EFL lay down rules for early finish in three divisions

EFL lay down rules for early finish in the Championship, League One and League Two with final decision on their fate set for June 1

  • EFL clubs have until Tuesday to deliver their verdicts on plan to end the season 
  • Promotion and relegation will remain as final places settled by points-per-game
  • The play-offs will also take place but contested by a maximum of four teams

EFL clubs have until Tuesday to deliver their verdicts on the league’s plan to end the season, with a final decision on the fate of the three divisions set for June 1.

The EFL have invited their 71 clubs to give their feedback after confirming the planned framework to finalise the season should any of the three divisions end early.

Promotion and relegation will remain, final positions will be settled by points-per-game and the play-offs will take place but not with more than four teams.

EFL have invited 71 clubs to give their feedback on planned framework to finalise the season

The EFL board intend to adopt the proposals into their regulations after the plans have been reviewed by clubs ahead of votes next week. Confirmation of the outcome is expected by early in the following week, with June 1 earmarked.

For any of the divisions to be curtailed at least 51 per cent of clubs need to vote in favour.

Twenty-three club League One is the most divided with at least eight sides support for continuing the season known.

However several clubs, including from those clubs against curtailment, are resigned to seeing the season ended prematurely.

Leeds chief said it’d be embarrassing if European leagues finish and Championship couldn’t 

League Two clubs have already voted to end the season early, though were hoping to see relegation scrapped.

They too will have to agree to the new proposals drawn up by the EFL which include relegation in a vote next week.

While there is opposition to continuing the Championship campaign, the majority of clubs want the season to resume.

They can officially return to training on Monday following the first round of coronavirus tests in the last-48 hours. The EFL confirmed results are ‘unlikely to be available until Sunday 24 May.’

Angus Kinnear, chief executive of Championship leaders Leeds, said: ‘It would be a national embarrassment if the Bundesliga, La Liga or Serie A were to be able to complete safely and the first and fifth biggest leagues in the world were not able to follow suit if the context remained comparable.’




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Facebook crack down on fake news campaign targeting Manchester City

Facebook crack down on fake news campaign aimed at discrediting Manchester City with its owners accused of buying the club in order to clean their reputation

  • Facebook removed accounts behind a campaign targeting Manchester City 
  • Users were directed to bogus stories that reported persistent slurs against City
  • City’s owners were accused of buying the club in order to clean their reputation 

Facebook has cracked down on a fake news campaign targeted at discrediting Manchester City.

The social media giants have removed dozens of accounts, pages, groups and Instagram accounts after what it deemed a violation of its policy ‘against foreign or government interference’.

In a fascinating development that appears to shine a light on the lengths to which some will go to discredit their rivals, users were directed to bogus stories which reported persistent slurs against the Premier League champions.

Facebook have cracked down on a fake news campaign that targeted Manchester City

City are owned by Sheik Mansour, Abu Dhabi royal family member and deputy Prime Minister of the country. And while the now-deleted accounts were based in India, many had also run stories praising events in Qatar.

Relations between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates — which includes Abu Dhabi, have been strained for a number of years. Those involved in what appears to be a co-ordinated fake news operation also targeted the human rights record of Saudi Arabia — another country with whom Qatar is at odds.

The details of the crackdown were reported in Facebook’s ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour Report’. Each month it details which propaganda campaigns it has removed from its platforms — which include Instagram — in the previous four weeks. India, thanks to its high numbers of IT-skilled inhabitants, is often seen as a hotspot for fake news operations.

City are owned by Sheik Mansour, Abu Dhabi royal family member and deputy Prime Minister of the country 

In a parallel report, the social media company Graphika, which worked with Facebook, detailed the activity of what it believed were pro-Qatar ‘bots’ — software applications that run automated tasks over the internet and which have been previously found to have been at the centre of attempts to influence the world’s political agenda and elections.

