The English Football Association is cutting 82 jobs to cover an anticipated 300 million pound ($370 million) deficit due to the coronavirus pandemic restricting crowds at games and more events being canceled. Wembley Stadium, which is owned by the FA, was due to stage seven games at the European Championship including the semifinals and finals next month but the tournament was postponed by a year.
Other events, including concerts and two NFL regular season games, that were due to be staged at English soccer’s 90,000-capacity national stadium this year have also been called off. “We have already lost that money and there is no way we can recover it. The pandemic will be followed by an economic recession, so there will be problems that last for years,” FA chairman Greg Clarke said on Monday.
Nepal past 3,000 mark
Nepal’s coronavirus tally crossed the 13,000-mark with the detection of 475 new cases in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Monday. Of the new cases, 363 are males and 112 females, health ministry spokesperson Jageshwar Gautam said at his daily press briefing.
The COVID-19 tally in the country now stands at 13,248, he said, adding that the virus has so far claimed 29 lives. As many as 3,134 coronavirus patients have recovered from the disease. As on Monday, 10,085 were undergoing treatment at different health facilities across the country, the ministry said. The health authorities have so far conducted 223,630 tests to detect coronavirus infection.