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Japanese Fans Might Be Allowed To Tokyo Olympics, With COVID-19 Precautions

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TOKYO, May 31  — The Japanese government is considering allowing Japanese fans to attend the Olympic and Paralympic events if they provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result, Sputnik reported, quoting the The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper report.

The coronavirus test will need to have been taken no earlier than a week prior to attending the Olympics. Fans would not be allowed to cheer and would be required to wear face masks and take temperature checks.

The final decision on whether to allow Japanese fans at the Tokyo Olympics will be made in June, Yomiuri Shimbun said.

The Summer Olympics in Tokyo were initially scheduled for 2020 but were postponed in the spring of last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Games are currently scheduled to be held this summer, from July 23 until Aug 8.

Because of COVID-19, the Japanese government has decided to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics without foreign spectators.

An increasing number of people have been calling for the Olympics to be cancelled, concerned by pandemic-related threats to public safety and the strain on the country’s healthcare system that is already struggling with a new surge in COVID-19 cases.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Safawi Apologizes For ‘Unpleasant’ Goal Celebration Against Thailand

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 — National winger Muhammad Safawi Rasid has apologized for the way he celebrated after scoring the goal that saw Malaysia beat Thailand 1-0 in their final Group G match in the second round of the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup Qualifiers on Wednesday.

The Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) mainstay, who was also named the country’s Most Valuable Player at the National Football Awards for two straight years in 2018 and 2019, has given an assurance that he would not repeat the “unpleasant” goal celebration.

“Alhamdulillah, grateful and thank you to all the supporters who are always behind us. I apologize for the celebration that was not very pleasant. It will not be repeated, sorry one more time,” he tweeted.

In the match against Thailand, Muhammad Safawi, 24, who took to the field as a second-half substitute, emerged as the hero when he slotted home from the penalty spot to help the Harimau Malaya tame the War Elephants 1-0 at the Al Makhtoum Stadium in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

It was his third goal in the qualifying campaign, having scored a brace in the 2-0 win over Indonesia at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil in November 2019.

However, some fans deemed his behaviour in celebrating the 52nd-minute goal against Thailand as being over the top, especially since he has not been performing up to par so far this season.

Muhammad Safawi had, after scoring, sprinted to the corner flag while pretending to press a keypad before putting his index finger to his lips.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Real Madrid Captain Exits Club After 16 Years

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ANKARA, June 17 — Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos left the club Wednesday after 16 years of service, according to the Spanish football powerhouse.

“Real Madrid C. F. announces that tomorrow, Thursday 17 June, at 12.30 pm (1030GMT), an institutional act of tribute and farewell to our captain Sergio Ramos will be held, which will be attended by our president Florentino Perez,” the club said in a statement.

According to Anadolu Agency, the 35-year-old central defender will say goodbye to Real Madrid fans at a virtual press conference.

Ramos joined Real Madrid from Sevilla in 2005.

He won five Spanish La Liga and four UEFA Champions League titles and three UEFA Super Cup trophies with Real Madrid.

Ramos also helped the Whites win four Spanish Super Cups and two Spanish Cups.

He scored 101 goals in 671 appearances for Real Madrid.

His contract at the club will expire on June 30.

Ramos was a decent Spanish national team member, winning two back-to-back European championships: the UEFA Euro 2008 and 2012.

In addition, he won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with his native Spain.

Sources: BERNAMA

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(Video) Parachuter Nearly Crashes On Crowd During France VS Germany Match

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The Euro 2020 football match between France and Germany at the Allianz Arena, Munich became a bit of chaos last Wednesday. While the match was in progress, a parachuter almost caused carnage after he suddenly landed on the field.

It is understood that the man who used the parachute was an activist who wanted to protest.

Footage of the incident also went viral on Twitter. Through the video, it shows he nearly crashed into the crowd, but fortunately, nobody was injured. He was then sent off before the match resumed.

The parachuter suddenly appears before kick-off, when the team is announced and the players take their positions. The collision with the spider camera cable saw the suspected activists shoot off at different angles and fly towards the stand.

Luckily, he managed to escape from any people in their seats to direct himself back to the field.

Players of both France and Germany didn’t seem too put off by the potentially devastating incident. German defenders Antonio Rudiger and Mats Hummels even helped the parachuter to stand before security coming in shortly to take the person into custody.

Sources: Daily Star, Goal, Max Merrill

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