Doyle seals late Palace move

first_img The Republic of Ireland international ended last season on loan at QPR whilst his parent club were gaining promotion back into the Sky Bet Championship. Doyle, 30, has yet to turn out for Kenny Jackett’s side this season but has joined Palace until January to bolster Neil Warnock’s attacking options at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace have completed their third deadline day swoop by completing the loan signing of Wolves striker Kevin Doyle. He follows Zeki Fryers and James McArthur into the club on transfer deadline day as Warnock looks to make his mark on the Palace squad having replaced Tony Pulis as manager of the south London club. The loan signing of Wilfried Zaha was Warnock’s first piece of business and the trio add to the signings of Chris Kettings, Fraizer Campbell, Brede Hangeland and Martin Kelly – who all arrived before the former Sheffield United and QPR boss returned for a second stint at Palace. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Coronavirus: German football reluctant to play behind closed doors

first_imgBerlin: While Swiss, French, and Italian sports are shutting down doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, it gives Germany a very different picture. The reason might be the federal political system with local health authorities deciding in states and smaller regions about to run large-scale events or not.The German health minister’s recommendation, to consider canceling all events with more than 1000 people, isn’t compulsory but rather a suggestion.Despite that, German football fans might have to turn on their television sets to watch their favorite club play, reports Xinhua news agency.While Borussia Dortmund is facing a game behind closed doors in the last-16-round second leg in Paris, the authorities of the City Leipzig have decided to implement specific precautionary measures but run the game of RB Leipzig against Tottenham Hotspur with fans allowed on the stands.The City of Stuttgart made a similar decision for the second division top game of VfB Stuttgart against Arminia Bielefeld this Monday evening. Visitors will have their temperature checked at the gate by security.In Northern-Rhine Westphalia, the state with the highest rate of infection in Germany, things might end differently.The famous derby of Dortmund against Schalke this Saturday afternoon might have to take place behind closed doors. The state’s health minister Karl-Josef Laumann announced that a corresponding directive would be issued shortly. The Northern-Rhine Westphalian government intends to follow the German health minister’s advice.The intention might affect the postponed Bundesliga match between Moenchengladbach against Cologne, rescheduled for this Wednesday evening. City authorities said a decision would be announced by Tuesday.Meanwhile, Christian Seifert has announced that the games of the first three leagues must take place due to scheduling difficulties. The chairman of the Deutsche Fubball Liga (the German league association) said the season has to be finished orderly to provide facts regarding promotion and participation in international competitions.Clubs and associations said they keep close contact with health authorities, and decisions could change on a short-term basis.Cologne sporting director Horst Heldt said open-air events such as football games couldn’t be compared to in-doors sports events. Several other sports events, such as Badminton, have been called off.Bayern Munich professionals such as Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich expressed understanding for drastic measures but said football without fans wouldn’t provide the same atmosphere. Players and coaches might have to get prepared for a game in silence. IANSAlso Read: China paddlers shine at ITTF German OpenAlso Watch: Doul Govinda Temple agog as Holi beginslast_img read more