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European football mulls July, August restart; stopping leagues 'last resort'

Julien Laurens explains why Belgium ending their season due to the coronavirus could impact other league decisions.
Jon Champion spells out reasons why clubs and the Premier League want to complete the season.
Jon Champion delves into Juventus' wishes to not accept the title should the Serie A season be cancelled.

European football, currently at a standstill because of the coronavirus, is focusing on a restart in July and August with clubs and leagues being told that stopping competitions should "really be the last resort."

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Patrick Vieira: 'Offensive' to talk about football amid coronavirus crisis

Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka start initiative for fight against coronavirus.

French coaches will pool their money to make a donation toward the fight against the coronavirus later this week, with Nice manager Patrick Vieira remarking that it would be "offensive" to even talk about football during this unprecedented time.

COVID-19 has brought the football world and beyond to a halt over the past few weeks and the likes of Lyon boss Rudi Garcia and Vieira, as well as other Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 coaches, will be taking part in an effort to help give those in need some relief.

Sheffield United, RB Leipzig, Leicester, Atalanta: How the minnows manage to compete with soccer's elite

There are two primary truths in modern European soccer.

1. Possession is nine-tenths of the law. Of the 12 teams averaging at least two points per match in Europe's five biggest leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1) before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to the coronavirus, eight were enjoying at least a 58% possession rate in league play, and one of the four that wasn't (Red Bull Leipzig) was at 59% in Champions League play, which shows they were capable of dominating...

Ex-Marseille president Pape Diouf dies from coronavirus

Pape Diouf, right, died at the age of 68 from the coronavirus.

Former Marseille president Pape Diouf died on Tuesday after contracting the coronavirus, the French club has confirmed.

Diouf, 68, was admitted to hospital in his native Senegal over the weekend and required breathing assistance.

The man who led OM from 2005 to 2009 was due to be flown to Nice this week but his deteriorating condition made that impossible.

Diouf was well-regarded in the French game and Marseille wished him well in his battle against COVID-19 via social media just hours before...

UEFA president warns season may be 'lost' because of coronavirus pandemic

Julien Laurens breaks down which Premier League clubs might not want the current season to be completed.
Alexis Nunes and Mark Ogden break down how players' contracts could be affected if leagues play into the summer.
Sid Lowe details the next steps for La Liga to complete the season in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta explains how coronavirus affected him and his family.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains the financial impact behind postponing UEFA competitions.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has delivered the stark warning that this season could be "lost" if football does not resume by the end of June.

Every professional league in Europe, with the exception of the Vysheyshaya Liga in Belarus, has been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, with no date yet in place for a return to action.

UEFA has already suspended the Champions League and Europa League and also postponed the planned May finals in Istanbul and Gdansk, respectively, as a result...