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Major Link Soccer: No professional sports in England till at least June

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The British government has set June 1 as the earliest date professional sports may resume in the UK.

The Premier League Logo with a Protective Face Mask Photo by Visionhaus

It is Tuesday, therefore I recommend reading links and getting tacos. That’s pretty much all I’ve got right now. Um...soccer will be back soon in Germany but it is unclear who is coming next.

Seattle

Join the Defiance in donating if you can. Bloodworks NW Pop-Up Donor Center - We R Tacoma

Cast your Round One votes for the We R Tacoma South Sound Battle of the Bars at the bottom of this page. Please drink responsibly. Bottom’s Up: South Sound Battle of the Bars - We R Tacoma

Need some spuds? To help get food that would otherwise go to waste into the hands of people in need, Washington farmers will give away more than 200,000 pounds of potatoes at the Tacoma Dome on Thursday. Farmers to hold potato giveaway at Tacoma Dome amid pandemic | Tacoma News Tribune

WoSo

Back in 1992, Chelsea supporter Tony Farmer wrote to the club pitching the idea of a women’s team. Now, under Emma Hayes, they’re at the forefront of the sport. Making Chelsea Women: spotting superstars, stellar signings and ruthless Hayes – The Athletic ($)

As Europe invests more in the women’s game, it’s on America’s top women’s soccer league to stay competitive. Homegrown rule, academies would be great for NWSL — and USWNT | Yahoo Sports

The league’s list of protocols is extensive and currently only allows for voluntary, individual workouts. It also stipulates that each club must follow all local and state mandates. When, how will the NWSL return to the field? Players, personnel weigh in – Equalizer Soccer ($)

OL goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi confirmed she is leaving Olympique Lyonnais at the end of her contract, but remains undecided about signing in England or the USA. Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon): « Je jouerai en Angleterre ou aux USA la saison prochaine » - L'Équipe (French)

USA

Appeal or settle? The USWNT is faced with a decision, but there can still be a positive resolution for both sides. The best possible resolution for the USWNT and USSF in equal pay case – The Athletic ($)

Christian Pulisic has said “nobody even noticed me” at the start of his career at Chelsea and that he has had to earn the respect of teammates. Pulisic: Nobody at Chelsea noticed me when I joined

World

Adding two more subs for each team per game shouldn’t cause an imbalance in favor of the top clubs. If anything, the smaller sides benefit more. Five subs in Premier League wouldn't be that big of a deal. PLUS: How will soccer handle positive tests?

Man United are working towards extending Odion Ighalo’s loan but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have to do without the striker if the season resumes. Man Utd could lose Ighalo, working on loan extension - sources

Premier League clubs are told they could have to repay at least £340m to broadcasters - even if the season resumes behind closed doors. Premier League clubs facing £340m TV refund even if season resumes - BBC Sport

New legal documents have been passed to the Premier League that raise fresh questions about whether the £300m Saudi Arabia-funded takeover of Newcastle should get the go-ahead. New legal documents raise fresh questions over Newcastle takeover deal | Football | The Guardian

The parent company of Manchester City has bought the Belgian second division club Lommel, making them the ninth in its global portfolio. Manchester City parent company add Belgian team to their stable | Football | The Guardian

Restrictions remain as players and fans adapt to stadiums with just 50 people but European domestic football is officially back. 'Locals have accepted rules': football returns to Covid-19-free Faroe Islands | Football | The Guardian

No professional sporting event, even behind closed doors, will be staged in England until June 1 at the earliest, the UK government has announced. Coronavirus: No professional sport in England until June at earliest - BBC Sport

Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth, who sit 20th, 19th and 18th, were ready to oppose plans to complete the campaign at neutral venues over fears they would lose home advantage. FA tell Premier League clubs that the season must be decided on sporting merit | Daily Mail Online

While Sky Sports in Germany is capitalizing on the return of the Bundesliga, Fox Sports over in America really seem like they couldn’t care less. Bundesliga’s return will be broadcast on free TV in Germany - Bavarian Football Works