George Floyd death: No action against Jadon Sancho for supportive message

The German FA will not take action against Jadon Sancho and other Bundesliga players who displayed anti-racism messages following the death of George Floyd.

Dortmund and England winger Sancho, along with Marcus Thuram, Achraf Hakimi and Weston McKennie all could have faced sanctions for their reactions to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

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Sancho showed a T-shirt with the message “justice for George Floyd” after scoring for Dortmund, while Thuram knelt after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach and Schalke’s McKennie wore an armband with “justice for George” on it.

Sancho was shown a yellow card which will not be annulled as it was given for him removing his shirt.

Floyd died on May 25 after a white police officer, who has since been charged with his murder, held him down by pressing a knee into his neck.

“The committee also wants to maintain this line in the event of renewed anti-racism campaigns on the occasion of the violent death of George Floyd on the coming match days,” read a DFB statement.

“I expressly welcome the far-sighted decision of the DFB Control Committee and am very happy about it,” said DFB President Fritz Keller in the message.

“The association strongly opposes any form of racism, which is why the actions of the players have our respect and understanding.”

FIFA tells FAs to use common sense over protests

FIFA has urged competition organisers to use “common sense” when considering whether to punish players for protesting against the death of Floyd during matches.

The Football Association in England has promised to take a “common-sense approach” to players involved in gestures or behaviour promoting the anti-discrimination message.

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Barcelona to complete striker transfer in next 27 days after January purchase agreement

Barcelona are set to complete the signing of Sao Paulo teenager Gustavo Maia, according to the player’s agent. The Catalan giants are ready to trigger their £3.1million purchase option for the talented centre-forward.

Maia drew admiring glances from Barcelona, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid after his displays in the Sao Youth Football Cup in January.

But the Spanish heavyweights acted promptly and quickly negotiated a first-option clause for the teenager that cost them roughly £880,000.

However, Barcelona have until June 30 to pay the additional £3.1million to sign Maia permanently otherwise Sao Paulo can keep the money and negotiate with other clubs.

“We’ve only negotiated a first-option clause. If Barcelona opt not to exercise it until after June 30, then the money will remain with us,” Sao Paulo’s sporting director Alexandre Passaro told ESPN.

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And Maia’s agent, Danilo Silva, is confident Barcelona will exercise their option in the next 27 days.

“We are sure Barcelona will complete the purchase,” he told Radio Transamerica.

“There was already a signal from the club and Maia started private Spanish lessons to get more prepared.

“Other clubs came to us in the last few months but he never had any doubt, he always wanted Barcelona.”


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Despite the confidence from agent Silva, Sao Paulo director Passaro says he’s still not received any official confirmation from the Spanish champions.

“Whether he will go to Barcelona or not, we can’t be sure, because they have until June 30 to notify us and they still haven’t,” said Passaro.

“The last time I spoke to them they said everything is very uncertain.

“La Liga set the restart of games for June 11. Who knows, they may give us a signal in the next 30 days to find out whether Maia is going or not.”

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Barcelona could offer six players to Inter Milan in Lautaro Martinez transfer package

Barcelona have up to six players they could offer to Inter Milan as a sweetener in a deal for Lautaro Martinez. The forward is Barca’s primary target ahead of the upcoming transfer window and the club are working around the clock to give themselves the best chance of landing him.

They have already sat down with Inter several times for discussions but are yet to make the breakthrough.

That’s because Inter do not want to sell their star man, and do not feel under any pressure to let him leave.

According to Mundo Deportivo though, Barcelona have up to six players up their sleeve to offer Inter in a bid to change their mind.

First of all, Jean-Clair Todibo is one player they could put on the table.

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The defender who was signed from Toulouse is on loan at Schalke and is attracting plenty of interest from the Premier League.

Arturo Vidal could also move to the San Siro and he is already of interest to Antonio Conte.

He played under the Italian during his Juventus days and could reunite with his former boss given his lack of game time in Catalonia.

