Uncertainty over Euro 2020 ticket refunds for fans
Football fans have just 12 days to claim refunds for Euro 2020 tickets or risk losing their money if matches are moved amid growing doubts over the tournament’s multi-city format.
Governing body UEFA on Thursday updated its ticketing terms and conditions, saying no refunds would be given to fans who are unable to attend matches which are moved to different fan-friendly stadiums.
Instead, fans have until January 26 to request a refund, long before a decision is made on the format of the tournament and where the matches will ultimately take place.
Premier League director of football Richard Garlick joins Arsenal
As revealed by David Ornstein, director of football Richard Garlick will leave the Premier League to become Arsenal’s new director of football operations.
Athleticism understands Garlick will be leaving later this year, having taken on an early role in the division in the summer of 2018. He will work closely with technical director Edu and fill the position previously held by Huss Fahmy.
Garlick’s legal background is part of what Arsenal were looking for in their new director of football operations.
Premier League to meet captains and managers over breaches of COVID-19 protocol
The Premier League is holding meetings with captains and managers to discuss new COVID-19 protocols as the government could step in to continue the football season. A meeting took place on Thursday, another is expected on Friday.
Athleticism understands that plans were drawn up on Wednesday night amid growing criticism over failure to adhere to existing protocols.
There are fears that this will push the government to intervene due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in England.
Premier League confirm Aston Villa postponement against Everton
The Premier League have confirmed that Aston Villa’s Premier League game at home to Everton on Sunday has been postponed due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Midlands club.
Villa’s first team have been in isolation since last week after nine players and five staff tested positive for the virus.
The club’s game against Tottenham Hotspur on January 13 had already been postponed. Like Athleticism revealed on Wednesday their next game against Everton will also be rescheduled, after the Premier League board approved it on Thursday.
FA Cup fourth round TV details confirmed
The Football Association has announced that all 16 FA Cup fourth round matches will be televised.
The tie of the round, Manchester United’s game against defending Premier League champions Liverpool, will be shown live on BBC One on Sunday January 24.
Horley Chorley – who memorably beat Derby County in the third round – will kick off the action live on BT Sport as they take on Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Chelsea’s longest-serving player Piazon leaves the club
Lucas Piazon has signed for Braga in Portugal, finally ending his decade-long spell at Chelsea. Piazon leaves as Chelsea’s longest-serving player, despite only making three senior appearances for the club, all of them in 2012.
Chelsea signed Piazon from Sao Paulo in 2011, but he was not eligible for a work permit until January 2012. He was then sent on loan to Malaga, Vitesse Arnhem, Eintracht Frankfurt, Reading, Fulham, Chievo and Rio Ave.
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