announced a new professional women’s league that will begin play next year. Called the WE League, for women’s empowerment, the new organization will initially consist of six to 10 teams and will kick off in the fall of 2021. Japan Football Association President Kohzo Tashima said the aim of the league is not just to develop women's soccer in the nation.

Fans ignore social distancing at Hungarian Cup final
Budapest Honved players celebrated winning the Hungarian Cup final in front of a mass of fans who were not following social distancing on Wednesday. Djordje Kamber, who clinched the 2-1 victory over Mezokovesd-Zsory, was seen with a megaphone leading the celebrations at the front of one stand at the Puskas Ferenc Arena. Match organizers in Hungary are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another.

Eintracht thumping sends Bremen further into relegation mire
Werder Bremen's fight against relegation from the Bundesliga faltered on Wednesday after a 3-0 home defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt that leaves them mired in the drop zone. Bremen have spent more seasons in the league than any other club, but with six matches left they are second-from-bottom, three points from safety and facing the prospect of dropping down a division after a resounding loss to Eintracht. The first half was keenly contested and Bremen thought they were going to be given a penalty for handball nine minutes before the break, but after a long VAR review the hosts' midfielder Davy Klaassen was ruled as being offside in the build-up.

Frankfurt beats struggling Werder 3-0 in Bundesliga
Stefan Ilsanker scored twice off the bench as Eintracht Frankfurt beat Werder Bremen 3-0 on Wednesday to damage the host's hopes of escaping relegation from the Bundesliga. Ilsanker had not scored a league goal since 2015.

Eintracht nears safety with second-half surge past Bremen
Ilsanker's goals mark his first in the Bundesliga over 87 appearances, and first in any competition since scoring for Leipzig in the 2015-16 2.Bundesliga.

Germany won't punish players for George Floyd protests
As more players spoke out against racial discrimination and injustice, the German soccer federation said it will not punish those who protest against the killing of George Floyd. The Bundesliga has seen several players feature messages on their clothing and make gestures since Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee for several minutes on his neck. Chelsea and U.S. midfielder Christian Pulisic took part in the video, as did Bayern Munich and Canada left back Alphonso Davies and Women's World Cup winner Mallory Pugh of the U.S.

Crystal Palace season restart preview
Roy Hodgson's done a good job at Selhurst Park despite limited contributions from the center forward position. The Europa League is not impossible.

Turkish leaders Trabzonspor hit with European ban
There have been plenty of familiar faces in Trabzonspor's run to the top, though Daniel Sturridge has left the club following a betting ban.

