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As sectors of Nigerian economy gradually reopen, the federal government has reacted to plans to resume football and sporting activities.

Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Friday disclosed that the Federal Government is not interested in resumption of the Nigerian football league since gathering of over 20 people is still prohibited.

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been suspended since March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Mustapha says the reopening of sporting activities will have to be delayed till a later time.

“I’m not sure we are excited about opening sporting activities in Nigeria especially football which attracts large crowds.

According to him, there would be no excitement if soccer is allowed to return to an empty stadium.

“A lot of European countries where football have resumed are big businesses and they are doing it carefully and gradually.

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“We will get there but not now, we are only concerned with the few activities allowed to reopen this phase,” Mustapha added.

He, however, assured that the COVID-19 team will continue to review the situation, and know what next to do based on data, science and environment.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Champions League: UEFA reacts as CAS overturns Man City’s ban

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UEFA has reacted to the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), to overturn Manchester City’s two-year ban from European competitions.

The ruling means City will play in the Champions League next season.

The former English champions have also had their fine reduced from £25million to £8.9million.

City had been banned by UEFA for breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, but have had the decision overturned by CAS.

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However, a statement from European football’s governing body on Monday, showed they were not happy with what they see as many of City’s alleged breaches being “time-barred.”

“UEFA notes that the CAS panel found that there was insufficient conclusive evidence to uphold all of the CFCB’s conclusions in this specific case and that many of the alleged breaches were time-barred due to the 5 year time period foreseen in the UEFA regulations.

“Over the last few years, Financial Fair Play has played a significant role in protecting clubs and helping them become financially sustainable and UEFA and ECA remain committed to its principles,” part of UEFA’s statement read.

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Champions League: What CAS verdict on Man City’s ban means for Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal

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On Monday morning, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), overturned Manchester City’s two-year ban from the Champions League.

UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) in February, handed the ban to the Etihad club, claiming it had breached Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations between 2012 and 2016.

CAS in a statement explained that “Manchester City FC did not disguise equity funding as sponsorship contributions, but did fail to cooperate with the Uefa authorities.”

It further reduced City’s original fine of 30m euros (£26.9m) to 10m euros.

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Beyond the lifting of suspension and reduction of fines, today’s verdict has different implications for some of the top clubs in the Premier League.

First, it means that only two Champions League slots are available in England now, with champions Liverpool and City already qualified.

Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday, now means they cannot qualify for Europe’s biggest club competition officially.

However, Manchester United can make a late run for the top four places, if they continue their fine run of form with a win over Southampton on Monday night.

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Chelsea were humiliated 3-0 by Sheffield United last week, but Leicester’s 4-1 defeat against Bournemouth has given them fresh optimism.

The Foxes are now obvious candidates to drop out of the race for Champions League places altogether, especially with their tricky run-in.

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