Despite his brilliance … Why did Real Madrid abandon the “Moroccan jewel”?

Although the Madrid giant has promised Hakimi to have a prominent role in the future, the star of the Atlas Lions team is not convinced of these promises.

In light of the competition of many clubs for the inclusion of Hakimi after his brilliance with Dotmoreland, the 21-year-old star preferred the Italian “Snakes” team against Bayern Munich and Manchester United, because of the way Inter play coach Antonio Conte, which suits him.

According to the “Ghoul” sports website, despite his distinctive capabilities, Hakimi has made him one of the most prominent pioneers of the right front in the world today, the way he plays is not in line with the requirements of Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, as the Moroccan tends to attack and needs someone who is in His back is defensive, which is exactly the opposite of how Zizou deals with his foreheads.

For the same reason, Hakimi will be ideal with Conte. The Italian coach is a pioneer in the 3-5-2 method that gives the wings freedom of movement in the presence of those who cover behind them.

“Gul” pointed out that Hakimi “tends to the idea of ​​the wing more than the fullback, unlike his colleague and rival at Real Madrid Carvajal, who can perform the defensive roles with the same efficiency of carrying out the attacks.”

The other reason that the newspaper “AS” sees an incentive to give up Hakimi, is the financial distress imposed by the crisis of the new Corona virus, the sale will supply the club’s treasures with an amount of 40 million euros, not to mention the changes resulting from the Italian club achieving any local, continental or international championships.

Hakimi’s move to San Siro will allow the royal to regain his services when needed, which would have been very difficult if he moved to Bayern Munich, as you see, “S”.

One of the benefits of Hakimi’s transfer to the Italian league is that he will deal a heavy blow to Barcelona, ​​who has expressed a strong desire to sign Inter Milan Argentine striker Laotaro Martinez.

The Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo reported that the negotiations between the two parties were on the basis of a sum of money and Inter securing the services of one of the two midday in Barcelona, ​​Nelson Simedo or Junior Verbo, but after the expected annexation of Hakimi, the Italian team will not need either of them.

Consequently, Barcelona will have to pay 111 million euros to obtain Laotaro signature, which is almost impossible given the clubs financial conditions and the expected transfer market after the “Covid 19” epidemic.

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Hakimi has almost certainly moved to Inter Milan, but what are the reasons that prompted Real Madrid to abandon a defender who promises a great future, and a player who knows exactly what to do in the right-back position?

According to the Spanish newspaper “AS”, which is close to the Royal Club, one of the most important reasons that led Hakimi to refuse to accept the return to the “Merengue” lies in his refusal to be a substitute for the right-back Danny Carvajal, where he insists on being a key player.

Although the Madrid giant has promised Hakimi to have a prominent role in the future, the star of the Atlas Lions team is not convinced of these promises.

In light of the competition of many clubs for the inclusion of Hakimi after his brilliance with Dotmoreland, the 21-year-old star preferred the Italian “Snakes” team against Bayern Munich and Manchester United, because of the way Inter play coach Antonio Conte, which suits him.

According to the “Ghoul” sports website, despite his distinctive capabilities, Hakimi has made him one of the most prominent pioneers of the right front in the world today, the way he plays is not in line with the requirements of Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, as the Moroccan tends to attack and needs someone who is in His back is defensive, which is exactly the opposite of how Zizou deals with his foreheads.

For the same reason, Hakimi will be ideal with Conte. The Italian coach is a pioneer in the 3-5-2 method that gives the wings freedom of movement in the presence of those who cover behind them.

“Gul” pointed out that Hakimi “tends to the idea of ​​the wing more than the fullback, unlike his colleague and rival at Real Madrid Carvajal, who can perform the defensive roles with the same efficiency of carrying out the attacks.”

The other reason that the newspaper “AS” sees an incentive to give up Hakimi, is the financial distress imposed by the crisis of the new Corona virus, the sale will supply the club’s treasures with an amount of 40 million euros, not to mention the changes resulting from the Italian club achieving any local, continental or international championships.

Hakimi’s move to San Siro will allow the royal to regain his services when needed, which would have been very difficult if he moved to Bayern Munich, as you see, “S”.