Bayern’s Mueller sends message of unity amidst protests over U.S. police violence
VIDEO SHOWS: SOUNDBITES FROM BAYERN MUNICH FORWARD THOMAS MUELLER ON SPORTS' ABILITY TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND ON WORKING WITH FORWARD ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI V LIONEL MESSI OR CRISTIANO RONALDO / BORUSSIA DORTMUND PLAYERS JADON SANCHO AND ACHRAF HAKIMI REVEAL T-SHIRTS READING "JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD" AFTER SCORING GOALS. BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH'S MARCUS THURAM KNEELS AFTER SCORING. SCREEN SHOT OF TWEET FROM THE GERMAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (DFB) ANNOUNCING, IN GERMAN, THAT THERE WILL BE NO DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS FOR DISPLAYS RESENDING COMPLETE SHOTLIST AND SCRIPT SHOWS: MUNICH, GERMANY (JUNE 3, 2020) (BAYERN MUNICH HANDOUT - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BAYERN MUNICH STRIKER, THOMAS MUELLER, SAYING: "Sports always was and is able to share the power or to try to show the world that we are a community and we are strong together. And we have so many different people in sports. It doesn't matter the colour, but also, we have small people, we have larger people. Also, in football, maybe some people are thin like me or big like other players, very strong players. The signal should be that it doesn't matter how we look or how we speak or - I don't know how to explain. Sports have the power to bring people together to speak with one tongue. We all try to live in a peaceful world, but I also know everybody lives his life through his own eyes. And that's what we are. But sometimes maybe we have to look to our team mate, we have to look the other person. And try to share love and that's what sports can be." PADERBORN, GERMANY (MAY 31, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 2. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF JADON SANCHO SHOWING T-SHIRT WITH "JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD" MESSAGE 3. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF SANCHO SCORING 4. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF SANCHO WITH "JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD" T-SHIRT 5. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF DORTMUND'S ACHRAF HAKIMI SCORING 6. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HAKIMI WITH "JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD" T-SHIRT MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY (MAY 31, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 7. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF MARCUS THURMAN SCORES FOR BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH 8. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF THURMAN KNEELS AFTER SCORING INTERNET (JUNE 3, 2020) (TWITTER @DFB - MUST COURTESY @DFB) 9. SCREEN SHOT OF TWEET FROM THE GERMAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (DFB) ANNOUNCING, IN GERMAN, THAT THERE WILL BE NO DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AGAINST HAKIMI, SANCHO, MCKENNIE & THURMAN FOR DISPLAYS MUNICH, GERMANY (JUNE 3, 2020) (BAYERN MUNICH HANDOUT - ACCESS ALL) 10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BAYERN MUNICH STRIKER, THOMAS MUELLER, SAYING: "Maybe in past years I would have liked to play with Leo Messi because in the first six or seven years of my career, I was more the receiving striker. I got the ball in the box and tried to score it. In the moment right now, and in my very good shape at the moment, I assist many goals. So maybe now I need Cristiano Ronaldo more to score the goals. But us at Bayern, we have Robert Lewand-goal-ski' (referring to forward Robert Lewandowski). You know… Robert Lewand-goal-ski. And I think maybe right now he's a better option than Cristiano." STORY: Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller sent a message of unity on Wednesday (June 3) saying sports have the ability to bring people together. Mueller's statement comes as wide-spread demonstrations have erupted in the United States following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while in police custody. Earlier on Wednesday, the Bundesliga said it would take no action against symbols of solidarity with the protests in the U.S. and across the world. The league declined to take disciplinary action against Borussia Dortmund's Achraf Hakimi and Jadon Sancho, Weston McKennie of Schalke 04 and Borussia Moenchengladbach's Marcus Thuram -- all of whom signalled their support during matches. Mueller also said, given his current strengths as a player, that he would choose his Bayern team mate Robert Lewandowski, who he called Lewand-goal-ski, over Barcelona's Lionel Messi or Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo. (Production: Tanya Wood, Kurt Michael Hall)

Tottenham have only positive test in Premier League's latest virus checks
The Premier League's restart bid received a boost on Wednesday as it was revealed an unnamed person at Tottenham Hotspur was the only positive test out of 1,197 in the latest round of coronavirus checks. Tottenham confirmed the individual who tested positive is from the north London club, but did not say if it was a player or member of staff. "We have been informed by the Premier League that we have received one positive test for COVID-19 following the latest round of testing at our training centre," Tottenham said in a statement.

MLS set for return as players union agrees new deal
Major League Soccer and the league's players union reached agreement on a labour deal on Wednesday, clearing the way for a return to play next month following the coronavirus shutdown. The MLS Players Association said the body had ratified a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that would run through the 2025 season. The agreement means Major League Soccer will return next month at a tournament which will be staged at a single location at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Hamilton right to speak out on racial injustice, says Ecclestone
Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has backed Lewis Hamilton after the six-time world champion spoke about his "rage" over racial injustice following the death of George Floyd. The 89-year-old Englishman said Hamilton and other sports stars should have the freedom to air their views. Hamilton, the only black driver in F1, on Tuesday said he had been "completely overcome with rage at the sight of such blatant disregard for the lives of our (black) people" following the incident in the United States.

Bundesliga players who protested for George Floyd won't be punished
Four players, including the USMNT's Weston McKennie, won't be punished for displaying messages in protest of Floyd's death.

McKennie joined by PL, USMNT, Bundesliga, NBA players in protest video
USMNT legend Clint Dempsey, USWNT star Mallory Pugh, and Chelsea stars Christian Pulisic and Antonio Rudiger speak between clips of police violence.

LIVE, Bundesliga: USMNT players collide in Werder Bremen v Eintracht Frankfurt
Live Bundesliga action as Werder Bremen v Eintracht Frankfurt is a massive clash, here is how you can follow and watch all the action live on TV and online.

