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Former Serbian footballer, Miljan Mrdakovic, 38, commits suicide after saying “I can’t take this anymore”

Former Serbian footballer, Miljan Mrdakovic, 38, commits suicide after saying ?I can?t take this anymore?
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Former Serbian footballer, Miljan Mrdakovic has died at the age of 38 after reportedly shooting himself in the head after struggling with depression and anxiety. 

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Local media report that the retired Partizan Belgrade, Anderlecht, and Gent striker took his own life in his rented Belgrade apartment over the weekend after saying “I can’t take this anymore”.

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His heartbroken partner and singer, Ivana Stanic, told the media: ‘We had an ideal relationship, everything was great.

Former Serbian footballer, Miljan Mrdakovic, 38, commits suicide after saying ?I can?t take this anymore?

‘But he had problems, he liked to drink and I think that, in addition to the problems he had with depression, is the main reason why he did it.

‘After the end of his career, he struggled to cope because football meant everything to him. 

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‘He started working as an agent, but it is a job where sometimes you have work and earnings, sometimes you don’t. He was depressed and anxious.

‘The day before the suicide he drank a little too much and I felt like something bad could happen. I calmed him down, dragged him to bed and we talked all night.

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‘When we woke up, he started drinking. I froze when I saw a gun next to him. I cried and asked him to put it away and I called his mother to talk to him.

‘I asked him to come with me and went to the bathroom to get dressed. Every now and then I looked at what he was doing and then suddenly I heard a shot. I ran away from the apartment and called the paramedics.’

Mrdakovic played for twenty clubs across 10 countries including Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Isreal. He also played nine matches with Serbia U21s and three times for Serbia at the 2008 Olympics.

Former club Maccabi Tel Aviv posted a statement, reading: “Maccabi Tel Aviv is saddened to learn of the passing of the club’s former Serbian striker, Miljan Mrdakovic, who died in tragic circumstances on Friday in his native Belgrade, aged 38.

“Mrdakovic played for Maccabi in the 2006-07 season under then-coach Eli Cohen, and as a 24-year-old he made an immediate impression when in the opening round of the season he scored a spectacular goal against Beitar Jerusalem as he beat three defenders in a solo run that began in his own half before unleashing a powerful shot from the edge of the area.

“That season was his only campaign with Maccabi Tel Aviv in which he scored eight goals and set up four others in 29 appearances. After leaving Maccabi he moved to Portugal.”

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Premier League footballer accused of ‘gang rape’ at lockdown party by woman who claims her drink was spiked

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A Premier League footballer has been accused of ‘gang rape’ by a woman who claims her drink was spiked during a lockdown party.

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This comes just days after Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19, was accused of rape in an unrelated alleged incident. 

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According to Daily Star, the alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed her drinks were spiked with drugs. She also alleged that she was assaulted by  the unknown footballer and a number of his friends in a rented flat.

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The woman reportedly complained to police the day after the alleged gang rape and the detectives interviewed her, while forensic medical staff, as well as doctors, have examined her.

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A friend of the woman said she had no recollection of the night’s events and was “acting strangely” and “out of character” 

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The friend said: “She could barely stand the night before, there is no way she was in any state to consent to sex.”

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The alleged victim said when she woke up in the flat the next morning she was naked, with scratches on her legs. She also said the player was also naked in bed next to her.

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According to the woman, when she asked him what had happened the player told her they had sex, and then left the room.

She also alleged that she received an anonymous call from someone the following day, who told her the player and his friends had spiked her drink before she then went to a police station and made the rape ­allegation.

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‘I don’t care whether it is Rohr or not we need a competent coach’ – Sport Minister Sunday Dare

?I don?t care whether it is Rohr or not we need a competent coach? ? Sport Minister Sunday Dare

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Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has waded into the debate surrounding the Nigerian Football Federation’s negotiations with Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr for an extension of his contract.

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Rohr’s four year contract with the national team expires in June and he has been in negotiations with NFF on a new deal. Rohr has accepted new conditions such as living in Nigeria and being paid in Naira- placed in his contract, but has added his own moderations to the contract with the NFF yet to make a decision on his new deal.

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The delay to Rohr’s contract renewal has increased speculation that the federation might not want the German tactician to continue as manager of the Super Eagles.

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Sunday Dare has now come out to say what the national team needs a competent coah whether it is Rohr or not. He added that his desire is to see that the Super Eagles is in the best hands, given the quality of players in the national team.

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“All I want is a coach that is competent, I don’t care whether it is Rohr or not. The name doesn’t matter, but does he have the credentials?” Dare said in a video made available to media.  

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“Look at our footballers, they play in some of the best clubs in the world and are coached by some of the best coaches.

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“So if you want to coach a Nigerian team, you better be sound because the invited players that are going to represent the country train under the best coaches, therefore, we don’t want a player that is sounder than the coach.”

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Rohr has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016 and led the side to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He guided the  three-time African champions to clinch their eighth bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi and wife Dinma welcome their first child together, a girl (photos)

Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred?Ndidi and wife Dinma welcome their first child together, a girl (photos)
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Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, and his wife Dinma have welcomed their first child together, a baby girl. 

