FIFPRO wants specific measures to protect players from overload

first_imgThe global footballers’ union FIFPRO wants concrete safeguards to protect players from fixture overload and the consequent risk of injury.This demand has come as the sport catches up with a backlog of matches following the novel coronavirus stoppage. FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann told Reuters that the union was talking to European clubs and leagues to find ways of protecting players.The sport is already facing an overcrowded calendar for the next three years.“There is the big question of how we manage the load in a very condensed period,” he said.“We can’t just leave it to the mercy of individual decisions because we know how big the pressure is on the players and nobody is going to benefit from additional injuries.”The new coronavirus halted football for three to four months around Europe and longer in some other parts of the world. Bu, rather than shorten competition formats and eliminate fixtures, most federations and leagues are simply cramming them into a shorter period of time, producing a concertina effect.The only major exception is UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League where UEFA has replaced two leg ties with single leg ties for the end of this season and the start of next.“From now to three years ahead, the calendar is completely overloaded,” said Baer-Hoffman.“The only solution is to put a framework in place to manage the load and guarantee recovery periods,” he added, citing two mandatory rest periods per year as an example of a rule that could be implemented.“We need sensible rules based on medically-approved safety standards.” FIFPRO had expressed concern about player overload even before the coronavirus stoppage.A report last year said players needed five days’ rest between matches – compared to two to thee days at present in England and Italy.One example FIFPRO gave in that report was FC Barcelona’s Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic who it said had played 68 games between May 2018 and June 2019.One idea proposed would be a so-called match cap to limit the number of games for players in a season, but not clubs.RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Baer-Hoffmann said that with the first round of South American World Cup qualifiers pencilled in for October, the restart of internationals had led to some concern.The concern is that players may travel to countries where coronavirus cases are still surging.“We need to ensure that players are not put under pressure to travel to countries where the pandemic may still be a threat. Otherwise, it’s not going to be sustainable,” he said.Similarly, FIFPRO is worried about leagues starting in countries where infection rates are still high.“In certain countries, health standards are not what we will want.“Commercial pressures are overriding health and safety precautions and players are vulnerable to pressure, because they need to play to put food on the table,” he said.Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusFIFProFixture overloadlast_img read more

Betting Odds For August 19, 2017

first_imgBrazil : Seria ACorinthians SP vs Vitoria Ba (1x & u 4.5)This tie can easily be ticked as a home win without much analysis by most football pundits. Corinthians SP are a very good team in the Brazilian league and their opponents for this tie (Vitoria Ba) have not been in good form this season.Corinthians SP are the overwhelming favourite for this fixture but my crystal ball tells me that this will not be easily won by Corinthians SP. So my call for this will be 1x and under 4.5.Scotland : League OneAlloa Athletic vs Queens Park (1x/12)Fresh from a good cup win, Alloa Athletic will fancy their chances of winning this tie. Playing at home is a factor in this league and most home teams which are favourite in their ties end up winning.Queens Park will be hoping to surprise the home team and judging from the history of this match-up, one cannot rule such outcome out.My call for this will be a home win or draw in the first half and the entirety of the game should not end in a draw.France : Ligue 1Stade Rennes vs Dijon (1x/12)For Stade Rennes, playing at home is a big factor which they use to their advantage majority of the time. This encounter will see the home team playing against a Dijon side that just gained promotion to French Ligue 1.Dijon lost their last match 1:4 against Monaco last weekend and they will be hoping to improve this time around playing away from home. The team has a bad away form of late.My call for this tie will be a home win or draw in the first half and the entirety of the game should not end in a draw.England : Premier LeagueSwansea vs Manchester United. (away win)Having won their first tie this season, Manchester United will be hoping to consolidate on that result by winning this against Swansea. The reverse fixture saw both teams settling for a draw.The optimism in the Manchester United camp is high and this game should be a straight forward win for Manchester United. Swansea just sold arguably their best player in sigursson to Everton and this should count as something against them in this fixture.My call for this tie is an away win for the Red Devils.All odds amount to a 3-odd multiplier.The mastermindRelatedBetting Odds For August 12, 2017August 12, 2017In “Europe”Betting Odds For August 11, 2017August 11, 2017In “Europe”Betting Odds For August 13, 2017August 13, 2017In “England”last_img read more