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COVID-19: FIFA To Introduce New Rules When Football Returns, Suggests Five Substitutions In A Game

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The world football governing body, FIFA has proposed new rules in the beloved game, after a long absence by players.

FIFA has suggested allowing teams to make up to five substitutions in a game, to help players cope with the return to action after COVID-19, SkySports reports.

Teams will be given only three slots during the match to make their changes, in a bid to avoid unnecessary stoppages.

The proposal also acknowledges that there will be increased demands on players when football returns.

Matches are likely to be played every few days, as leagues seek to complete the season.

“In competitions where less than five substitutions are currently allowed, each team would now be given the possibility to use up to five substitutions during the match, with the possibility of an additional substitution remaining during extra time, where relevant,” part of FIFA’s statement read.

FIFA’s plans will require approval from the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which is responsible for the laws of the game.

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#EndSARS: Super Eagles’ Players Scared To Visit Nigeria —– Ndidi

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Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi has said that foreign-based footballers are scared of visiting Nigeria over the alleged killings by suspected operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Ndidi made this claim in a tweet on Saturday.

The Super Eagles midfielder lamented that many Nigerian youths are being killed by those expected to protect them.

Ndidi wrote: “End SARS for the safety of Nigerians. We are scared to visit home because the people who are meant to protect us are killing us.

“Looking good with dreads is not a crime.”

Other national team stars like Leon Balogun, Shehu Abdulahi, and John Ogu had joined the call for SARS to be disbanded.

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UEFA Approves Fans For Bayern, Sevilla Super Cup Clash

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Europe’s football governing body UEFA has confirmed fans will be allowed for next month’s Super Cup clash between Bayern Munich and Sevilla.

It however said only 30 percent of fans will watch the match live at Puskas Stadium in Budapest.

The stadium in the capital of Hungary holds 67,215 spectators at full capacity, which means that 20,164 people will be allowed to attend the clash.

The annual fixture pits the winners of the Champions League against the victors of the Europa League – which Sevilla won for a record sixth time earlier this month by defeating Inter in the showpiece.

This match will be the Andalusian club’s sixth Super Cup of which they have won just once – in 2006, when they defeated Barcelona 3-0 in the showpiece – but have lost on four occasions: 2007, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Bayern Munich was crowned winners of the Champions League by defeating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in Sunday’s final.

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BREAKING: Mikel Obi Returns To England, Joins Stoke City

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Former Super Eagles skipper John Obi Mikel has joined Championship side Stoke City.

The club confirmed he is the fourth signing of the summer.

“The Nigerian international midfielder joins Morgan Fox, James Chester and Steven Fletcher in checking in at the bet365 Stadium ahead of the 2020/21 Championship season,” a statement by the club’s website stated.

Mikel, who won a host of domestic and European honours during a glittering 11-year stay at Chelsea, returns to English football after a spell in the Turkish Super Lig with Trabzonspor.

Manager Michael O’Neill told the club’s website: “We’re delighted to bring John to the Club. His playing career speaks for itself and underlines his caliber as a player.

“I was really impressed with him when we met for the first time and he outlined what he wants from the next phase of his career.

“We spent four hours talking and he made it clear he wants to get back into the Premier League and finish his career there and hopefully he can do that with Stoke City.”

Mikel made more than 370 appearances for Chelsea, helping them to land the Premier League title twice, as well as three FA Cups, the Champions League, and Europa League.

After a spell in China, he played for Middlesbrough after joining them on a short-term deal in January 2019, making 19 appearances. He won 91 caps before retiring from international football following last year’s African Cup of Nations.

Mikel described joining Stoke as “a new chapter”.

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