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The Leicester City star took to Instagram to share the good news with adorable photos of he and his wife with their newborn daughter, who they have named, Jaina. 

He wrote: ‘I’m Fortunate to know that ‘’God is gracious’’ – JAINA .’


The pair got married in May 2019. 

See full photos below.

Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred?Ndidi and wife Dinma welcome their first child together, a girl (photos)
Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred?Ndidi and wife Dinma welcome their first child together, a girl (photos)
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Atletico Madrid defender, Renan Lodi reportedly tests positive for Coronavirus

Atletico Madrid defender, Renan Lodi reportedly tests positive for Coronavirus
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Atletico Madrid and Brazilian full-back, Renan Lodi has reportedly tested positive for Coronavirus following massive squad testing this week. 

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According to Spanish news agency EFE, all players and staff, who arrived in gloves and masks for the medical exams, were tested for the novel Coronavirus, and  22-year-old Lodi tested positive.  

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Atletico Madrid defender, Renan Lodi reportedly tests positive for Coronavirus

It was also reported that nine other Atletico players were found to be immune from the virus after they showed antibodies, potentially having had and overcome the virus. 

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This means, they are no longer contagious and will, therefore, be able to train with the rest of their team-mates.

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Spanish’s La Liga is tipped to return on the 20th of June with the remaining fixtures set to be played in five-weeks. 

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‘It’s not a matter of money, it’s life or death’- FIFA medical chief tells English and German leagues to cancel the season like France and start again in August

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FIFA’s Chief Medic, Michael D’Hooghe, has warned against the dangers of the English and German leagues plan to restart football quickly amid the Coronavirus pandemic as Coronavirus lockdown restrictions are slowly being eased across Europe.

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Michael D’Hooghe said football chiefs should see the Coronavirus crisis as a ‘life and death’ situation and postpone football till August as players spitting on the pitch could unleash deadly second wave of the virus.

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His warning comes after France joined Holland and Belgium to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20  football season with no football until August but Germany’s Bundesliga has revealed plans subject to approval from the federal government and state health authorities, to get going the season going on May 9. The Bundesliga is not alone in it’s efforts to restart football as the Premier League is working towards trying to conclude the 2019-20 season in June and July.

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D’Hooghe expressed concern that players on a football field would not be able to adhere to these rules fearing changing jerseys, showering together and spitting on the ground could spread the virus.

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Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, D’Hooghe said: ‘We are all subject to decisions at national level from the public authorities. It is very simple. Football suddenly becomes not the most important thing in life.

‘I will be happy if we can start, in a convenient way, the next championship and have nothing before the start of next season.

‘If they could start the season 2020-21 end of August or beginning of September I would be happy. Then they could eventually avoid a second attack from the virus, which is not impossible.

‘Everyone has to be very careful for the moment. I have heard in many countries they are thinking about playing football again, with or without the public.

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‘In my long career I have seen many situations where there has been a balance between economic and health. Mostly the economics won, whether that was about jetlag or football at altitude or in extreme conditions such as pollution situations.

‘If there is one circumstance where medical arguments should win against economical arguments, it is now. It is not a matter of money, it is a matter of life and death. It is very simple.’

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No sex or kissing a partner with symptoms – Germany’s Bundesliga outline new rules for players as they aim to restart on May 9

No sex or kissing a partner with symptoms - Germany?s Bundesliga outline new rules for players as they aim to restart on May 9
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Germany’s Bundesliga has outlined new rules for players as they aim to restart on May 9.

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In a new document obtained by Mail Online Sport, the German FA and the DFL detailed how the game can return safely amid the Coronavirus crisis and how players will train and play matches before the season is finished.

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According to the rules outlined in the document, players can live either in team hotels or at home but sex and kissing is banned if they or their partners show symptoms of the virus.

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Stadiums will allow a maximum of 300 people at one time, including four policemen, 10 journalists, four ball boys, eight groundsmen, and 50 security staff.

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Read the new rules below. 

HOW PLAYERS CAN TRAIN 

The whole team will be tested before their first training session, then twice a week until the end of the season, one of which is just before a match. Players should also stagger their arrival at training and text the hygiene officer to confirm they are clear of any symptoms. 

Contact training should be minimised with team meetings held in big rooms and only for ‘compelling reasons’, with players keeping two metres apart. No eating will be allowed in the kitchen and food must be taken away. 

Players will be encouraged to shower and change at home and they must put their own kit and boots into the washing machine. 

WHO YOU CAN WATCH  

If the Bundesliga resumes on May 9 with the fixtures which were originally scheduled for that day, it would feature a real blockbuster between third-placed Leipzig and the side immediately above them, Borussia Dortmund.

That means a showdown between two of the German top-flight’s superstars, Dortmund’s England ace Jadon Sancho and Liverpool target Timo Werner.

And fans starved of live action will have plenty more big names to admire as the first of Europe’s big leagues returns.

HOW PLAYERS CAN PLAY  

Teams should arrive on several buses to help increase distance, or wear face masks. Their buses will be disinfected before entering the stadium. Each team should arrive and leave at a different time, and for home games players should arrive in their own cars.

