German football clubs agree plans to allow fans to return next month

first_img“When and how many spectators are allowed to return to the stadiums is not a decision for the DFL to make.”The league’s plans for fans to return has been the subject of debate among politicians and virologists in Germany.Several fan groups have also criticized the plans, fearing long-term restrictions of their rights.However, the league insists any changes would only be temporary while the pandemic continues to be a factor.Seifert says the rate of infection must be taken into account and “should by no means be underestimated”.”Professional football can only return to normality in stages,” he added.”We will have to regain normality in small steps. We cannot go from zero to 100.”After a two-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the final nine rounds of last season’s Bundesliga matches were completed behind closed doors in late June.Amid tight hygiene measures, Germany was the first country to restart its league season which paved the way for other top European leagues to follow suit.However, Bundesliga clubs lose millions of euros in match day revenue for each game played in front of empty stands and are eager to welcome fans back.For example, Borussia Dortmund, who finished second to champions Bayern Munich last season, are planning to have up to 15,000 fans for home games next season.On a typical match day in Dortmund, over 81,000 spectators would fill Signal Iduna Park.However, Seifert said even a figure of 10,000 at matches would be hard to justify with large events banned in Germany until October 31.”Nobody at the DFL will require a specific number of fans,” he said. Football clubs in Germany’s top two divisions on Tuesday agreed to plans drawn up by the league which could allow the partial return of fans to stadiums from mid-September, despite the coronavirus pandemic.Under the plans proposed by the German Football League (DFL) for the new season, which starts on September 18, the clubs agreed on four key points.Fans would only be allowed to sit, tickets would be personalized so spectators could be traced, alcohol at matches would be banned until October and there will be no away fans until the end of the year. The plan is however subject to approval by German authorities, with health ministers of the country’s 16 states to meet on Monday over the issue.Germany has recorded 211,281 cases and 9,156 deaths due to the coronavirus, and in April began easing curbs imposed to halt transmission. But fears are growing over a second wave as daily number of new infections was steadily climbing again, in recent weeks hitting levels not seen since May.”The priority in Germany at the moment is not full stadiums, but people’s health,” said Christian Seifert, chief executive of the Bundesliga after a virtual meeting of the clubs.center_img Topics :last_img read more

These are the areas where it takes first home buyers the least time to save a deposit

first_imgWho wouldn’t want to buy in Townsville? It’s beautiful and the time it takes to get a deposit together is faster than many other regions. Picture: Megan MacKinnonHOME buyers can get into the market a lot quicker, if they are saving a deposit to buy in the Central Highlands, Mackay and Townsville.New figures reveal these are the areas were on average buyers can get a 20 per cent deposit together within less than three years.According to money expert Bessie Hassan of, who has crunched the numbers using average income and median house prices, the time to save a deposit in these locations was less largely because of the lower average house prices in the regions.But if you’re living at and looking to buy in Noosa, the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast it will take you a little longer. If Noosa is where you want to live, the time it takes to get a deposit together is longer than in most of Queensland’s major regional markets.Those wanting to buy in Noosa will be saving for on average 5.8 years to get a 20 per cent deposit together.The Gold Coast, 4.9 years, and the Sunshine Coast, 4.8 years, were not far behind.Ms Hassan said those coastal markets were highly populated tourists areas so it was not surprising that they had a higher property price tag and therefore a longer deposit-saving time compared to other precincts within regional Queensland.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“If you’re saving for a deposit, check out local property prices in the area and work out what you’ll need for a deposit. Remember, you should aim for at least a 20 per cent deposit so you can avoid paying mortgage insurance,’’ she said.Ms Hassan said one of the quickest ways to cut spending and increase savings was cutting “luxury items’’ such as food delivery services or travel. How long it takes to get a deposit together in the regions.“Parking your funds in a high-interest savings account or a term deposit may also help you maximise your return and fast-track your way into the property market,’’ she said.She advised potential first time buyers to run an audit on their financial accounts to see if they could be paying less fess or interest as a way of finding more savings.National data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that the number of finance approvals for first home buyers was now at its highest level in eight years. In Queensland, the number of finance approvals increased by almost 10 per cent.center_img take 5 finder graphic depositREA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said while the number of finance approvals for investors and upgraders had dropped, first home buyers were bucking the trend.“We are now seeing the highest level of first home buyers since 2010,” she said.last_img read more