One of the benefits of Hakimi’s transfer to the Italian league is that he will deal a heavy blow to Barcelona, ​​who has expressed a strong desire to sign Inter Milan Argentine striker Laotaro Martinez.

The Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo reported that the negotiations between the two parties were on the basis of a sum of money and Inter securing the services of one of the two midday in Barcelona, ​​Nelson Simedo or Junior Verbo, but after the expected annexation of Hakimi, the Italian team will not need either of them.

Consequently, Barcelona will have to pay 111 million euros to obtain Laotaro signature, which is almost impossible given the clubs financial conditions and the expected transfer market after the “Covid 19” epidemic.

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Report: Mauro Icardi only wants to go to Juventus

The Argentine has allegedly made his choice and wants to go scoring for the Bianconeri in the new season.

Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi is determined to become the Serie A record champions Juventus Turin switch. That reports Sport media set. Is currently the top scorer of Inter Milan at Paris Saint-Germain borrowed, but his future is open. And according to the report, Icardi could only switch to Juve.

PSG has a purchase option of 70 million euros at Icardi. There are different reports in Italian and French media about whether Thomas Tuchel’s club wants to pull them. If so, PSG would have to wait until June before Icardi can be contracted. However, the 27-year-old reportedly has a veto right and could tip the deal.

Juventus: does Juan Cuadrado switch to Inter in exchange with Mauro Icardi?

Loud Sport media set so this would be a likely scenario. Icardi, whose contract with Inter runs until 2022, moves it back to the Series A. Rumor has it that Napoli is also keeping an eye on him, but the Old Lady is his stated goal.

This is not the first time Juventus has been associated with the attacker. However, Inter has so far refused to hand over Icardi to the archrival from Turin. According to the report, however, this could change now that right-wing Juan Cuardrado is to be involved in a possible deal.

The Colombian, who can hold several positions on the outside track, is said to be a dream player of Nerazzurri coach Antonio Conte. In November, however, the 31-year-old extended his contract with Juve until 2022.

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The story of game zero TIME ONLINE

Atalanta Bergamo against Valencia CF. Round of 16 of the Champions League in Milan, February 19, first leg. Atalanta won 4-1, but in Italy the football game is currently placed in a different context. It was called “game zero” – as if it had triggered the outbreak of the epidemic in Spain and Italy at the same time. Italian media even wrote that Spanish fans may have brought the virus into the country. After all, there has been a positive case in Valencia since February 13th.

The increased number of cases in Bergamo and the surrounding area is also associated with the mass assembly of fans. From a “biological bomb” around the San Siro concrete bowl wrote the Corriere della Sera, an “explosion of the contagions” saw the daily newspaper Repubblica. The thesis was accepted worldwide, including in German media. But there are doubts whether the reconstruction is correct.

“The situation has certainly not helped to slow down the infection rates, but we do not have any information that shows that the match has spread the infection massively,” said Gerolmina Ciancio, spokeswoman for the Istituto Superiore della Sanità from Rome, a coordinating health authority. “We have no numbers that indicate an increase in infections in the province of Bergamo as a result of this football game,” said a spokeswoman for the Protezione Civile, the authority that manages the Covid 19 emergency in Italy, on request.

A look back to February 19: Back then, football was still played, in front of full ranks. Almost 45,000 people came to the San Siro stadium, 2,500 from Valencia, most of the others were supporters of Atalanta Bergamo. Clashes among the fans were feared. Valencia was in a fan friendship with Inter Milan, a rival of Atalanta. The police force was therefore large.

However, eyewitnesses saw fraternity scenes in the full metro wagons of line 5. Marina Belotti, a journalist from the industry service calciomercato.com, reported on loud chants by Atalanta fans, to which similarly loud choirs by fans of Valencia replied. At the exit, some of the opposing fans hugged. “Some, I remember, because I was very impressed, the beer cups passed on,” Belotti wrote.

With today’s knowledge, of course, a potential first-class contagion drama. Some experts have now pointed this out. “At that time, viruses could have entered the airways at great speed, through the mouth and nose. It was a collective excitement in a historic match with many goals. I can imagine that among them maybe people with fever and people without symptoms” the Roman immunologist Francesco Le Foche said Corriere dello Sport With.