Chelsea season restart preview
We take a closer look at Chelsea ahead of the 2019-20 Premier League restart, as Frank Lampard's side are trying to hold on for a top four finish.

Newcastle fans angered by lack of refunds
The Newcastle United Supporters' Trust (NUST) has accused the club of a "dereliction of duty" towards fans for not providing refunds for postponed matches and continuing to sell season tickets. A host of Premier League clubs have already committed to refunding season ticket holders on a pro-rata basis for games in the 2019/20 season that will now be played behind closed doors. Newcastle could soon be under new ownership with a Saudi-led £300 million ($376 million) takeover awaiting the approval of the Premier League.

For D.C. United coach Ben Olsen, societal change more important than everything else right now
Even with the return of the MLS on the horizon, Ben Olsen is trying his best to educate his children on what's going on in society and make a change.

MLS is returning in 2020
Yahoo Sports' Doug McIntyre breaks down MLS' plans to return in 2020.

Transfer news: Kokcu to Arsenal; Vecino to Tottenham
In the latest transfer news Orkun Kokcu has been linked with a move to Arsenal once again, while Matias Vecino could be heading to Tottenham.

MLS players ratify labour deal, finalise plan to resume season
The deal, which ensures labour peace until at least the end of the 2025 MLS season, includes a restart plan that begins with a tournament at Orlando's Walt Disney World and will see players take a 5% pay cut for the rest of the 2020 season. MLS Commissioner Don Garber, speaking on a video call with media, did not disclose specifics of the tournament since the details have not yet been finalised. "Bear with us for a bit while we continue to finalize all the details of the Orlando project," said Garber.

MLS to return with summer tournament after players approve new CBA
A couple of weeks after the Bundesliga returned to action, the path is now clear for Major League Soccer to do the same.

Ighalo aiming to lift Man Utd after loan extension
RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS A WHITE FLASH VIDEO SHOWS: TWO SOUNDBITES FROM MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER, ODION IGHALO, FILE STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF IGHALO PLAYING FOR MANCHESTER UNITED, RECENT MANCHESTER UNITED TRAINING FOOTAGE SHOWS: UNKNOWN LOCATION (JUNE 2, 2020) (MUTV - MUST COURTESY: "MUTV", DO NOT OBSCURE LOGOS, NO RESALES) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER, ODION IGHALO, SAYING: "I'm really happy. It's a dream for me again, so I'm buzzing and I'm ready to go." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER, ODION IGHALO, SAYING: "We're fighting for two cups - the Europa Cup (Europa League) and the FA Cup - which we want to fight to get to the final to win it, which is possible and for us to end in the top four to qualify for the Champions League, which has been the aim of the manager, the fans and everybody in the club 'til today, this is what we want to achieve and I'm part of that goal to achieve that. So, I'm working towards that with the team and everybody around the club." 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER MANCHESTER UNITED DEFENDER, WES BROWN, SAYING: "When you scored, being a Man United fan what did that feel like? That must have been crazy." 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER, ODION IGHALO, SAYING: "It felt great you know, because this is a moment I thought would never happen in my lifetime and seeing it happen is a different feeling. It's very difficult for me to explain the feelings inside, but I also want to say it's great and it's the moment I'm going to cherish all the days of my life." CARRINGTON, NEAR MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - MARCH 11, 2020) (ACTION IMAGES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 6. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF IGHALO SMILING DURING A TRAINING SESSION LINZ, AUSTRIA (FILE - MARCH 12, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 7. TWO STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF IGHALO CELEBRATING AFTER SCORING A GOAL DURING MANCHESTER UNITED'S EUROPA LEAGUE MATCH AGAINST LASK LINZ DERBY, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - MARCH 5, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 8. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF IGHALO CELEBRATING WITH MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER AFTER THEIR FA CUP MATCH AGAINST DERBY COUNTY MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 28, 2020) (MUTV - MUST COURTESY "MUTV". DO NOT OBSCURE LOGO. NO RESALES.) (MUTE) 9. MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYERS DURING TEAM TRAINING SESSION 10. SHOT IN PORTRAIT - PLAYER JUGGLING BALL (BACK TO CAMERA) 11. SHOT IN PORTRAIT - MANCHESTER UNITED MIDFIELDER, BRUNO FERNANDES, JUGGLING BALL ON HIS HEAD 12. SQUAD DOING TRAINING DRILL 13. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS TAKING SHOT ON GOAL DURING TEAM TRAINING SESSION 14. SQUAD DOING TRAINING DRILL STORY: Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo hopes to help Manchester United win two trophies and qualify for the Champions League after extending his loan deal at the Premier League club from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of January 2021. Ighalo, whose initial loan spell from the Chinese Super League side was set to end on May 31, scored four goals in eight games for United before football was suspended due to COVID-19. "I'm really happy. It's a dream for me again, so I'm buzzing and I'm ready to go," he told MUTV on Tuesday (June 2). United have nine games left to play in the league and are fifth on 45 points, three points behind Chelsea, with the campaign set to resume on June 17. They have all but sealed progress to the Europa League quarter-finals after a 5-0 win over LASK Linz in the first leg of their last-16 fixture. Ole Gunnar Solskaer's team will also play Norwich City in the FA Cup quarter-finals. "We're fighting for two cups - the Europa Cup (Europa League) and the FA Cup," Ighalo said. "We want to fight to get to the final to win it, which is possible and for us to end in the top four to qualify for the Champions League, which has been the aim of the manager, the fans and everybody in the club till today, this is what we want to achieve and I'm part of that goal to achieve that. "So, I'm working towards that with the team and everybody around the club." (Production: Tim Hart)