The body temperature of players will taken on arrival with ear thermometers, and each room will also be disinfected, with doors to be left open.

Starting line-ups and subs should change in different facilities and warm up separately. Their time spent in the dressing-room will be kept to a minimum with two-metre social distancing imposed and players will shower individually.

The food is to be prepared in advance by team chef, and players will only use personalised drinks bottles.

Private conversations must be avoided to maintain distancing, with whispering to be avoided. 

Both teams will not be in the tunnel at the same time, and there will also be no player escorts, no mascots, no team photos, no handshakes. The teams will not stand alongside each other either.

Substitutes on the bench are also set to sit two or three seats apart with some seated up in the stands if needed.

And the post-match interviews are to be kept to a minimum with no mixed zone access.

WHERE PLAYERS CAN LIVE  

AT A HOTEL 

Teams should either have their own hotel or have their own floor, with their own entrance and elevator, to avoid contact with other hotel visitors and maintaining two-metre distancing between each other. 

Players will press lift buttons with their elbows, but will not be able to use the bar or room service.

They are also to wear masks outside their own room with no cleaning of the rooms to take place while the team is in the hotel.

AT THEIR HOME

Players will be instructed to stay inside as much as possible, receive few visitors, and also avoid crowds if they go out with no use of public transport whilst maintaining two-metre distancing.

They must keep a record of family members and their safety record.

They will also be told to avoid kissing or sex with partners who are showing symptoms and to not share toothbrushes, towels, dishes, drinks or bed sheets.

But there will be no need for them to wear masks unless when people visit or they come into possible contact with an infected person.

Players will have to cough and sneeze at least two metres away from each other and turn around and preferably into handkerchief or into arm. They will also disinfect surfaces regularly.

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Montpellier midfielder, Junior Sambia placed into a Coma after testing positive for Coronavirus

 Montpellier midfielder, Junior Sambia placed into a Coma after testing positive for Coronavirus
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Montpellier and French football star, Junior Sambia has been placed into an ‘artificial coma due to the severity of his symptoms’ after he tested positive for Coronavirus.

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The 23-year-old defensive midfielder is the first player in Ligue 1, the top division in France, to be diagnosed with the deadly virus.

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Sambia’s agent revealed that his symptoms became so severe that after he changed hospital, staff made the decision to put him into a coma.

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‘His condition is stable this Friday. It has not deteriorated, nor improved,’ his agent Frederic Guerra told Le Parisien. 

‘It is tough. He really respected confinement. He did everything well. He must have contracted the virus while shopping.

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‘He suffered three days of severe diarrhoea – like gastroenteritis. Then, on Tuesday morning, he went to the hospital. I reached him when he was on an IV. 

‘He had just received the COVID-19 test result. This one was negative. He was due to leave on Wednesday, then his condition worsened with his lungs.

‘It grew more complicated in transit. He went back to the same hospital, then he changed hospitals twice before being placed in an artificial coma.’

Montpellier had earlier released a statement announcing that one of their players had been hospitalised due to ‘digestive and respiratory problems’ but the club did not make any link to the Coronavirus. 

Sambia is a defensive midfielder for Montpellier and has made 22 appearances in all competitions for the club this season, netting one goal before the French league was suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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I struggled to breathe – Juventus Star, Dybala shares his coronavirus nightmare

I struggled to breathe ? Juventus Star, Dybala shares his coronavirus nightmare

Juventus Football Club Star, Paulo Dybala on Friday March 27, shared his sad ordeal after testing positive for coronavirus which has killed over 9,000 people in Italy. 

In an interview with JTV, the Argentine international who was tested positive for the virus alongside his teammates Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi who both had no symptoms, recalled struggling to breathe. 

Dybala however disclosed that he has overcome symptoms of the virus with his fiancée Oriana Sabatini, and now feels better. 

He said; 

“I feel better now after some strong symptoms.  A couple of days ago I was not well, I felt heavy and after five minutes of movement I had to stop because I was struggling to breathe.

“Now I can move and walk to start trying to train, because when I tried in the past few days I started to shake too much.

“I gasped for air and as a result I couldn’t do anything, after five minutes I was already very tired, I felt the body heavy and my muscles hurt.

“Now I’m fine. My fiancée Oriana (Sabatini) has also overcome the symptoms.”

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Liverpool have been crowned as the premier league champions

Yesterday, Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions.

Liverpool is 25 points clear and Manchester City has ten games left, so theoretically given the FA has said that the earliest we could resume is April 30 the earliest Liverpool could win the league is probably some point in early May.

Not technically of course, but the very significant announcement from the game’s governing bodies that the end date for the 2019-20(21?)

season has been put back “indefinitely” means that whenever football finally returns, in whatever form it returns, the season will be completed.

And it is undoubtedly the correct decision.

Not just for Liverpool, who deserve an official title as well as the moral one they have already secured, but for the integrity of the English game as a whole.

Even if it proceeds behind-closed-doors during a mist of matches between May and the end of June, as the current plan seems to dictate, the integrity of the game depends on the season everyone has invested so much in being played out to a conclusion.