If you look at the official case numbers, there were no infected people in Italy apart from two Chinese travelers isolated in hospital. And apart from the patient from the hospital in Valencia who came from Nepal, who at the time was not even identified as a corona patient, there was no case in Spain. It was not until two days later that case number 1 was announced in Italy, the first corona patient who could not be traced back to China. Shortly afterwards, the first case was also reported from the Bergamo area.

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Chelsea are planning a £ 200m Serie A transfer foray when a three man squad is identified

Chelsea are planning a £ 200 million raid on the Italian Serie A after Frank Lampard has drawn up a three man squad.

The blues are ready for a hectic summer in the transfer market, being inactive for the last two windows.

Ajax star Hakim Ziyech will complete his permanent move on Stamford Bridge at the end of the season and Lampard has identified further targets.

According to reports in Italy (by mail), Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Inter striker Lautaro Martinez are all on the Chelsea boss’ wish list.

Interest in Donnarumma will raise particular concern in Chelsea’s current cap, Kepa Arrizabalaga, whose future for the club now seems uncertain.



Chelsea target Milanese goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma
Chelsea target Milanese goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma

Arrizabalaga has been eliminated from the initial lineup for several games and has been criticized by his manager previously.

Donnarumma is considered one of the best caps in Europe, but Milan may be persuaded to sell the 21-year-old because of his financial problems.

Chelsea believe it can land its services for around £ 47 million.



The signing of Inter, Lautaro Martinez, would represent a real coup for Chelsea
The signing of Inter, Lautaro Martinez, would represent a real coup for Chelsea

Lampard has also made no secret of the club’s desire to sign an attacker and the acquisition of Martinez will prove to be a real coup.

However, they could face a difficult challenge by rewarding him from the Nerrazurri.

The 22-year-old Argentine striker has become a key player for Inter, and boss Antonio Conte is unwilling to let him go, especially to his former employers.



Pjanic is not in favor of Juventus, but his age could be a problem
Pjanic is not in favor of Juventus, but his age could be a problem

Chelsea face a similar scenario with Pjanic, who currently plays with former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri at Juve.

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Pjanic has fallen in the order to peck under Sarri, and Chelsea remains confident of being able to sign a £ 55m deal for the Croatian.

It would provide a cheaper alternative to the Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, of whom Chelsea also asked questions.

An obstacle could be Pjanic, who at 29 years of age is not a good value for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who could veto any future approach.

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Arsenal players confined, disrupted Europa League

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The English club Arsenal announced on Wednesday that part of its players were confined due to the coronavirus. The pandemic continues to disrupt European football between behind closed doors and the cancellation of matches.

Sad first for Arsenal. The Gunners team became, on Wednesday, March 11, the first European professional football team to be placed in quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic. The latter greatly disrupts European football, while several championships have announced systematic closed doors and that certain matches in the Europa League are threatened.

Arsenal said in a statement that “a number of players” were held in solitary confinement for 14 days, as were “four members of the management”. In question: the entry into contact of several members of Arsenal staff with the shareholder of Olympiakos, Evangelos Marinakis, declared positive at Covid-19.

A decision that caused the postponement of the Premier League match between Manchester City and the Gunners. The postponement is due to the unavailability of these players, which handicapped a team struggling to get out of the middle of the table (9th to five points from the fifth, Manchester United).

Inter Milan-Getafe and Seville-Roma paralyzed by the epidemic

The spread of the coronavirus in Italy and Spain has put aside the holding of the Inter Milan-Getafe and Seville-AS Rome shocks, initially scheduled for Thursday, while other round of 16 of the Europa League will be held behind closed doors.

Initially scheduled without audience in Milan (9 p.m.) and Seville (6:55 p.m.), the two matches “will not take place as planned on March 12,” UEFA said on Wednesday, without mentioning a postponement or cancellation and while the return matches are scheduled for March 19.

Italy, the European country hardest hit by the Covid-19 epidemic, has taken drastic containment measures, and Spain on Monday banned direct air links with Italy until March 25 .

As of Tuesday, Getafe president Angel Torres said he had asked UEFA to provide an “alternative”, refusing to “enter a coronavirus outbreak” and even said he was ready to “lose the match”. And on Wednesday, Roma announced on Twitter that their team “would not go to Spain for the Europa League match against Seville, their plane from Italy having not been allowed to land in Spain”.

