2020/21 UEFA Club competitions: Automatic forfeit for teams in countries affected by travel restrictions

first_img Source: Getfootballnewesfrance.com UEFA have published a list of rules around COVID-19 to ensure that Europa League and Champions’ League matches occur as normal over the course of the 2020/21 campaign.The UEFA Executive Committee met on Tuesday to approve these new regulations, which will uniquely come into effect for next season’s matches and not the games coming this month to complete the 2019/20 campaign.Amongst the rules, UEFA has placed the burden on the home side to find an alternative stadium, in a neutral country, if their opponent faces national government restrictions on the part of the home club’s government that bans them from travelling to the home side’s country. If the home club fails to find an alternative venue, then they forfeit the match by default and will lose the game.If restrictions are imposed by governments at the last minute impacting a match from being played, then whichever club’s country is responsible for the match not occurring will lose the match by forfeit.If a team has 10 or more cases of COVID-19 inside their squad, then they will be obliged to play if they have 13 or more players (including one goalkeeper) available from their submitted A list. If they have less than 13 available, they will be able to field players who were not initially included in a club’s submitted squad for either the Europa League or Champions’ League. If they cannot get together a 13 man squad, then they will forfeit the match and lose 3-0.If a referee suffers from COVID-19 and is designated to officiate a Champions’ League or Europa League match but is unable to do so, then in these extraordinary circumstances a referee of the same nationality as the home club will be able to referee the game.last_img read more

Chelsea dropped Kepa, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world

first_imgWilly Caballero has been selected ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga to start Chelsea’s important Premier League clash with the Wolves at Stamford Bridge.The Blues need one point to be sure of Champions League football next season, with third-placed Manchester United and fifth-placed Leicester City playing each other. Frank Lampard has opted for a change in goal, however, with regular understudy Caballero preferred to Kepa. “I think clearly you want them to be talented, to keep balls out of the net. It’s old-school but it’s the first and foremost job in what a goalkeeper should keep closest to their heart,” he said. “The idea of clean sheets, it’s not always culpable on them, of course, for a ‘keeper to have a real desire and talent to produce that. But in the modern day they are even more involved than ever. To use their feet, to be a personality, all-round ability which you see with the top level goalkeepers in the world. We were fortunate to see at Chelsea that we had ones we can certainly say were part of huge eras for the club. That has to be Kepa’s desire, to be that person for this club and be a goalkeeper in his own right to say that he’s a huge part of a successful team. It’s not just on Kepa, of course, but in his own way that is what he has to believe and work towards.”Kepa has made 33 Premier League appearances this season, having been previously dropped to the bench for a run of four league matches in February, when Caballero was preferred.The 38-year-old Argentina international failed to keep a clean sheet during that period and has not featured in the Premier League since, although he has played four of Chelsea’s five games en route to the FA Cup final.”If you’re sure about your keeper you start him every game. He cost £75M and he hasn’t been a success.”- Jamie Redknapp on Kepa’s future[via @footballdaily]pic.twitter.com/ov9y7ideYr— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) July 26, 2020 The Spain international’s performances have come in for frequent scrutiny this season and he endured a torrid outing during the 5-3 midweek defeat at champions Liverpool.“Just a choice, Kepa’s had some difficult times so I am playing Willy,” Lampard told Sky Sports.Frank Lampard on why he has dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga today.“Just a choice.” He’s clearly made his mind up long term, in my opinion. pic.twitter.com/EVtYdhFBQw— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) July 26, 2020Indeed, Arrizabalaga has never been far from the headlines after moving to London, with the 25-year-old famously disobeying former boss Maurizio Sarri during last season’s Carabao Cup final, refusing to come off the pitch despite the Italian boss trying to replace him.The shot-stopper has been linked with a move away from Chelsea throughout this season, with the Blues keen on Atletico Madrid’s ever-reliable Jan Oblak, who would command €120 million (£110m/$137.5m) fee as per his release clause.After being dropped today he likely also won’t play in the FA Cup Final, meaning Kepa may have played his last game for Chelsea.A truly awful transfer for £72m, and I give Lampard huge credit for being ruthless despite the price tag.With that said, I wish him well elsewhere. pic.twitter.com/9o6k2cCVnu— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) July 26, 2020Lampard had previously challenged Kepa to up his game.last_img read more

The enterprise edition will offer Google Cloud Pla

first_imgThe enterprise edition will offer Google Cloud Platform Terms of Service, Google’s Data Privacy and Security Terms, ability to scale apps up or down based on user demand, and pay-as-you-go voice support. Other features include an integrated code editor for building serverless applications, cross-platform and multi-language support, and Google Cloud Speech for real-time streaming and synchronous modes. Companies have already started to take advantage of the Dialogflow Enterprise Edition. PolicyBazaar, a insurance marketplace in India, recently used the solution to create and deploy a conversational assisted chatbot. UNIQLO, a Japanese retailer, used the solution to integrate a chatbot into its mobile app. The chatbot is able to respond to customer questions and help in-store as well as online customers. “Our shopping chatbot was developed using Dialogflow to offer a new type of shopping experience through a messaging interface, with responses continually being improved through machine learning. Going forward, we’re also looking to expand the functionality to include voice recognition and multiple languages,” said Shinya Matsuyama, director of global digital commerce at UNIQLO. Google has announced a new solution for building voice and text conversational apps for the enterprise. Dialogflow Enterprise Edition is an end-to-end development suite designed to provide natural and rich interactions between users and businesses. Dialogflow was previously known as Google’s API.AI. The beta release of the enterprise edition provides all the benefits of Dialogflow with the ability to grow and scale for larger businesses. In addition, the company announced speech integration will now be included with Dialogflow so developers can build voice-based applications. Dialogflow uses machine learning to power conversational interactions, enables developers to build once and deploy everywhere, and provides advanced fulfillment options such as processing an order or answering a question. “From chatbots to IoT devices, conversational apps provide a richer and more natural experience for users. Dialogflow (formerly API.AI) was created for exactly that purpose — to help developers build interfaces that offer engaging, personal interactions,” Dan Aharon, product manager for cloud AI at Google, wrote in a post. last_img read more