Infantino calls for patience on fans returning to games

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike FIFA president Gianni Infantino is not expecting a quick return to stadiums for football fans even as the coronavirus crisis eases.“Let’s not forget that there needs always to be a place for fans,” the head of the sport’s world governing body said in a video message to FIFA’s 211 member-nations. “Football without spectators is clearly not the same, but we need to be patient when considering the right time to bring fans back to the stadiums.“We will continue to work tirelessly, but also discreetly and respectfully, to move beyond these temporary measures, and to ensure that fans are welcomed back in a safe and responsible way.”The German Bundesliga has returned behind closed doors with leagues in Italy, Spain and England soon following suit.Limited numbers of fans have already started returning to matches in Hungary.Infantino said FIFA would host a number of online discussions with national federations and stakeholders “to shape a better football for the future.” The international calendar and the number of matches played by top players will be on the agenda.And Infantino also said he had heard “interesting proposals’’ on finance and governance from “salary caps to transfer fee caps or other taxation mechanisms’’ and the creation of emergency funds.dpa/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusFIFAgianni infantinolast_img read more

Curry’s moon theory leaves NASA baffled

first_img0Shares0000Stephen Curry has questioned whether the moon landings were real © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Kevin C. CoxLOS ANGELES, United States, Dec 11 – Golden State Warriors ace Stephen Curry is no stranger to the occasional moon shot.But the NBA star’s suggestion that the lunar landings may have been an elaborate hoax has left NASA puzzled. Curry raised eyebrows on Monday when he became the latest basketball player to advance a conspiracy theory, echoing Kyrie Irving’s assertion in 2017 that the Earth was flat.Speaking on “The Winging It” podcast, Curry said he had doubts about whether NASA had actually put a man on the Moon in 1969.“We ever been to the moon?” Curry asked on the podcast, before several fellow guests replied: “Nope.”“They’re going to come get us,” Curry added after advancing the theory.“Sorry, I don’t want to start conspiracies,” he added.Curry’s remarks drew a bemused response from a NASA spokesman, who invited the two-time NBA MVP to a tour of the agency’s facilities.“We’d love for Mr Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets,” NASA spokesman Allard Beutel told The New York Times.“We have hundreds of pounds of moon rocks stored there, and the Apollo mission control. During his visit, he can see firsthand what we did 50 years ago, as well as what we’re doing now to go back to the moon in the coming years, but this time to stay.”Retired US astronaut Scott Kelly, a veteran of four space flights and former commander of the International Space Station, meanwhile weighed in on Twitter.“Steph, so much respect for you, but re the moon landing thing, let’s talk,” Kelly wrote. “DM me.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more