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Broadcast rights are holding up the deal as the chief concern instead of the human rights concerns.

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Not a lot went on with MLS news yesterday but there was tons of news across the world and specifically in women’s soccer. A couple great interviews and news on the future of England’s Women’s National Team.

Seattle

An updated conference map for the ECNL was released on Tuesday showing the new clubs for the 2020/2021 season. ECNL new conference map for 20/21 | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer

MLS

Inter Miami CF co-owner David Beckham is giving fans a chance to play a five-a-side charity match with him as part of the “All In Challenge.” MLS co-owners David Beckham Will Ferrell Matthew McConaughey join 'All In Challenge'

WoSo

In an exclusive interview the Norwegian talks about rehab during a pandemic and the importance of female players fighting together. Lyon's Ada Hegerberg: 'I train every day to perform – and to give me a voice' | Suzanne Wrack | Football | The Guardian

A director of one club reportedly lamented: “I don’t know why we spend this money on our women’s team - surely we should just buy a new striker to try and get ourselves into the Premier League.” Life after chaos: how sport might recover – part IX: Women's football teams may be first to face cuts

The Football Association is to announce that Phil Neville will step down as England Women manager at the end of his contract in summer 2021. Phil Neville to step down as England Women's manager next summer | Football | The Guardian

Sydney FC’s chief executive believes the W-League should not become the A-League’s sacrificial lamb. Give up on the W-League to keep A-League going? That's just crazy | Samantha Lewis | Football | The Guardian

Owners and investors have finally seen the financial potential in women’s soccer. Women’s soccer is too valuable to get killed off by COVID-19 - All For XI

Arsenal have no plans to ask their women’s players to follow the men’s first-team squad in taking a salary cut. Arsenal will not ask women's team to take pay cut after men's agreement | London Evening Standard

Phil Neville’s future as England women’s manager is set to be revealed on Thursday after dates for the delayed European Championship are confirmed. Phil Neville: England women manager's future to be revealed on Thursday - BBC Sport

World

Task force suggests a maximum of 300 people at games with no fans. DFL-task force to present a plan for Geisterspiele - Bavarian Football Works

The World Health Organization reportedly wishes to suspend all international competitions, including the Champions League, until the end of 2021. WHO Recommends Suspending All International Competitions Until 2022 - The Liverpool Offside

Human rights organisation Amnesty International have criticised Newcastle’s potential takeover by the Saudi-backed consortium PCP Partners. Amnesty International: Newcastle risk ‘becoming a patsy’ with Saudi takeover

That beIN Sports has been the biggest obstacle to Newcastle’s Saudi takeover demonstrates the extent to which toxic geopolitics now infest the English game Broadcast rights trump human rights in Premier League’s Newcastle battleground | Jonathan Liew | Football | The Guardian

As the Bundesliga pursues plans for a May restart, it faces opposition from an unexpected source: the fans. For many match-going supporters, the coronavirus crisis has revealed fundamental flaws in the modern game. ′Quarantine for football!′ Bundesliga fan groups oppose restart and demand change | DW

In case Saudi Arabia’s incipient takeover of Newcastle United isn’t problematic enough on its own, there’s a side story involving Qatar and pirate TV stations. Newcastle United’s sale comes with unhappy geopolitics - SBNation.com

A fans’ proposal that Man United players should applaud the crowd before home games is set to be put to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Harry Maguire. Solskjaer, Maguire urged to clap Man Utd fans when Old Trafford opens after coronavirus crisis

Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite kept his move to the club a secret from friends and family, including his wife, who found out through the media. Barcelonas Braithwaite I hid transfer away from family friends

The Champions League and Europa League look increasingly likely to be played exclusively in August after more talks about the remainder of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday. Champions League and Europa League finals likely to be played in August - BBC Sport

Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez warns there could be “catastrophic” consequences for clubs across Europe if domestic seasons are not completed. Roberto Martinez: Catastrophic if coronavirus means season is not completed - BBC Sport

Romelu Lukaku apologises to Inter Milan after claiming 23 out of 25 players had suffered coronavirus symptoms in January. Romelu Lukaku apologises for Inter Milan coronavirus claim - BBC Sport

The former Real Oviedo striker, now with Barakaldo, on why ‘medicine is a vocation’ and how he will do anything to help. Diego Cervero: the Spanish striker – and doctor – ready to fight Covid-19 | Football | The Guardian

The inability to keep social distance in the replay room is a problem. Champions League could return without VAR - Barca Blaugranes