Nelson Semedo is also of interest to Inter and would represent large value in the deal.


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Junior Firpo is reportedly of interest to Inter and is one of the players they have discussed in talks with Barca.

Moussa Wague is also blossoming well during time on loan at Nice.

Last of all, Rafinha looks set to leave Barcelona this summer.

He is currently on loan at Celta but is the perfect makeweight for the La Liga giants.

The Spaniard previously spent time on loan at Inter, where he did not make the best impression.

Conte has shown a tendency to get the best from struggling players during his time Inter, so Rafinha could still be a viable option.

Earlier this week, Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio warned Barcelona off Martinez.

“As far as Martinez is concerned, there is only one way that he will leave Inter and that is by paying his clause,” Ausilio told Sky Italia.

“A clause that everyone knows – there is no point in hiding – is demanding, because it has both deadlines and commitments that must be kept very precise.

“It is a clause that expires in the early part of July so it won’t last for a long time.

“And it is the only possibility that exists to take Lautaro away from Inter today.”


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Inter simply will not let Martinez leave unless his £97million release clause is met.

“Many clubs have contacted us to address the Lautaro theme,” Ausilio added.

“Among these, the most determined one, with whom we have a friendly and cordial relationship, is Barcelona. I don’t hide this.

“And I know that Barcelona knows perfectly well what our intentions are. Inter have no intention of selling Lautaro Martinez. Then, I repeat there is a clause.”

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Nemanja Matic caught mocking Bruno Fernandes in Manchester United training

Manchester United players appear in good spirits as they prepare to return to full training and a video has emerged which shows Nemanja Matic trolling Bruno Fernandes over his previous club, Sporting, while they worked together on their fitness.

The pair were joined by Paul Pogba and Angel Gomes for their lightwork session on Tuesday, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad having to split up into smaller groups to adhere to social distancing rules amid the coronavirus crisis.

It was the first time Pogba and Fernandes had ever trained together and supporters were understandably delighted to see their two superstar midfielders enjoying each other’s company as they linked up at United’s training base.

And it seems another bromance is brewing in the shape of Matic and Fernandes who were caught exchanging in some humorous trash talk while working out on exercise bikes at Carrington.

Matic, peddling away at a two-metre distance, used their separation to poke fun at Fernandes and the Portuguese’s former team.

‘There is always a distance between Benfica and Sporting,’ Matic, who spent three years with Sporting’s rivals Benfica, joked.

Fernandes could only laugh and had no comeback for Matic, with Sporting (4th) trailing Benfica (2nd) by 17 points in the Primeira Liga table this season.

‘Everyone has clearly got a high level of fitness, which shows how dedicated and professional we’ve all been during lockdown. I’ve been running with Jamo [Daniel James] a lot – he was in my group to start with, and he looked really sharp. 

‘On Tuesday we saw the group of Paul, Bruno, Angel and Nemanja, and those four are looking very strong and very good. There was a lot of competition and shouting going on in that group. It’s clear that everyone’s still got that winning desire, even in training. We’ve missed that.

‘At first we were in groups of four, with the players picked at random. It had nothing to do with positions, it was just totally randomised, given a time slot and we all did the same sort of training. It was physically hard going, then some ball work to get us used to the work again and of course some running.

‘The last few days now have been more position-specific. It’s still a set number of people in your group, but a bit more focus on working on your position, so obviously full-backs and centre-backs doing ball work together in my case.’

Shaw claims United players are ‘very excited’ about the prospect of the Premier League season restarting, with clubs meeting on Thursday for further talks.

‘It’s been great to have the ball at my feet again, but to be honest every aspect of it has been enjoyable,’ the England international added.

‘Just getting back to training, being back on our own pitches, being in our own training kit… it feels like things are moving forward.

‘We all missed the ball a lot, but I think it’s more that we missed being together. Everyone’s here now, even the lads who have been out injured for a long time, and it feels great.

