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Record 14 million tickets requested for Euro 2020: UEFA

Wednesday, 2019-07-10 05:42:57
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A logo is pictured on UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, April 15, 2016. (Reuters)
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More than 14 million tickets have been requested for the 2020 European Championship during the first three weeks of the sales window, breaking the tournament's record for registrations, UEFA said on Tuesday.

* The Video Assistant Referee system will be introduced from the quarter-final stage of the Africa Cup of Nations, increasing the possibility of drama in a tournament traditionally filled with refereeing controversy but this year rather muted.

* Celtic's quest to reach the Champions League group stages got off to a good start on Tuesday as Neil Lennon's men recovered from a goal down to beat FK Sarajevo 3-1 in Bosnia.

* Andy Murray on Tuesday ruled out playing singles at the US Open, indicating it could take up to 18 months before he felt ready to return.

* McLaren killed off any summer speculation on Tuesday by announcing that they will keep the same Formula One driver lineup of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz next year. Norris, 19, had been expected to be confirmed after the best debut by a Briton since Lewis Hamilton in 2007 while Spaniard Sainz was already on a multi-year deal after joining from Renault at the end of last year.

* The Athletics Integrity Unit said on Tuesday it had provisionally suspended two Kenyan athletes, one of them a Commonwealth Games former champion, for doping, the latest in a string of doping cases in the East African nation.

* Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge will play host to the opening fixtures of Women's Super League teams Manchester City and Chelsea in September, the clubs have confirmed.

* Twice major champion John Daly has pulled out of next week's British Open after his request to use a golf cart was denied by tournament organisers, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

* The first semi-final of the Cricket World Cup will be played over two days after intermittent rain stopped Tuesday's play with New Zealand on 211 for five against India after 46.1 overs. Ross Taylor was batting on 67 with Tom Latham on three at the other end when rain forced the players off.

* Arsenal have appointed their former midfielder Edu as technical director, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Edu, a member of Arsenal's 2003-04 "Invincibles" squad, returns to the north London club after leaving his role as general coordinator of the Brazil national team.

* Australian John Peers and Finn Henri Kontinen made a small slice of Wimbledon history when they won the first match decided by a tiebreak at 12-12 in the deciding set on Tuesday. The men's doubles eighth seeds beat 12th-seeded American Rajeev Ram and Britain's Joe Salisbury 7-6(2) 6-4 3-6 4-6 13-12(2) in a third-round match lasting four hours 29 minutes.

Reuters, CNA