After a slow warm-up round against Cluj in the previous round (1-1 outward, 0-0 return), the Sevillans were preparing to host Roma behind closed doors in Spain, where the next two days of the championship will play without an audience.

Other matches will be disputed without spectators: the match between Olympiakos, Arsenal drop in the sixteenth, and Wolverhampton, as well as the duels Linz-Manchester United, Wolfsburg-Shakhtar Donetsk and Frankfurt-Basel.

The Glasgow Rangers on Tuesday planned “additional security measures”, including self-service hydroalcoholic gel, for the reception of the Bayer Leverkusen.

With AFP

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Because hosting F1 races without spectators could lead the teams to the brink

Yesterday the world of Formula 1 car racing was shaken by an extraordinary announcement. The organizers of the Bahrain Grand Prix next weekend have unexpectedly revealed that, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, they will hold the race without spectators. It is the first time in F1’s 70-year history that any race has taken place behind closed doors and may be the last.

Formula 1, perhaps more than any other sport, is threatened by the coronavirus. The auto racing series earns from events taking place around the world more than 20 times in an eight-month period. A growing number of countries are hindering mass gatherings like these in an attempt to contain deadly disease, so F1 has to find ways to steer around them.

Since it emerged in China late last year, coronavirus has infected 110,108 people in 109 countries and has caused 3,831 deaths. Italy ranks third on the list of infections and strict restrictions have been placed on travelers from the country only in the past week. As we have revealed, last week the Vietnamese authorities announced that someone from Italy will have to be quarantined for 14 days before entering the country and the same measure was introduced in Bahrain shortly thereafter.

Restrictions pushed F1 in one lap because its most famous team, Ferrari, and its tire supplier Pirelli are both based in Italy. It is an urgent matter as Bahrain and Vietnam will host the second and third races of the season respectively after the curtain launched in Australia this weekend which has decided not to quarantine passengers from Italy.

As the Bahrain Grand Prix follows Australia it has become the focus of F1 attention. Bahrain authorities have agreed to introduce a process that exempts F1 staff from the restriction. Instead of being quarantined, they will be screened on arrival and allowed to enter on the condition that they are free from the virus. There have been other twists and turns to come.

To ensure that staff do not collect the virus in a country traveling from Australia to Bahrain, F1 has hired a plane that will fly directly there without anyone leaving during a refueling stop. Few commercial carriers travel this route continuously and if F1 personnel have changed planes on the road, there is a possibility that they may be quarantined in that country.

The rental of an airplane revolves around this obstacle but F1 does not yet have a clear sky ahead of it. This is because he will have to make similar plans to ensure that the Vietnam Grand Prix will take place on April 5. These maneuvers do not appear to have been completed since a Pirelli spokesman recently told the BBC that he has not been informed of them.

“So far, we follow the indications provided by F1. So far, these only underline that in Australia and Bahrain we Italians (plus other nationalities) will have to undergo a medical check once we have landed there. For Vietnam we still have no indication, except for the fact that the GP will take place as planned and will be with us “.

An even bigger block is on the road to the Chinese Grand Prix which is expected to take place two weeks after Vietnam. The Shanghai race was postponed last month and it is widely believed that F1 will not be able to reschedule it due to its busy schedule and lack of visibility when the coronavirus turns around the corner in China.

If the race did not take place, the F1 commissions of the broadcasters would not be canceled, but the profitable hosting fee that it receives from the organizers would be jeopardized, as we recently revealed in the British newspaper City A.M. Even if somehow the race returns to the track, F1 may still be in the race.

On Saturday, the Italian government unexpectedly announced that it would immediately quarantine 16 million people in 15 provinces for nearly four weeks. The restricted area includes Ferrari’s headquarters, but the team told local media that it had sent Australia ahead of schedule and expected to participate in this weekend’s race independently. However, in addition to the quarantine, all sporting events in Italy will be held without fans until at least April 3 and France has banned those involving more than 1,000 people. Both countries host F1 races and others could follow suit.