‘Now obviously we’re waiting for the clubs to have their meeting and hopefully bring us good news about a return to full training. That’s what we’re all looking forward to. We’re all very excited and hoping that the meeting goes smoothly.

‘I think everyone feels really safe at our training ground because the club has gone to huge lengths to make it that way, and everything has been followed to the letter.

‘We’re even more excited because we feel ready and confident for the season to restart.’

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Premier League's crunch broadcast meeting… what's on the agenda?

Premier League holds its crunch broadcast meeting with a hefty £330m rebate bill (and that’s a minimum!) and access for TV companies to enhance coverage on the agenda – and just how many games will fans be able to watch from their own homes?

  • The Premier League is enduring its most crucial week ahead of Project Restart
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  • It is anticipated that a discussion on the likely rebate to broadcasters will be held
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Project Restart faces its most crucial week yet as the Premier League desperately attempts to get the show back on the road again by mid-June.

The football season was decimated in early March due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and it is expected to have significant detrimental effects going forward for every club across Europe.

While the main priority remains getting football back safely in England, plenty of other issues need to be resolved as soon as possible.

This week, the Premier League are looking to approve a series of new measures and issues – like a rebate to domestic and overseas broadcasters. And that is exactly what they will be doing on Thursday.

Ahead of Thursday’s crunch meeting, Sportsmail takes a closer look at what exactly will be on the agenda regarding broadcasting issues…

The Premier League are looking to finalise details to restart the season again by mid-June


Premier League clubs are facing a chunky bill of £330million, which is due to broadcasters even if the 2019-20 campaign is completed after subscribers have been lost during the pandemic. But that’s not where it stops.

All 20 English top-flight clubs will have to pay back an extra £36million to the relevant broadcasters every week the season stretches beyond its official end date of July 16.

It is understood that there is anger at these plans, and concerns there could be job losses across the division as a result. 

While this appears an intimidating fee, it is essential that the Premier League campaign finishes.

If the season is scrapped altogether with no more more matches played, then Sky Sports, BT Sport and international broadcasters are owed a staggering rebate of £762m.

According to the Telegraph, full details of the financial rebate models are expected to be presented to the 20 clubs during Thursday’s conference call. 

There were high hopes that the Premier League would eventually resume again on June 12, but June 19 is now expected to be the earliest restart date, meaning it is likely to have cost clubs £36m already.

Premier League clubs face a £330m rebate from broadcasters even if the season is completed


Premier League clubs reportedly do not want to pay the £330m fee upfront amid the financial fall-out of the coronavirus crisis.

Therefore, clubs will ask for the money owed to the TV companies to be paid over five years to limit the impact of the pandemic on football.

The Telegraph reports that the 20 chief executives of the Premier League clubs would want to negotiate a deal where the £16.5m – which is owed by each outfit – could be paid in installments over five years.

Furthermore, with the next cycle of TV rights coming into play in 2022, the rebate could potentially come out of the next deal to help clubs negotiate their cash-flow problems in the post-coronavirus football landscape.

Clubs, especially the lesser sides in the Premier League, fear that offloading the money over a period of five years would soften the blow of the harsh new financial reality.


There is an argument among broadcasters that they have lost a huge number of subscribers during this unprecedented period, who may not return once the Premier League campaign gets underway again.

Furthermore, Sky, BT Sport and Co are set to be challenged with a different product to what they originally paid for when Project Restart is finalised.

Without fans inside stadiums, the experience will not be the same for consumers, which could have a detrimental effect for broadcasters.

Sky Sports and BT Sport have lost out on Premier League action for the last three months


After losing at least three months of live sport during the shutdown, Sky and BT have made a series of demands in the hope of enhancing their coverage.

When the season does eventually resume, games will be played behind closed doors so it is imperative that customers can enjoy the best possible experience while watching matches from their comfort of their own homes.

