Slovakian club forfeits UCL qualifier over virus cases

first_img Neutral venues are an option if a country’s pandemic situation means it cannot stage games organized by UEFA, whose president has identified a potential problem. If governments or public officials overreach their authority to prevent games, UEFA head Aleksander Ceferin told The Associated Press on Sunday, ”then we will have to think that the teams from those countries will have to play on a neutral ground.” Kosovo league title winner Drita went out of the Champions League when it was prevented by authorities in Switzerland from playing a preliminary round game at a stadium next to UEFA’s headquarters. Two players had tested positive ahead of playing Northern Ireland’s Linfield. On Monday, UEFA removed a second Kosovan team, Prishtina, from the Europa League preliminary round. Multiple members of the Prishtina delegation, including around 10 players in squads who arrived on two different flights, tested positive and were put into quarantine in Gibraltar last week. The club had made emergency loans of players from other clubs to fulfil the UEFA fixture. The champion of Slovakia on Monday became the second team to be removed from the Champions League qualifying rounds after players tested positive for COVID-19. UEFA said its appeals committee made an urgent ruling that Slovan Bratislava must forfeit its first-round qualifying game against KI Klaksvik as a 3-0 loss after it was twice postponed in the Faeroe Islands last week. Public authorities in the Faeroes had put two separate squads of players from Slovakia into quarantine because of positive tests by individual members of the visiting club’s group. UEFA competition rules during the pandemic give authority over COVID-19 cases to local health officials who can effectively stop a game being played. The UEFA rules are being tested as teams from 55 countries begin to compete in qualifying games through September. AC Milan, Tottenham and Benfica are among teams set to play single-leg elimination games next month in a tight schedule with few options to rearrange if players or officials test positive. Slovan said at the weekend it wanted to appeal against any UEFA ruling and could seek an urgent decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport. However, Slovan’s intended opponent KI has now advanced to play on Wednesday in Switzerland, against Young Boys in the second qualifying round. Slovan official Ivan Kmotrik Jr was quoted on the club’s website suggesting local officials in the Faeroes tried to ensure the game would not take place. Just two weeks into a seven-week qualifying program for the next Champions League and Europa League competitions, three teams from two UEFA federations have had to forfeit their games. All three teams were drawn away from home in locations where virus cases are managed by public officials; the Faeroe Islands, Switzerland and Gibraltar. Read Also: Man City plotting to sign Messi without breaking FFP rules Prishtina’s game against Lincoln Red Imps was twice postponed, leading UEFA to declare a 3-0 win to the home team. Lincoln Red Imps should now host Union Titus Petange of Luxembourg on Thursday in the Europa League first qualifying round. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were Amazing6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Untold Truth Of Sasha Obama8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldEd Sheeran’s 8 Best Collaborationslast_img read more

ESL and University of York announce collaboration in esports teaching and research

first_imgESL and the University of York have today announced a collaboration to make industry-aligned teaching and research for esports a reality.This unique partnership between the two organisations will allow the University of York to lead the way on UK-based teaching and research tailored specifically to the esports industry. The collaboration includes: Digital Creativity Labs, an £18 million EPSRC/AHRC/Innovate UK-funded research initiative focusing on the convergence of digital games and interactive media and one of the biggest games research labs in the world; University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, offering one of the top three Film and TV Production degrees in the country and a unique highly interdisciplinary degree in Interactive Media; York’s Department of Computer Science, one of the highest ranked in the UK.The collaboration has three key aims:Teaching – ESL will hold regular masterclasses with University of York students, including workshops and taster days. The University of York is committed to aligning its teaching offerings with the needs of the industry, while also offering BSc & MSc dissertations on esports. ESL and UoY are co-designing an elective module on esports content production as a third year, credit-bearing module, aiming to launch Autumn 2018.Research – Alongside a substantial investment by DC Labs in research into future innovations in the esports industry, the collaboration will see PhD internships take place through the Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) PhD programme and Digital Creativity Labs. Esports research already explored by DC Labs investigates areas including AI, human-computer interaction, interactive storytelling, data visualisation, game analytics, behavioural psychology and more.Careers – ESL internships will provide hands-on experience for undergraduate students, while industry placements will be available for selected PhD students.“We’re incredibly excited to be entering into a partnership with the University of York to help develop fresh new esports talent,” commented James Dean, Managing Director of ESL UK. “We’ve always been committed to creating opportunities for more people to enter the industry and now, with the help of the University of York, we’re looking forward to being able to help make sure the future is even brighter and better than it is now.”“High growth rates have seen games overtake film in terms of market size. Esports shows similarly spectacular growth. Our collaboration with ESL provides us with an exceptional opportunity to pioneer highly relevant, impact-driven research in this area”, said Peter Cowling, Director of the Digital Creativity Labs at York and Professor of Computer Science. “Esports lies at the convergence of two of our academic programmes, Film and TV Production and Interactive Media”, adds Professor Andrew Higson, Head of the Department of Theatre, Film and TV at the University of York. “Partnering with ESL is an exceptional opportunity for us to develop teaching about esports and career paths for our students in this rapidly growing industry.”Esports Insider says: Big news this from ESL and University of York. A very well known and established University getting involved is great news. We particularly like the emphasis on careers as this is something often poorly executed in esports. Plus, it should give ESL UK a conveyor belt of great talent ready to pick up.last_img read more

Induction date set

first_imgNoon The induction of coaches Marijon Ancich and Ernie Johnson into the 605 Football Hall of Fame will be Friday, May 4, during a dinner gathering at Rio Hondo Country Club in Downey. Cerritos College football coach Frank Mazzotta will be one of several guest speakers present to honor the two former high school coaches who had legendary careers at St. Paul and El Rancho, respectively. Tickets for the dinner are $45. For more information or to purchase tickets, check the 605 All-Star web site at, or contact game director Rich Estrella at (714) 522-8895. This year’s 605 All-Star Football Classic, featuring players representing 44 southland high schools, including California, La Habra, La Mirada, La Serna, Pioneer, Santa Fe, St. Paul, Whittier Christian, Whittier, El Rancho, Montebello and Schurr, will be played Saturday, June 2 at La Mirada High School. Game time is 6:05 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more