Police investigate possible hate crime in Rushville

first_imgRUSHVILLE, Ind. – The victim of an alleged beating says he was targeted because of his skin color.Rushville Police were called after the battery reportedly occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 1.The victim, a black male, told police he was battered by one or more white men that were using racially charged slurs during the attack.“The specifics of the language used are sensitive to the continuing investigation of this incident,” Rushville Police Chief Craig Tucker said.The incident remains under investigation as Tucker said evidence has been handed over to the Rush County Prosecutors Office for a review to determine if, or what criminal charges will be filed.The police chief told us that a determination could be made as early as Friday. A conviction for a hate crime could carry a harsher sentence.last_img read more

CONCACAF Gold Cup: Christian Pulisic leads United States into final against Mexico

first_imgDefending champions the United States set up a blockbuster CONCACAF Gold Cup final against rivals Mexico after beating Jamaica 3-1.Goals from Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic sent USA through to Sunday’s decider following a weather-interrupted semifinal in Nashville. Bradley, McKennie impressIt was a fine team display by USA. Not short of critics, veteran midfielder Bradley was cool and calm in possession with his passing a clear highlight. Schalke’s McKennie, meanwhile, showed why he is so highly rated with a goal and a couple of defense-splitting balls.Jamaica can hold heads highFor much of the game, Jamaica was outclassed. But​, despite limited resources compared to its USA counterparts, it made it tough for the six-time champions just like it did in the 2017 final.What’s next?USA will look to retain its crown again Mexico in Chicago on Sunday, while Jamaica can look ahead to the CONCACAF Nations League — starting against Antigua and Barbuda on September 6. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match After McKennie’s early opener, Wednesday’s game was stopped for one-and-a-half hours due to lightning, but the US was not to be denied when the clash resumed in the 16th minute, with Pulisic doubling the lead seven minutes into the second half.USA did concede its first goal of the tournament as Jamaica substitute Shamar Nicholson set up a nervy finale with 21 minutes remaining but Pulisic capitalized on another rebound to make sure of the result in the 87th minute. Related Newscenter_img Lionel Messi blasts ‘bulls—’ refereeing after Argentina’s Copa America loss Goal @USMNT!!! Andre Blake gives a rebound off of Morris’ shot and Christian Pulisic buries it in! 2-0 USA! #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs #JAMvUSA— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 4, 2019It was a rematch of the 2017 final won by a Bruce Arena-led USA and the hosts burst out of the blocks and were relentless in attack, with Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake preventing a certain goal by somehow denying Paul Arriola from point-blank range in the fourth minute.But the USA was not to be denied five minutes later as Bradley picked out Reggie Cannon before Jozy Altidore laid the ball onto the oncoming McKennie, who fired past Blake.However, the USA’s momentum was abruptly halted by a lengthy delay due to severe weather in the 16th minute and the temporary suspension aided Jamaica.Jamaica emerged from the delay with renewed energy and looked far more threatening, while the United States was disjointed and lacked rhythm.The halftime interval provided USA with the chance to regroup and the Americans did just that as they moved 2-0 ahead through Chelsea-bound Pulisic in the 52nd minute.Goal Jamaica !!! Shamar Nicholson with the textbook header after a great ball from Leon Bailey! Jamaica cuts the lead in half, 2-1 in Nashville! #JAMvUSA #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs @jff_football— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 4, 2019Morris latched onto a McKennie pass and managed to get a shot off, with Blake only parried the ball straight into the path of Pulisic, who tucked away the rebound.After Gyasi Zardes wasted a great chance for USA, Jamaica’s Nicholson headed a Leon Bailey cross into the net to pull a goal back for the 2015 and 2017 runners-up, only for Pulisic to pounce on another rebound with three minutes remaining.Another final for USAAfter the pain of missing the 2018 World Cup, USA’s rebuild under Berhalter continues to gather pace. Mexico stands in the way of back-to-back Gold Cup triumphs in the first final showdown between the nations since 2011.last_img read more


first_imgKEVIN Cassidy and his wife Sarah will not be allowed to travel with the Donegal team to Florida later this month.The defender is understood to have hoped that he could go on the team’s trip which was organised to celebrate the team’s successes this year.But because he was dropped from the squad, he won’t now be able to go. A friend told us today: “Kevin is gutted that this has come to this.“He was hoping that he would be able to go as it wasn’t training, it will be recreation, but he’s off the guest list – and of course so then too is his wife.”It’s understood the Gaoth Dobhair man plans to go to Florida anyway, on a private trip with his family.© 2011, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comCASSIDY AND WIFE BANNED FROM TEAM TRIP TO FLORIDA was last modified: November 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more