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West Ham have eight players in self-isolation after showing mild symptoms of the coronavirus, according to the club’s vice-chairwoman Karren Brady.

The Hammers are the latest Premier League club to be hit by the pandemic.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi – both now recovered – and several unnamed Leicester players tested positive for the virus.

“I am relieved to say they are all showing mild symptoms and, along with their families, seem to be well,” Brady told The Sun newspaper on Saturday.

“But it is no more than a handshake, sneeze or cough away from any of us, so no one should be complacent.”

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West Ham’s players are training at home and the club hopes to resume regular sessions at its base when Britain’s lockdown period ends on April 13.

The Premier League season is suspended until at least April 30, with reports suggesting there will be a further delay or even cancellation of the remaining fixtures.

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But Brady hopes the domestic season can resume and reach a conclusion, even if games have to be played behind closed doors until July.

“When we – all Prem clubs – last spoke, we agreed to get going again as soon as possible,” Brady said.

“And that games will run into July, if required, to get this campaign finished. This is the plan. This is what we want to deliver.

“It may be games have to be played behind closed doors, which no one wants – especially the players and fans.

“But we hope it might just be possible to go ahead once the sharp graph of it bottoms out.”

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Qatar completes third World Cup stadium

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Qatar announced the completion of its third stadium for the 2022 World Cup, state media reported late Thursday, as the emirate prepared to mark three years of a regional feud.

Education City stadium had been due to host the semi-final of the Club World Cup on December 18, but its opening was postponed because of delays to certification.

“The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and the Qatar Foundation announce the completion of the preparations for the third Fifa World Cup 2022 stadium, located in Education City,” the state-run Qatar News Agency reported.

The Education City ground, named for the surrounding university and research campuses, will host fixtures through to the quarter-finals.

After the tournament, half of its 40,000 seats will be donated to build stadiums in developing countries.

Two and a half years before the World Cup kicks off, Qatar has already launched the brand new 40,000-capacity Al-Janoub stadium and the refurbished Khalifa International ground.

Five new stadiums remain under construction.

Friday marked the third anniversary of a Saudi-led effort to isolate Qatar over claims it supports radical Islamist movements and is too close to Iran. Doha denies the claims.

On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia along with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut diplomatic ties, closed their airspace and borders to Qatar and severed economic links.

Despite several signs of reconciliation, including Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain participating in a regional football tournament in Doha last year, the dispute remains deadlocked.

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NGIGE: Bundesliga a good example for Europe’s Big Five

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By JANE NGIGE

The successful return of Bundesliga has set the ball rolling for several leagues to resume behind closed doors. With several matches played so far, German top tier clubs have proven that sport can still go on even with the pandemic.

Could this be something the Kenya Premier League could borrow for its own restart?

In Spain, the government’s department for sport has announced La Liga will resume on June 8, following an agreement between the league’s management body and Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF).

La Liga president Javier Tebas has stated that it is only important when the season come to an end although they can only be able to congratulate themselves when they commence the following season on the 12th of September 2020

The English Premier League is also on course to resume on June 17 and organisers are keen to complete the remaining fixtures by working closely with clubs to ensure risks are minimised in order to avoid compromising their home advantage.

Bundesliga has indeed shown sports can still be enjoyed by fans globally at the comfort of their homes amid the coronavirus chaos. Players have expressed excitement over the resumption but miss having fans in the stadiums. Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Ghanaian forward Bernard Tekpetey is unhappy by the absence of fans saying the motivation that comes from fans cheering is lacking.

The players have also supported the worldwide Black Lives Matter Movement by displaying anti-racism messages following the death of George Floyd – a black American who died in the hands of a white policeman – a week ago. Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho, Marcus Thuram, Achraf Hakimi and Weston McKennie could have all faced sanctions for their reactions to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

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But German FA have said they will not take action against Sancho and other players who displayed anti-racism messages. Sancho, who displayed a t-shirt with the message “Justice for George Floyd” after scoring for Dortmund, was shown a yellow card which will not be annulled since he was penalized for removing his shirt. Thuram knelt on one knee after scoring for Borussia Moenchengladbach while Schalke’s McKennie wore an armband with the words “justice for George” on it.

This Saturday NTV courtesy of StarTimes, will air the match pitting Fortuna Dusseldorf against Hoffenheim at 4:30pm live from Markup Spiel Arena.

Other Round 30 fixtures will see RB Leipzig host Paderborn, while Bayer Leverkusen take on leaders Bayern Munich. In the late kick-off, Dortmund will play Hertha Berlin.

FIXTURES (all times EAT)

Friday

Freiburg v Borussia Moenchengladbach (2130)

Saturday

RB Leipzig v Paderborn, Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt v Mainz, Fortuna Dusseldorf v Hoffenheim (all 1630), Borussia Dortmund v Hertha Berlin (1930)

Sunday

Werder Bremen v Wolfsburg (1430), Union Berlin v Schalke (1630), Augsburg v Cologne (1900)

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ODM Protests Arrest of Nairobi County Assembly Minority Whip Terms It Political

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