Rob Harris

Rob Harris

Write & talk about international sports news. @AP Global Football/Sports Writer

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The conflation by politicians of the issue of some wealthy clubs furloughing staff with Premier League players’ pay has proved unsavoury over the last week. Players have coordinated now more effectively than the PL or the clubs with a pandemic fundraising plan for @NHSCharities 

Southampton players to defer part of salaries for April, May and June. Ralph Hasenhuttl and his coaching staff and directors are as well in response to the financial issues resulting from the pandemic

Revealed: UEFA exploring changes to Financial Fair Play rules to deal with "extraordinary challenges" facing clubs across Europe.

UEFA has working group looking at changes to FFP in response to the financial issues at clubs caused by the pandemic. It will need to consider clubs like Tottenham receiving state aid by furloughing staff to reduce the wage bill

FIFA chiefs approve player contracts extended until seasons end & new contracts don't start until the new season does. On salaries, "FIFA strongly encourages clubs and players to work together to find agreements and solutions during the period when football is suspended"

As FFP changes are explored by UEFA, LaLiga President Javier Tebas now backs owners injecting money to reduce debt while he’s still opposed to state funding. Issue during pandemic with clubs faces shortfalls is permitting wealthy owners to invest

Big pre-pandemic football issue was European Club Association push to turn the Champs Lge into a largely closed competition. The plan was suppressed by non-elite clubs resisting. Now top ECA administrator Michele Centenaro is leaving general secretary job (but stays to advise)


BREAKING: Manchester City banned from Champions League for two seasons by UEFA and fined 30 million euros

Australia leading the way again when it comes to explaining refereeing decisions. Today an audio feed provided to viewers from the ref to VAR as a yellow card was upgraded to red

Shocking Porto players attempt to prevent their teammate, Moussa Marega, from walking off the pitch after facing racist abuse

Breaking: Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi tests positive for #Coronavirus  & entire Chelsea squad to a self-isolate

BREAKING: UEFA warns England & Russia they could be disqualified from European Championship if there is further violence.

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