Sportsmail recently reported that the broadcasters have asked for a camera to be placed in the dressing room, an audio feed from the technical area which can be broadcast live, and a camera in the tunnel.

Furthermore, they want half-time interviews with managers or players from both teams. 

The Premier League have indicated their intention to offer additional content and greater access to broadcasters to make up for the loss of matches during the lockdown.

According to the Telegraph, there was an acceptance recently that there was quite a ‘sterile’ atmosphere at the Bundesliga matches played behind closed doors.

Other ideas are being considered among the Premier League as to the best ways to deal with the absence of supporters within stadiums. These include adding artificial fan noise. 

Matches will be played behind closed doors when the Premier League eventually resumes


On Thursday, the Premier League are set to discuss the distribution of the remaining 92 matches – with 45 of them having not initially been selected for broadcast.

And according to the Mirror, Premier League supporters will be treated to a ‘TV bonanza’ when Project Restart kicks off next month.   

With armchair fans starved of live football since Leicester’s victory over Aston Villa on March 9, England’s top flight is reportedly planning weekends of wall-to-wall coverage.

Sky Sports and BT Sport have live rights to 47 games and remaining 45 will be further shared

It could reportedly see all 10 games over a matchweek put on live television, with five shown back-to-back on Saturday and another five on the Sunday.

Games would start every two hours from 12pm, with further kick-offs at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm.

The bulk of the remaining 92 games will take place over weekends, but there is believed to be a push from broadcasters to show some games in midweek.

That would see a Champions League style format take over with kick-offs at 6pm and 8pm.

Sky and BT Sport have the live rights to 47 games and the remaining 45 – that were originally not chosen for broadcast – will be further shared. Sky would get 32, BT eight and five would go to Amazon and the BBC.

Sky Sports customers who ‘paused’ their monthly subscription because of the pandemic are set to be billed again from June 19, according to reports. 

There could be a TV bonanza for Premier League supporters when it gets given the green light

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Bayern Munich's Kimmich believes Dortmund will struggle to close gap

‘It’ll be tough for them mentally now’: Joshua Kimmich believes Borussia Dortmund will struggle to overturn Bayern Munich’s seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table and labels winner ‘the best of his career’

  • The Germany international exquisitely chipped in the only goal of the game 
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Joshua Kimmich believes Borussia Dortmund will struggle to overturn Bayern Munich’s seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table after their 1-0 defeat to the Bavarians.

The Germany international exquisitely chipped in the only goal of the game two minutes before the break to give Hansi Flick’s men all three points at Signal Iduna Park.

And Kimmich revealed post-match that advice on Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki’s positioning led him to score what he described as ‘the best goal’ of his career. 

Joshua Kimmich believes Borussia Dortmund will struggle to recover after losing to his side

Kimmich chipped in the only goal of the game as Bayern Munich won at Signal Iduna Park

‘We were told before the game that Bürki often stands off his line,’ Kimmich told

‘That was the best goal of my career – it was so important. We have a good lead over Dortmund. It’ll be tough for them mentally now.’ 

Thomas Muller also revealed post-match that Bayern had deliberately tried to expose that chink in Dortmund’s armour.

Muller told Viaplay Fotball: ‘Joshua did this chip. I think it was a long hang time of the ball but I had a good feeling from the first moment.

The result took Bayern seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table with six to play

‘Roman Burki is a great goalkeeper, but one of his strengths is that he’s maybe one or two steps outside of his goal because maybe he [doesn’t have] the longest arms, so with this one or two steps in front he tried to have a better angle and Joshua saw that and it was a beautiful goal.’

Bayern’s victory provided them with a major boost in their quest to win an eight successive title with just six games of the Bundesliga season remaining.

The game wasn’t without controversy, with VAR surprisingly not consulted to check whether Bayern defender Jerome Boateng handled the ball while attempting to block Erling Haaland’s shot. 

Bayern are back in action on Saturday when they host Dusseldorf, and they will be full of confidence going into the remaining games of the season.