Under the British Civil Contingencies Act, the government can close schools, close public transportation and stop mass meetings to protect the public. Similarly, in the United States, Dr Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases, recently told reporters that cities may have to “modify, postpone or cancel mass meetings.” .

Last year, F1’s total participation was 4.2 million, with an average of 198,330 spectators in each of its 21 races. If a government were forced to ban mass gatherings ahead of its grand prix, it would appear to be the end of the road for its race. Or would it be?

Last month the Europa League football held its first game behind closed doors when Inter played against Ludogorets in Bulgaria in an empty San Siro, one of the largest stadiums in Italy. It fueled the argument that F1 may be next and it didn’t take long to get to the finish line.

Yesterday’s announcement of the Bahrain Grand Prix sparked sparks across the F1 sector. The organizer of the race used his social media channels to announce that viewers had been banned, but notably F1 itself has not yet mentioned it on its Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages. Basically, F1 didn’t even put a notice about it on its official website that sold tickets for the race but now claims they are all “sold out”. He left the fans steaming.

One tweeted at F1 “You published 4 stories here today, but nothing about the tens of thousands of loyal fans who saw that they cannot participate in the Bahrain Grand Prix. No email to confirm.” It has been echoed by someone else who asked “Will you refund people’s money for the Bahrain Grand Prix?”

Another suggested that F1 doesn’t want “bad press” from exposing viewers to coronavirus, but what about “exposing drivers, crews, media?” He was not lost on many of the main lights of F1 broadcasts who remained wondering why it is considered acceptable for the media to participate in the race and work in the paddock but too dangerous for spectators.

The acclaimed BBC radio host Jennie Gow said: “I love my job and so do all the people in the paddock that I know but # F1 is a mass event, regardless of the fans. Thousands of people travel the world to put I know many who feel worried about the season starting with little respect for their well-being. “

Likewise, rising star Ben Constanduros said that “F1 is now responsible for choosing to bring all these people together? The municipal paddock is so large and multinational.” Will Esler, a talented sports journalist on Sky News Radio, added that “even in times or normal things always spread so quickly in the paddock since everyone is always together, mixing and on the same flights, the same hotels”.

The circumstances can no longer be repeated thanks to the Byzantine business model of F1. Unlike the hosts of many other sporting events, Grand Prix organizers generally don’t get a cut in revenue from broadcasting races or advertising on circuits. Instead, these revenues go to the same F1, owned by Liberty Media and listed on the Nasdaq with the ticker FWONK.

This usually leaves the race organizers only the revenue from ticket sales to finance their running costs, while the local government provides them with enough money to cover the hosting fee which is also paid to F1. The tenders promote the host countries to a television audience of 471 million viewers, so that the hosting rates are adequately high. Last year they averaged $ 28.7 million per race, totaling $ 602.1 million. It is the second largest F1 revenue stream and accounts for 60% of its $ 1 billion prize pool for the ten teams, which represents its only major cost.

The jackpot is a share of F1’s profits, so the lower the revenue from hosting commissions, the lower the number of teams they receive. Cash prizes generate around 35% of a typical team’s revenue, but this rises to well over 50% for minnows. They would be more at risk if the prize pool reverses, which is exactly what could happen if the races were held behind closed doors.

No spectator means no ticket sales, so race organizers should use government funding to cover running costs. If they did not, the organizers themselves could crash into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which is far from theoretical since about 80% of them are privately owned. The organizer of the Bahrain Grand Prix is ​​one of the few government-owned and deeply rooted. He can easily afford to cover running costs and pay F1 hosting fees, but many of his counterparts wouldn’t have enough in the tank.

If the race organizers used government funding to cover their running costs, they would not have enough money to pay F1 hosting fees and, in turn, the prize pool received by the teams would crash. In short, financially it would be no different from the fact that the tender did not actually take place.

It would be a slippery slope as the teams become weaker, the greater the threat to F1 itself and the more difficult it would be to host the races even if they have no spectators. For this reason alone it is difficult to see how it will never get the green light again.

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Manchester United vs Manchester City: the best bets for all Premier League matches on Sunday and Monday

Anthony Martial is the answer to an enigmatic Manchester derby.

At best it is only the second most important game that a team plays in the next nine days.

So many questions.

