Football

Man City offer Etihad Stadium to NHS during coronavirus pandemic

Manchester City have offered use of their Etihad Stadium to the NHS during the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

With Premier League football postponed until the end of April at the earliest, the Etihad is currently empty and the club will make executive boxes and conference rooms available to the health service, who will use the space to train doctors and nurses during the crisis. The stadium, however, is not thought to be earmarked to treat patients, with a temporary hospital set to be set up at the Manchester Central Convention Complex.

Sportradar launches simulation product to finish football season

Sportradar has announced the launch of a new product, Simulated Reality, which will allow fans the chance to ‘complete the current football season’.

The AI-driven product, which will launch on Friday 3rd April, will cover the top-tier football leagues from England, Germany and Spain and will see all of the remaining fixtures scheduled to be played as per their original date and kick-off time. 

Four Bundesliga clubs to create solidarity fund for German teams

The four Bundesliga clubs who have competed in the 2019/20 Champions League, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen, will create a €20m solidarity fund for German football clubs

In a bid to help those clubs further down the leagues, the four clubs will initially forego their share of the national media revenue from the German Football League (DFL) next season when that money is distributed. 

Manchester United and Manchester City join to help local foodbanks

Manchester City and Manchester United have joined together to reprise their A City United campaign and to donate £100,000 to help foodbanks in Greater Manchester.

In order to help those organisations meet increased demand from vulnerable people as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the clubs will collaborate, while a similar agreement is in place between the MCFC and MUFC Fans’ Foodbanks organisations, who will launch a fundraising appeal. 

The two clubs collaborated in a similar solidarity campaign in 2017 in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing.

FA Partners with Women's Sports Group over FAWSL media rights

The FA has appointed Women’s Sports Group to exclusively consult on the distribution of UK media rights for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

The new round of media rights sales will be for the 2021/22 season onwards, and will include all FA-controlled women’s club and national team fixtures. The cycle comes at a time when women’s football exposure as well as participation levels are increasing. 

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