The result means Bayern Munich are now well on course for an eight straight Bundesliga title

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Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund show best and worst sides ahead of Tuesday’s Klassiker – Bundesliga Hits and Misses

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both showed their best and worst sides this weekend ahead of Tuesday night’s Klassiker.

Dortmund are more than just Haaland

You’ll probably be surprised to hear that Erling Haaland had a quiet game against Wolfsburg. Yes, he made the runs and you could not fault his work rate, but for someone who has set the Bundesliga alight with 10 goals and three assists since January, he did not live up to his own billing on Saturday.

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But this gave Dortmund the chance to prove they are more than just their 19-year-old superstar and other players were able to show what they can contribute.

Achraf Hakimi, Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt linked up superbly well, especially in the first half. It was the trio that strung a mesmerising series of passes together to help set up the first goal for Raphael Guerreiro, who also used his own skills and tricks to impress.

The trio linked up again just before the break when it appeared Dortmund would nab a quick second, but Hazard couldn’t quite get his finish right. He did come away with an assist for the first goal though, and enjoyed a good day’s work nonetheless. Real Madrid loanee Hakimi also deserved his goal – assisted by substitute Jadon Sancho – with a thunderous strike into the bottom corner.

Of course, it must be pointed out that Haaland was in and around both goals – uncharacteristically slipping over in the middle for the first and waiting on the left-hand side for the second after a brilliant supporting run – but it was his team-mates who shone at the Volkswagen Arena and proved that football really is a team sport.
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Bayern show lethal touch

Last weekend’s Bundesliga return saw Bayern Munich rack up their 50th goal of Hans Flick’s short tenure in just his 16th game at the helm. That was already the fastest that milestone has been reached under any head coach in Bundesliga history, and the league leaders continued their charge towards 100 goals with another five against Frankfurt on Saturday.

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True, few backlines will be so generous to tee-up Alphonso Davies for an open goal, and even begin scoring for Bayern by the end of the 90 minutes. Realistically though, it could have been eight or nine for the relentless hosts, who now only need to score nine goals in their final seven games to better their tally from last season – and you’d bet your house they will.

The fact five different scorers found their way onto the scoresheet too, albeit one of them Frankfurt defender Martin Hinteregger, will please Flick no end. His star striker Robert Lewandowski moved level with Ciro Immobile as the top scorer across Europe’s top-five leagues with his goal against Frankfurt, but having scorers across the pitch puts Bayern in an enviable position ahead of Tuesday’s Klassiker.
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Dortmund must be better for Bayern

Dortmund face a much sterner test on Tuesday evening when they host league leaders Bayern – and they will need to put in a far better performance than the one against Wolfsburg.

Despite winning 2-0 against 10 men, it was anything but a cruising performance, particularly in the second half. For the first half an hour after the restart, Dortmund barely had a look in and were only saved by some poor Wolfsburg finishing and a sensational save from Roman Burki.

A lot of their problems came down to the substitution of Mats Hummels at half-time, possibly to keep him fresh for Bayern in midweek. Dortmund missed the experienced defender almost immediately as Renato Steffen blazed over from close range and their defence looked to be struggling without his leadership.

They soon steadied the ship and went on to win the game with another goal, but it’s no disrespect to say Bayern will give Dortmund many more problems than Wolfsburg did. Lucien Favre’s team need to put in their best performance and barely got out of third gear at the weekend. They will want to avoid another 4-0 Bundesliga thrashing if they have any realistic chance of beating Bayern to the title this season.
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…And Bayern must be better for Dortmund

For about 85 minutes, Bayern were scintillating against Frankfurt. They did not let up, they did not take their foot off the gas. But for the five minutes they did, they were nearly embarrassed.

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Mario Gotze to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer at end of contract

Mario Gotze will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of his contract this summer, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.

The 2014 World Cup-winner returned to Dortmund in 2016 for £20m, having left to join rivals Bayern Munich three years earlier, but he will now be available on a free transfer.

