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England's FA plead with UK government to grant Iceland players travel exemption
Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium Credit: David Wilson (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Talks are continuing on Thursday between the FA and senior government officials in an attempt to clarify whether existing coronavirus regulations denying Iceland's players and staff entry into the United Kingdom will remain in place. The current restrictions relate to a new coronavirus strain that has spread to humans from mink in Denmark.

"We have asked the Government to consider allowing us to play our final Nations League match at Wembley Stadium, by giving travel exemption to the Icelandic team subject to strict medical protocols," the FA said on its Twitter account.

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MI5 moves UK Terrorism threat level to "SEVERE"

The MI5 page informing the current UK (England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) threat level was changed to SEVERE. Also, the threat to Northern Ireland from Northern Ireland-related terrorism is SEVERE. SEVERE means an attack is highly likely. Just 1 level below the top one: critical.

Excel caused almost 16,000 Covid-19 test results to be lost
Excel caused almost 16,000 Covid-19 test results to be lost
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Public Health England (PHE) in the United Kingdom have used an old file format known as XLS for the reporting templates for Covid-19 test results. As a consequence, each template could handle only about 65,000 rows of data rather than the one million-plus rows that Excel is actually capable of.

16,000 positive Covid-19 cases have gone unreported and have only now - days later - been submitted.

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World Cup winner and former Ireland manager Jack Charlton died
Jack Charlton in 1970
Jack Charlton in 1970 Credit: Panini (Public Domain)

Jack Charlton, a 1966 World Cup winner with England and former Republic of Ireland's national team, has died aged 85. The former defender had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and also had dementia.

Gary Lineker said on Twitter: "Saddened to hear that Jack Charlton has passed away. World Cup winner with England, manager of probably the best ever Ireland side and a wonderfully infectious personality to boot. RIP Jack,".