No sanctions for Sancho and Bundesliga players for Floyd protests
Bundesliga players including Jadon Sancho who staged protests during matches following the death of black American man George Floyd will not be punished, the German Football Federation said on Wednesday. In a statement, the DFB said "no action" would be taken against Borussia Dortmund players Sancho and Achraf Hakimi, Schalke's US midfielder Weston McKennie and Borussia Moenchengladbach's French forward Marcus Thuram for "their symbols of solidarity".

Burnley season restart preview
We take a closer look at Burnley ahead of the 2019-20 Premier League restart, as Sean Dyche's side are in the hunt for European qualification.

UEFA bans Turkish leader Trabzonspor in financial case
Turkish league leader Trabzonspor was banned from one season of European soccer competitions on Wednesday for breaking financial monitoring rules. UEFA said the club missed targets in its latest accounts required by a previous agreement to avoid sanctions under Financial Fair Play rules. The rules monitor income and spending on player transfers and wages by clubs that qualify for the Champions League and Europa League.

Top Premier League record holders
Check out Sky Sports' list of Premier League players who set the all-time bar.

MLS players union ratifies agreement clearing way for return in early July
Major League Soccer and its players union ratified an agreement on a return-to-play plan as coronavirus restrictions are further eased.

Premier League confirm one positive COVID-19 test result
Premier League reveals there was one positive result from 1197 tests after the fifth round of COVID-19 testing among players and staff.

MLS players agree to return; Orlando tournament lined up
MLS will return as the players have agreed with the league to make changes to the CBA which clears the way for a tournament in Orlando this summer.