If we offered Pep Guardiola or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the choice between today’s defeat (16.30) or European fate, what is the call?

Will Pep decide to protect Kevin de Bruyne? Ole chooses to put Harry Maguire aside? Or even Bruno Fernandes?

Would a reboot of The Good Life work with Priti Patel who played a shorter and more sadistic version of the bourgeois buzzkill Margo Leadbetter?

All certainly a “maybe” defined, but only time will tell.

What we do know right now is that United is the W6 D2 L3 versus the Big Six, and buyers of 8/13 City cash could enter for a period of sweat.

Two bets stand out. Martial is undervalued at 9/4 (Fred) “anytime marker” on his numbers.

And the statistics seem ultra-solid for a tidbit of “United scores a penalty” at 9/1 (Bet365) – their raw house data put the 2/1 closest to the sign.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin can help Everton make the most of any late change of luck in Chelsea (14:00).

So far the most notable result of the 2019/20 Toffees has been the goal of Christian Benteke.

But they transform going forward with Carlo Ancelotti – and Chelsea boasts only six clean sheets in 22 houses.

Calvert-Lewin he’s flying to the new boss, punt him “Anytime” on 9/4 (Bet365).

Gylfi Sigurdsson is the “always” fun longpoke at 8/1 (Fred).

It’s Ronaldo vs Lukaku behind closed doors when Inter switch to Juventus (19.45) in Serie A – don’t miss Cristiano Ronaldo “at any time” at a juicy 11/8 (Unibet)

Jamie Vardy will return when Leicester hosts Aston Villa (tomorrow, 20:00), a push for the Foxes, who have forgotten how to score a goal.

It also escaped Vardy’s mind. Not a Scooby from Christmas.

Few parts are in a better position than Villa to rush his memory, but his prices are stupid.

The Villans Wembley is almost man, big Bjorn Engels , to serve something unforgettable in 18/1 “scorer at any time” (Bet365, 888 sport).

Last week: winners on 21/10, 2/1 and Evs.

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Coronavirus – the current situation: New infections in NRW – France prohibits major events

The number of infected people continues to rise in Germany and worldwide. Numerous major events are canceled, including some trade fairs in Düsseldorf. ,

More and more major events are threatened with postponements

Dusseldorf The stand construction at the exhibition center in Berlin was already in full swing. The world’s largest tourism fair ITB should start on Wednesday. Around 10,000 exhibitors from around 180 countries and 160,000 visitors were expected. But the fair will not open its gates: On Friday evening, the Messegesellschaft Berlin decided, after the public pressure and the requirements of the health department had increased: This year’s ITB is completely canceled.

In the evening, the Federal Government’s crisis team issued the recommendation that the principles of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) be taken into account immediately when assessing the risk of an event. Thus, “imminent major international events such as the ITB should be canceled”. The guidelines of the RKI state: “The risks are not the same at all events.” Therefore, those responsible should carefully consider them.

For example, there could be higher risks if people from known risk areas or older people with previous illnesses take part. It should be checked whether a “close interaction” such as dancing is planned or whether rooms are poorly ventilated. In addition, it could depend on disinfection options for visitors – or whether contact persons could be found quickly if necessary. It is possible to allow events with conditions, to exclude participants – and to postpone or cancel events.

Ultimately, the responsible local authorities, usually the health authorities, decide whether an event can take place. For example, trade fairs, concerts or sporting events can take place in some cities and not in others. The authorities examine each individual case.

If the responsible office prohibits an event, the organizer can rely on “force majeure” and is out of liability. The recommendation of the federal government’s crisis team should make the decision of the local authorities to postpone events easier. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) spoke out for a procedure with “measure and middle” when dealing with the virus. Not all events should therefore be canceled.

Switzerland and France generally prohibit major events

Germany’s neighboring countries are taking far more drastic measures. France prohibited all major events involving more than 5,000 people on Saturday afternoon. This decision was made by the Defense and Ministerial Council, Health Minister Olivier Véran said.

Switzerland goes one step further and since Friday has prohibited all events with more than 1,000 participants. The ban should apply until March 15th and affects public and private events. Events with less than 1000 participants are subject to approval. The Swiss Federal Council hopes that this drastic measure will provide “effective protection for people in the country and for public health”.

