In this file photo taken on April 28, 2010 Inter Milan's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho jubilates after winning the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Barcelona vs Inter Milan at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.

London: Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho feels football should be restarted soon as possible as it will be a 'public service' to millions of people around the world. Due to coronavirus pandemic, leagues across the world have either been suspended or pushed back for the time being.

Mourinho said that whilst he wants football to resume soon, he agrees that matches should only be played after health authorities give a green signal.


Paris:  footballers in France's top flight will return to their clubs the week starting May 11 to undergo "full medical checkups" with a view to restarting Ligue 1 in June pending government clearance, the French league (LFP) has said.

The LFP board met to review the main points of a draft document on medical and health protocols presented by the league's representative for club doctors, it said in a statement.


Kibu Vicuna

Kochi: Indian Super League (ISL) side Kerala Blasters on Wednesday announced the appointment of Mohun Bagan's I-League winning coach Kibu Vicuna as their head coach for the upcoming season.

The club parted ways with Dutchman Eelco Schattorie whose one year contract with the club came to an end.

Vicuna oversaw I-League heavyweights Mohun Bagan win the title with four rounds to spare. The league was suspended midway due to the COVID-19 pandemic and later had to be called off with Mohun Bagan declared champions.


Madrid: The Spanish Football Association (RFEF) has made it clear that if the current La Liga season is cut short or abandoned due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the four teams on top of the most recent completed round of standings will qualify for next seasons Champions League.


Kozhikode: Gokulam Kerala FC have started online webinar football training for kids during lockdown. This is the first time, an I-League club is giving online coaching sessions to kids during lockdown.

The programme that started on April 15 in association with Impulse, a sports start-up from Thiruvananthapuram, has already received good response from football-loving children across the state.


New Delhi: All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel on Friday said that the federation and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) is working with football's global governing body FIFA to come up with an earliest possible timeline to host the U-17 Women's World Cup.

The tournament was earlier postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Barcelona: Six FC Barcelona board members have stepped down and told President Josep Maria Bartomeu they are not pleased at how the club is being managed.

According to a BBC report, the six board members expressed their concern over the financial implications in a joint letter amid the coronavirus crisis.

"We have arrived at this point because we cannot reverse the way the club is managed in the face of important challenges in the future, especially in the post-pandemic era," the six said in their letter as quoted by BBC.


New Delhi: The FIFA U-17 Womens World Cup, scheduled to be played in November in India, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

FIFA has announced that it took the decision after FIFA-Confederations working group, which was recently established by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, recommended for the same.


Montevideo: Uruguay star Luis Suarez complained that he has been "hurt" by criticism of him and fellow millionaire Barcelona players for the time it took to agree to pay cuts to help out other club employees.

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi announced on Monday that Barca's players had agreed to a 70 percent pay cut and to make contributions to ensure the club's non-playing staff could be paid in full during the state of alarm in Spain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


London: Spanish soccer giants FC Barcelona could part ways with Antoine Griezmann in order to bring back Neymar from Paris Saint Germain, according to a Sky Sports report.

Barelona have long wanted to bring Brazil forward back into their fold after he left them to join French heavyweights PSG in 2018.

PSG value Neymar at €150m while Barca value Griezmann at €100m, says the report as quoted by ESPNFC.