18 Oct

Premier League set to live stream all matches played behind closed doors as part of coronavirus crisis plan

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 12 Mar 2020 8:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement Italy’s Serie A have already been playing matches behind closed doors (Picture: AFP )So far major sporting events in the UK have gone ahead as planned – including Six Nations games, Premier League matches and the Cheltenham festival.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveBut that could change depending on the outcome of the government’s Cobra committee meeting on Thursday morning, with a move from the ‘contain’ phase to the ‘delay’ phase expected to see a ban on large public gatherings.The Premier League and Football Association have already been in discussion with the government and, according to The Times, the football season will not be postponed but instead played exclusively behind closed doors.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsWhile the 3pm television blackout will still be observed on Saturdays – with officials worried about setting a precedent that would remove the protected slot – matches look set to be moved from that time period and live streamed instead.All Premier League season ticket holders, and individual match ticket holders, will be able to stream the games live from their homes.center_img PSG played Dortmund behind closed doors – though fans turned up anyway (Picture: Getty)Broadcasters will also be permitted to screen multiple games in the lunchtime and tea-time slots on Saturday, as well as on Sundays andMonday nights.Matches will be blocked from being broadcast in pubs, however, to avoid large public gatherings and will be threatened with the loss of their license if they flaunt the rules.The Premier League’s broadcasting contracts mean it would face a huge penalty if the season was terminated, hence the reluctance to follow the lead of the NBA and suspend the current campaign.MORE: Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus 48 hours after making light of the worldwide panic over the diseaseMORE: Diego Costa coughs on reporters after win against Liverpool amid coronavirus outbreakFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Premier League set to live stream all matches played behind closed doors as part of coronavirus crisis plan Matches could be played behind closed doors from this weekend onwards (Picture: Getty)The Premier League have put plans in place to live stream all matches played behind closed doors should the government decide to upgrade its response to the coronavirus pandemic.Football matches in Italy and France are already being played behind closed doors – with PSG beating Borussia Dortmund in an emptyParc des Princes stadium in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Juventus also took on Inter Milan in their Serie A title clash behind closed doors, with both teams now suspending training and going into isolation after Juve defender Daniele Rugani tested positive for Covid-19.last_img read more

25 Sep

‘Selective’ martial law in Mindanao mulled

first_imgPresidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said he plans to recommend martial law extensions in Sulu, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao due to the presence of terror groups that have pledged allegiance to international terrorist network of Islamic State (ISIS). “We might recommend to the Secretary of National Defense some areas lang in Mindanao where there is presence ng mga ISIS-inspired groups,” says Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. GMA NEWS “As an independent body, we might recommend to the Secretary of National Defense some areas lang particularly Sulu, area ng Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao, where there is presence ng mga ISIS-inspired groups,” Galvez said. “Any decision on Mindanao martial law should be thoroughly assessed since terrorists could conduct attacks in any area in the island region,” Galvez said. MANILA – As martial law in Mindanaonears its deadline, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Processmight recommend an extension only in selected areas in the region. He agrees with the proposal to have a “selective” implementation of martial law but will abide by the final recommendation of security forces and local officials. “Martial law would no longer be needed if the Human Security Act is amended to allow warrantless detention of terror suspects up to one month. The current maximum detention of three days is not enough to build the case and disrupt the terrorists’ plans,” he added. President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire island of Mindanao under martial law in May 2017 because of the Marawi siege. He has since asked Congress to extend it three times. The latest martial law extension in Mindanao is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019 unless President Duterte will asks for another extension and Congress approves it./PNlast_img read more

21 Sep

Injuries mount for Allardyce

first_img “We still have (Andy) Carroll, (Matthew) Jarvis, (Carl) Jenkinson, (Kevin) Nolan and (James) Collins out,” Allardyce said in Thursday’s press conference. “Sakho tweaked his back on Tuesday too so we’re not sure if he’ll be fit for Saturday. “You don’t want to be faced with that many injuries, but we’re looking pretty good with the way we are playing.” West Ham head into the game having been knocked out of the League Cup in the second round by the Blades. Allardyce made nine changes to the team that won 3-1 at Crystal Palace last weekend to face Nigel Clough’s men. Despite a solid display, they lost 5-4 on penalties after Enner Valencia, who made his first West Ham start against the Blades, missed the crucial penalty in the shootout following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes. And Allardyce is disappointed he will not get the chance to blood more young players in the latter stages of the competition. “It’s a shame we got knocked out because it would have been great for the (Reece) Burkes, the (Daniel) Pottses and the (Diego) Poyets to play more in those type of games,” the 59-year-old manager said. “We have to keep developing them in training. “The young lads put on a good show.” Press Association Allardyce has warned his players to expect a highly-motivated Southampton side on Saturday. The Saints lost 2-1 at Liverpool in their Premier League opener before holding West Brom to a goalless draw. Ronald Koeman’s men travel to London again on the back of Tuesday’s 2-0 triumph at Millwall that earned them a spot in the third round of the League Cup. “With a new manager, Southampton will have players who want to impress him,” Allardyce said. “Having watched the Liverpool game they put up a good performance and then got a draw at home. “We need a little more consistency in front of goal and we’ll be fine.” Allardyce revealed he is looking to make one more signing before the end of the transfer window but ruled out any further exits. “We have the budget for one quality player and that’s a possibility before the window shuts,” he said. “I can’t see anyone going the other way at the moment. “Then we have an international window and that’s good for us with the injury list.” The Hammers have five players sidelined while Diafra Sakho is doubtful for the encounter at Upton Park. The Senegal striker hurt his back during Tuesday’s Capital One Cup exit to Sheffield United. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is confident his team can beat Southampton in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash despite their injury woes.last_img read more

28 Aug

Pop-up food pantry coming to Alpena for families in need

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — A semi–truck stocked with 9–thousand pounds of free food is rolling in town. This week’s pop–up food pantry requires more volunteers to distribute meats, canned goods and produce to families in need.Here’s how you can help.Families who need extra help are welcome to bring their own bags and boxes for a free food giveaway at Alpena Mall. The pop–up pantry will run between 4 PM – 6 PM Friday, Feb. 15. The Alpena County Human Services Coordinating Council will supply food on a first come, first service basis. However, they need additional volunteers.The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is providing the truck  and they help stock food pantries in the Alpena area. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan residents can prevent child abuse using tax return formsNext Photo of the Day for Tuesday, February 12last_img read more