The Geneva Motor Show, which was to take place from March 5th to 15th and most recently attracted around 600,000 visitors from all over the world, cannot take place. Volkswagen welcomed the cancellation of the car showroom. “This is a decision in terms of the safety of all participants as well as our employees,” said the carmaker. The exhibitors now want to present their automotive innovations on the Internet. The Volkswagen brand will present the new Touareg R and the Golf GTI2 in an online stream on Tuesday.

The fear of the new corona virus is paralyzing the global trade fair business more and more. As of Friday, 367 trade fair events had already been canceled or postponed around the world, the trade fair medium “M + A Report” determined. These include 80 events in Europe with a focus on Italy. The economic effects are unpredictable, explained editor-in-chief Christiane Appel.

In Germany, a good dozen trade fairs have so far been postponed by the organizers before the crisis team’s recommendation to better avoid major international events. These include the Light + Building fair in Frankfurt and the hardware fair in Cologne. The international arms fair IWA Outdoor-Classics was postponed in Nuremberg, the organizer Reed Exhibitions also moved the fitness fair Fibo in Cologne.

The metalworking trade fair Metav in Düsseldorf was postponed by the organizing association. Messe Düsseldorf announced on Saturday afternoon that it would postpone its Beauty, Top Hair, Energy Storage Europe, ProWein, Wire and Tube trade shows.

Force majeure releases from liability

The pressure on trade fair organizers has risen extremely recently. Many important exhibitors called for trade fairs to be canceled because they feared the well-being of their employees. “Some of those involved speak of hysteria, but everyone agrees that the health of the participants in a trade fair must have priority,” says exhibition expert Udo Traeger from Exhibition Doctors. “The mood in the trade fair industry is tense, the Sars epidemic was harmless against it,” stated Harald Kötter, spokesman for the association of the German trade fair industry Auma.

The uncertainty is great. After all, it’s about a lot of money. Not only for the organizers, but also for the exhibitors, stand builders and other trade fair service providers. The hotels, restaurants, taxis and retailers of many cities also make their main sales at trade fair times.

According to the Ifo Institute, trade fairs in Germany secure 231,000 jobs. Exhibitors and visitors spend 14.5 billion euros on trade fairs – in hotels, restaurants or in retail. There are also production effects of around 28 billion euros.

Now the dispute arises over who bears the costs if events do not take place. “Legally, trade fair organizers do not have to reimburse their customers for a move due to force majeure – neither stand fees nor ticket costs,” says lawyer Martin Glöckner from the Glöckner Keller law firm in Nuremberg. The expert for event law is the legal advisor of the trade association for trade fairs and exhibitions (Fama). “As a rule, organizers are currently trying to make a new appointment. Then they will continue to offer their contractual services, only later. ”

A shift is anything but easy. “It is certainly challenging for many trade fairs to find an alternative date,” admits Kötter from the association. A shift to autumn, when the occupancy of the premises is usually less, makes more sense than a new appointment in two months. “Because it is still unclear how the virus will spread,” said the Auma spokesman.

For trade fairs that take place every two or three years, a postponement is certainly not a big problem. It looks different at annual fairs if the dates are too close. “Postponing or canceling also depends on whether a fixed or rhythm has developed over the years, for example for Christmas business,” says industry expert Traeger. Then a shift by half a year makes little sense.

Sports events and concerts may be canceled

Not only trade fairs, but also major events such as concerts, sporting events and congresses are now threatened by the authorities. After the USA, Germany is the most important conference country in the world. “Depending on the size and format of the event, the cancellation or postponement of events is a complex task in which many actors are involved,” says Matthias Schultze, head of the GCB German Convention Bureau.

Europe’s leading ticket dealer and organizer CTS Eventim has come under heavy pressure due to the corona virus on the stock exchange. In just one week, the share of the MDax company from Bremen dropped by around 20 percent to EUR 47.52. CTS Eventim has also owned the Italian concert and show organizer Vivo Concerti since 2018. In many areas of Italy events cannot take place due to the epidemic.