Bundesliga takes no action against players supporting Floyd protests
VIDEO SHOWS: BORUSSIA DORTMUND PLAYERS JADON SANCHO AND ACHRAF HAKIMI REVEAL T-SHIRTS READING "JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD" AFTER SCORING GOALS. BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH'S MARCUS THURAM KNEELS AFTER SCORING. SCREEN SHOT OF TWEET FROM THE GERMAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (DFB) ANNOUNCING, IN GERMAN, THAT THERE WILL BE NO DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS FOR DISPLAYS RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT SHOWS: PADERBORN, GERMANY (MAY 31, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 1. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF JADON SANCHO SHOWING T-SHIRT WITH "JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD" MESSAGE 2. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF SANCHO SCORING 3. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF SANCHO WITH "JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD" T-SHIRT 4. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF DORTMUND'S ACHRAF HAKIMI SCORING 5. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF HAKIMI WITH "JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD" T-SHIRT MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY (MAY 31, 2020) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 6. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF MARCUS THURMAN SCORES FOR BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH 7. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF THURMAN KNEELS AFTER SCORING INTERNET (JUNE 3, 2020) (TWITTER @DFB - MUST COURTESY @DFB) 8. SCREEN SHOT OF TWEET FROM THE GERMAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (DFB) ANNOUNCING, IN GERMAN, THAT THERE WILL BE NO DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AGAINST HAKIMI, SANCHO, MCKENNIE & THURMAN FOR DISPLAYS STORY: Bundesliga players are free to show their support for protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody in the United States, the German Football Association (DFB) said on Wednesday (June 3). The DFB said in a statement that no disciplinary action would be taken against Borussia Dortmund's Achraf Hakimi and Jadon Sancho, Weston McKennie of Schalke 04 or Borussia Moenchengladbach's Marcus Thuram -- all of whom signalled their support during matches. England international Sancho was shown a yellow card after removing his shirt to reveal the message "Justice for George Floyd", although the booking was for the shirt removal, rather than the slogan. Soccer's world governing body FIFA, which forbids players expressing personal views about politics, religion and social issues on the field, broke with its usual protocol and advised "common sense" in dealing with such incidents. The DFB said it would take no action against symbols of solidarity with the protests in the U.S. and across the world. (Production: Kurt Michael Hall)

Ukraine soccer club has 25 virus cases among players, staff
A Ukrainian soccer team has found 25 cases of the coronavirus among players and staff. The Ukrainian soccer association said Tuesday the positive results at Karpaty Lviv came from 65 tests. The Ukrainian league restarted last week without Karpaty.

Simeone's assistant Burgos to leave Atletico
Diego Simeone's long-time assistant German Burgos confirmed on Wednesday he will leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season to pursue a career as a head coach. Known for his tough approach and imposing demeanour, Burgos' departure will be keenly felt by Simeone, whose own position at Atletico has come under scrutiny in recent years. After leading the team to a momentous La Liga triumph in 2014, Atleti have finished more than 10 points behind champions Barcelona in each of the last two seasons.

AFC urged to mandate human rights into 2027 Asian Cup bids
A global activist group urged Asia’s soccer body on Wednesday to mandate respecting human rights into bidding for and organizing the 2027 Asian Cup. Expected bidders include India, Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia ahead of a June 30 deadline set by the Asian Football Confederation to enter the contest.

Bundesliga: No sanctions for George Floyd protests
Weston McKennie, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Thuram and Achraf Hakimi won't be sanctioned by the Bundesliga after honoring George Floyd with on-pitch protests.

USMNT’s Steffen, Adams express solidarity with Floyd
USMNT players Zack Steffen and Tyler Adams joined several other Bundesliga players in expressing their solidarity in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Tottenham's Son Heung-min enjoyed 'tough' military service
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min says he enjoyed the "tough" challenge of his three-week spell doing military service in South Korea. The enforced break has also allowed the 27-year-old to complete his recovery from the arm fracture he suffered in Tottenham's win against Aston Villa in February.

Former Man City defender Onuoha feels unsafe in United States
Real Salt Lake defender Nedum Onuoha says he has a "fear and distrust" of police in the United States as protests against racial injustice sweep across the country following the death of George Floyd. Onuoha moved to Major League Soccer in 2018 after spells at Manchester City, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers. "I am always very wary of how I behave and how it could be viewed by people who have power," Onuoha, 33, told the BBC.

The Latest: Detroit Pistons set to reopen practice facility
The Detroit Pistons are set to reopen their practice facility, starting Thursday. The Pistons announced that the team’s performance center will enter its first phase of reopening, for voluntary, individual workouts. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted the state’s stay-at-home order Monday.

Asian football getting 'closer' to return, official says
Asia's Champions League is getting closer to a return but it will have to wait until domestic competitions are back in action, a senior football official told AFP on Wednesday. Asian Football Confederation general secretary Windsor John said: "We are approaching closer to the return of football." "We have to wait for all the domestic leagues to start first," added John, when asked about the return of the AFC's club tournaments.

Nagoya Grampus' Kanazaki tests positive for coronavirus
TOKYO (AP) -- Nagoya Grampus forward Mu Kanazaki has tested positive for the new coronavirus.







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