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Football: Five substitutions per team to be allowed on temporary basis

Saturday, 2020-05-09 08:59:43
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Teams will be allowed 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 novel coronavirus outbreak, FIFA said on Friday (May 8).

The change in the rules will be allowed in all competitions which are due to finish by the end of this year and it will be up to individual competition organisers whether to implement it.

* Barcelona trained on Friday (May 8) for the first time in nearly two months as the team held their first individual session as part of the league's four-phase plan to return to action after measures to halt the coronavirus were eased.

* Barcelona's women's team were officially declared champions of Spain's Liga Iberdrola on Friday after the national soccer federation's executive committee agreed to end all non-professional competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

* The 2020 K-League season started on Friday (May 8) with a match between Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Suwon Samsung Bluewings played without spectators after a delay of more than two months caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

* Italian football giants Inter Milan and AC Milan were both back training Friday (May 8) two months after a strict lockdown which has hit the northern Italian city hard. Inter said all their players and staff have tested negative for coronavirus on Friday, clearing the way for them to return to individual training in the afternoon.

* An autographed and well-worn pair of basketball legend Michael Jordan's Nike shoes hits the auction block at Sotheby's on Friday, in a celebrity-infused test of the market for sneakers as highly-prized collectibles. The Air Jordan 1s, designed for Jordan in 1985 and the first ever signature sneakers, are expected to fetch between US$100,000 to US$150,000 in the online auction that closes on May 17, Sotheby's in New York said.

* The coronavirus-delayed Chinese Super League could kick off next month but without some leading foreign stars including Paulinho and Marko Arnautovic, because of temporary restrictions on entering the country, Chinese Football Association president Chen Xuyuan has said.

* Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min completed a three-week basic military training course in the Republic of Korea on Friday and picked up an award as the top performer among 157 trainees, Yonhap news agency reported on Friday.

Reuters, CNA