Mammoth concerts by Peter Maffay and Andrea Berg or circus events by the Cirque du Soleil are coming up soon in Germany. The local authorities decide on a cancellation. “In that case we would postpone the event, even if it will not be easy,” said an Eventim spokesman on request. The ticket remains valid.
Deutsche Bahn wants to refund tickets for long-distance transport free of charge, for example if a trade fair, concert or sporting event is officially canceled due to the virus.

Sports events such as the Summer Olympics in Japan are on the brink because of Corona. It is still a good 100 days until the start of the European Football Championship. This time it takes place in twelve European countries. The kickoff is on June 12 in Rome. In Italy first division matches have already been called off because of the Corona outbreak, on Thursday evening there was a ghost game without spectators between Inter Milan and Ludogorez Rasgrad. According to Uefa, the EM should not be postponed.

Fifa President Gianni Infantino, however, does not consider a cancellation of the international caps in March due to the corona virus unthinkable. “I wouldn’t rule anything out at the moment,” he said on Friday evening.

Football Bundesliga games continue to take place. The decision of whether a game takes place without spectators or not at all is ultimately made by the respective local health authorities. However, the stars of FC Bayern should no longer sign autographs on the recommendation of the club due to the corona virus. Selfies with fans should also no longer exist.

The churches have also responded to the corona threat. The German Bishops’ Conference advises caution in any physical contact – such as the handful with the peace sign. Temporary caution is also advisable when using holy water in churches. The Evangelical Church issued instructions not to drink from a goblet during the sacrament.

More: After the advice EY sent 1500 employees home, companies in Germany are taking ever more drastic measures because of the corona virus.

Correction: In an earlier version of the article it was erroneously stated that the Logimat trade fair in Stuttgart was not taking place as planned. That is not correct. The Logimat trade fair takes place unchanged according to the current status. Please excuse the mistake.

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Coronavirus: fear about sport

As the Covid-19 epidemic progresses, the threat looms over the world of sport. Some events have already been canceled, while others remain pending.

Cycling: end of race for the Tour of the United Arab Emirates

The organizer’s press release fell on the night of Thursday to Friday. At two stages of the term, the United Arab Emirates Tour was halted after two staff members tested positive for coronavirus. The runners were confined to their hotel in Abu Dhabi. They should all be screened quickly. Journalists, including those from the TV channel Team, present on site, will also be tested.

As a precaution, the Tour du Hainan, which was to be held from February 23 to 1st March in southern China was canceled by the International Cycling Union (UCI) in January.

Reports and behind closed doors in football

Football is not spared from the precautionary measures adopted against the new coronavirus, in the middle of the final phase of the European cups, and while the national championships are in full swing. Thursday night, the return leg of the Europa League’s knockout stages between Inter Milan (Italy) and Ludogorets (Bulgaria) was played in an empty San Siro stadium. UEFA had obtained the right to continue the match when rallies are prohibited until Sunday in Lombardy. In the Champions League, uncertainty hangs over the return match between Olympique Lyonnais and Juventus, which is to be played in Turin on March 17.

No match has been canceled in Europe so far. In Italy, Seria A matches scheduled for last weekend have been postponed, while numerous cases have been detected in the north of the country. This weekend, the AC Milan-Genoa, Juventus-Inter, Sampdoria-Hellas Verona, Parma-SPAL and Sassuolo-Brescia matches will be played behind closed doors.

Currently, 650 cases have been reported in Italy, including 17 deaths. In Iran, a 23-year-old futsal player infected with Covid-19 died on Wednesday.

In Asia, competitions threatened

China was scheduled to host the World Indoor Athletics Championships from March 13 to 15 in Nanjing. In late January, the International Athletics Federation (World Athletics) decided to postpone the competition by one year due to the epidemic. In Dongguan, in southern China, FedCup matches have been relocated to Kazakhstan.

In South Korea, the Busan Table Tennis World Championships, originally scheduled for March 22-29, have been rescheduled from June 21-28.

There is great concern in Japan as the Olympics begin on July 24 in the Japanese archipelago. On Thursday, the closure of all public schools in the country was announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said on Friday his determination to host the event.

The country has recorded 189 cases of coronavirus. On February 17, the Tokyo Marathon organizers canceled the amateur event. Only elite runners will participate in the race, the 1st March.

Romain Bouvet

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