Covid-19 continues to ravage the world as we speak. However, it is not all gloom as there are positive signs in some parts of the world. In Europe talks of football and sporting events resuming are now common on most media stations. In this post, we look at the latest developments in the European footballing world.
1. French Ligue 1 Cancelled
The French Ligue 1 was recently cancelled after the French government announced that no sporting events would happen until September. The French Football Federation then went ahead to award PSG the title while Kylian Mbappe was named top scorer. Mbappe’s Golden Boot awarding came with some criticism, however. He and Wissam Ben Yedder of AS Monaco had the same goals (18), but all of Mbappe’s goals were from open play while Yedder scored three penalties.
2. The Bundesliga is Set to Start on 15th May
The Bundesliga is the first among the top five leagues to resume after the Covid-19 pandemic. The German government gave the league the nod to restart on that particular date but with stringent measures that will ensure no spread of the virus. Part of the suggestions include social distancing on the bench during football matches and an outfit change at half-time. Bayern Munich top the standings of the Bundesliga on 55 points, four clear of Borussia Dortmund in second place after 25 matches.
3. 5 Subs to Become a Norm
As part of recommendations that will help in protecting the welfare of players, FIFA has approved the use of five substitutions by leagues in the efforts to restart football. The suggestions are open for adoption by each individual association. The teams will be allowed to make the changes at half time. The new five substitutions is an addition to the three that football rules allow currently. Further talks are in progress to use the proposed changes in the 2020/21 season as well.