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Gotze has struggled to secure a regular starting place in the Dortmund team this season under head coach Lucien Favre, scoring three goals in 20 appearances in all competitions.

“We will part ways with Mario Gotze this summer,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told Sky Germany.

“It was a mutual and respectful decision. Mario is a great man.”

Gotze, who initially emerged into the first-team at Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp, has faced competition from Julian Brandt after his fellow Germany international joined from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.

The 27-year-old has started just five Bundesliga matches this season and only came on in the 87th minute of last week’s 4-0 derby win over Schalke, Dortmund’s first match since the competition restarted after a two-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Borussia Dortmund to sell ‘big player’ as Jadon Sancho exit predicted among Man Utd links

Borussia Dortmund are likely to sell “one big player” in the next transfer window, according to German football expert Raphael Honigstein. Jadon Sancho is a key target for Manchester United and it is the England winger who Honigstein expects to leave Dortmund.

Sancho has had a fine season in the Bundesliga, scoring 14 goals and contributing 16 assists.

Julian Brandt starred in Sancho’s absence in the 4-0 win over Schalke last weekend.

Asked if Dortmund will keep hold of Brandt, Honigstein responded by claiming he expects the 24-year-old to stay but Sancho to leave.

“Yeah, I mean Dortmund might sell one big player,” Honigstein said on BT Sport.

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“I think that big player might be Jadon Sancho though.”

Sancho was once again on the bench for the trip to Wolfsburg on Saturday, coming on as a 65th minute substitute in place of Brandt, taking just 13 minutes to lay on an assist for Achraf Hakimi.

And former Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves claims Sancho was being saved for the top-of-the-table clash against his old team this Tuesday.

“You would think so,” Hargreaves said.

“I’m sure Jadon would love to play but maybe he’s carrying a little bit of an injury as well.

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“But that Tuesday game is so important. If they can win today and find a way to beat Bayern Munich, the title race could be turning.

“So I think they believe that they can get a result and I think Jadon Sancho, if he was fit he would have played today, but Tuesday is such an important game for them.”

Meanwhile, former Norway striker Jan Age Fjortoft expects Sancho’s Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland to play in the Premier League one day.

“Right from the start, when I saw him score four for Molde against Bergen, I could see he had unbelievable movement and the eye of the tiger, a real hunger for goals,” Fjortoft wrote in his column for The Sun.

“Juventus offered him a fantastic contract and there were lots of other clubs mentioned, but he chose Salzburg for his next stage.


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“I saw him playing for them at Anfield in the Champions League. He came on as a sub and scored, but what I also saw was sensational movement.

“I ended up just watching him because of the way he created chances for himself and for his movement into space. He could have been one-on-one with the keeper three or four times if the passes had matched his runs.

“People see his goals, strength and enormous speed but what I noticed was how wise he is in creating space for himself.

“There’s one other thing. He was born in Leeds and his father played for two Premier League clubs, so he will end up in England one day.”

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German football chief Fritz Keller proposes salary caps to help sport through coronavirus pandemic

The head of the German Football Association (DFB) Fritz Keller has proposed a salary cap to help make the sport more sustainable following the coronavirus pandemic.

Germany’s top two divisions restarted on Saturday with the Bundesliga becoming the first major European football league to resume after a continent-wide stoppage due to the coronavirus.

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But DFB president Keller believes the global health crisis is a chance for football to adopt a salary cap system.

“We must bring professional football closer to the people again,” he told the federation’s website. “We have to think about a salary cap.

“Commissions for player advisors and huge transfer sums are increasingly irritating society and alienate it from our beloved sport.

“[The coronavirus crisis] offers the opportunity to look ahead and to reposition football in order to preserve it for future generations.”

Keller also feels football’s coronavirus testing capacity could help society in general after thorough testing of players and staff saw Germany’s top two tiers successfully get back underway at the weekend.

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