Graphika probed a series of anti-City stories on a now-removed website named the Mirror Herald. In the stories, and in a number of social media posts, City’s owners were accused of ‘sportswashing’ — the act of owning a team or hosting an event to clean their reputation.

One such article accused the UAE of spending heavily on City to ‘hide its human rights violations and contributions to the menacing wars in Yemen and Libya’. The same website also hailed the Emir of Qatar while criticising the Saudi Crown Prince.

City have long held a belief that their ownership has been targeted by its rivals. They declined to comment on the matter but it is understood that officials at the Etihad Stadium are aware of Facebook’s actions.




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Mike Tyson breaks down how he'd attack Tyson Fury in a fight

‘I’d be aggressive’: Mike Tyson breaks down how he’d ‘attack’ Tyson Fury if the pair could fight at the peak of their powers while Brit insists: ‘I’d beat any man born from their mother… I’m the greatest from any generation’

  • Mike Tyson and Tyson Fury have discussed how a fight would go between them
  • Former world champion Tyson is viewed as one of the best heavyweights ever
  • Fury is the current No 1 and insisted he’d beat any fighter from any generation 

Mike Tyson has explained how he’d approach a dream fight against Tyson Fury if the pair came head to head at the peak of their powers.

Tyson was a fearsome destroyer in his early days and captured the imagination of millions around the world during his rollercoaster career before bowing out in 2005.

He remains the youngest man to ever become a heavyweight champion to this day and is still revered as one of the most explosive punchers to ever lace up a pair of gloves.

Mike Tyson’s explained how he’d ‘attack’ Tyson Fury if they fought at the peak of their powers

Fury is current No 1 and spoke together with Tyson how a fight between them would pan out

Tyson Fury, meanwhile, is writing his own legacy after becoming a two-time world champion earlier this year by demolishing Deontay Wilder.

But what would happen if the two giants of the sport were to collide? Tyson explained how he’d aggressively attack Fury as the pair discussed how a super-fight between them would pan out.

Speaking to Ring Magazine, Tyson said: ‘Against someone of Tyson Fury’s size, you’ve got to be aggressive, move your head and be elusive because if you stand still against a man that size, you’re an easy target.

Tyson is revered as one of the hardest hitting heavyweights ever to lace up a pair of gloves

TALE OF THE TAPE

MIKE TYSON

Fights: 56

Wins: 50

KOs: 44

Defeats: 6

Draws: 0

Stance: Orthodox

Height: 5′ 10″ / 178cm

Reach: 71″ / 180cm

TYSON FURY

Fights: 31

Wins: 30

KOs: 21

Defeats: 0

Draws: 1

Stance Orthodox/ Switch Hitter

Height: 6′ 9″ / 206cm

Reach: 85″ / 216cm

‘You need to attack, use angles and stay away from his punching distance. You need to be close, but you can’t stay at a distance that allows the bigger fighter to get off.’ 

Tyson was trained to harness the power of his mind by Cus D’Amato and gave an insight into how he would have handled going up against someone like Fury, who is over a foot taller than him.

He added: ‘A lot of people don’t understand that size and style isn’t the most important thing in the ring; it’s the morale of a fighter that leads to victory,’ he adds. ‘His determination, his will to win, his desire is what makes him a champion.

‘But at my best, I thought I was the greatest fighter from Achilles, through the Art of War, since the beginning of God, since the beginning of time – I was invincible.

Fury insisted he doesn’t think any fighter from any generation would be able to beat him

‘And if there are other fighters out there that don’t think that way, then they have a problem.’

When Fury was asked how a blockbuster showdown between the pair would go down, he said: ‘I don’t like to pit myself against boxing heroes in a virtual reality fight, because I find it disrespectful.

‘But my answer is that I’ll beat any man born from his mother. I just wouldn’t say that directly about any of the heroes from the past. But, deep down, I don’t believe that any fighter from the past can beat me.

‘I think I’m the greatest fighter that’s ever lived – from any generation.’  




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