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2020-04-09T15:49:12+00:00
Football Leaks' whistleblower released from custody

Rui Pinto is now under house arrest, still banned from the Internet, and awaiting trial. Extradited from Hungary in March 2019 for alleged attempts of blackmailing an investment fund, Pinto is currently facing 90 allegations of criminal offense in Portugal. Pinto had previously published evidence of corruption and tax evasion that have since lead to investigations both in and outside the world of football.

Sports • Soccer
2020-04-09T03:53:37+00:00
Real Madrid players agreed to 10-20% pay cut amid coronavirus pandemic

Real Madrid's soccer players, coaches and "main directors" agreed on a pay cut between 10-20% this year to help the club mitigate a decrease in income "as a result of the suspension of competitions and the paralysis of a large part of its commercial activities". Madrid's basketball team also agreed on a voluntary pay cut.

Sports
2020-04-01T15:18:45+00:00
UEFA supends Champions League and Europa League "until further notice"

All Champions League and Europa League matches have been suspended "until further notice" by Uefa because of the global coronavirus pandemic. All national team games scheduled for June have also been postponed, including play-off matches for Euro 2020, which has been moved to 2021, and qualifying matches for the Women's Euro 2021.

Sports
2020-03-30T21:02:43+00:00
Juventus players agree to take pay reduction of €90 million

Juventus on Saturday announced that they reached an agreement to cut their players’ and coach Maurizio Sarri’s monthly payments of March, April, May, and June 2020.
This agreement that will save the club €90 million was brokered by the defender Giorgio Chiellini with Cristiano Ronaldo agreeing to sacrifice €3.8 million.
The club stated "Should the current season's matches be rescheduled; the Club will negotiate in good faith with the players and the coach conditional increases of compensation according to the actual resumption and finalization of official competitions,"

Sports
2020-03-26T13:23:47+00:00
German Champions League clubs spend €20 million to help Bundesliga clubs

In what the Deutsche Fußball Liga, the association responsible for professional football in Germany, calls an "act of solidarity" Champions League clubs FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig will provide a combined €20 million with the goal to support other Bundesliga clubs that will suffer financially from coronavirus effects. "We have always said that we will show solidarity when clubs, through no fault of their own, get into an imbalance as a result of this absolutely exceptional situation that they can no longer control on their own", Dortmund Chairman of the Board Hans-Joachim Watzke said in a joint statement.

Sports
2020-03-25T22:55:45+00:00
Brazilian soccer stadiums converted into hospitals

Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã and São Paulo's Pacaembu stadiums are being converted into field hospitals to increase the number of available beds to tackle the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

Sports
2020-03-25T22:16:33+00:00
German soccer players to take pay cut during the coronavirus crisis

As the Bundesliga season has no games since March 8th, players from Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and 1 FC Union Berlin decided to take a pay cut in order to help their club employees.
Monchengladbach players were the first to have voluntarily offered to sacrifice part of their salary, being followed by Union, Bayern and now Dortmund.

Sports
2020-03-25T08:58:02+00:00
Manchester City Pro Guardiola donates €1m to help in Coronavirus fight

Pep Guardiola, manager of the English Premier League soccer team Manchester City, has donated €1 million ($1.08m) of his own money to aid medical efforts in the fight against Covid-19. From his home in Barcelona, Guardiola and his lawyers committed the money to the Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation.