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SLFA Clears the Air on Use of FIFA COVID Relief Funds.

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The Executive Committee of the St. Lucia Football Association and the presidents and secretaries of five football leagues held a Zoom meeting with officials of FIFA on Wednesday 14th April with the sole purpose of obtaining clarification on the use of the COVID-19 Funds provided by FIFA to member associations.

The FIFA officials made it abundantly clear that the funds provided under the COVID-19 relief package were to be used exclusively to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on football. In a missive released by the SLFA, the association explains that: on the issue of payments to players, FIFA official Mr. Marlon Glean advised that the St. Lucia Football Association was under no obligation to pay any non-contractual player. The FIFA officer further informed the attendees that where a St. Lucian player is on contract with an overseas club but has returned to St. Lucia as a result of COVID19, the onus is on the overseas club with the player is contracted, to assist the player since that club would have received Covid 19 funds from its association. The St. Lucia Football Association received the first allocation of the COVID-19 Relief Funds of US $500 000 in June 2020. Those funds had to be utilized before December 15th 2020. Therefore, no COVID-19 Funds could have been issued after December 15th 2020. The use of the funds have been audited by FIFA and based on this audit the second installment of US$500 000 is made available as of March 2021. Murmurs were being held in some quarters about the SLFA’s use of funds amidst St Lucia’s non participation in this year’s World Cup Qualifiers. As such, the Association ensured that all clarity was provided to its members and the wider public.

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Steph Curry Scores 2nd NBA Scoring Title

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Stephen Curry secured his second NBA scoring title with a game-high 46 points in the Golden State Warriors’ 113-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Curry finished the regular season with a 32.0-point scoring average, taking top spot ahead of the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal who finished on 31.3 points per game. Curry, 33, joins Michael Jordan as the only NBA players to win a scoring title after turning 33. He won his first in 2016.

In winning their sixth straight game, the Warriors claimed the number eight position in this week’s play-in tournament. The play-in tournament has been introduced on a one-year basis for the 2020-21 season, and will determine who takes the seventh and eighth seeded positions in each conference for the play-offs. In the Western Conference, the Warriors will play the Los Angeles Lakers, while the San Antonio Spurs face the Grizzlies. In the Eastern Conference, the Washington Wizards take on the Boston Celtics, and the Charlotte Hornets play the Indiana Pacers. The NBA play-in tournament starts on Tuesday, while the play-offs start on 22 May.

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Chelsea to play Man City in Champions League Final in Instanbul

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Chelsea will face Manchester City in the Champions League final in Istanbul after convincingly overcoming a fading Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

On a night of high tension, even behind closed doors, Chelsea fully deserved a victory that sets up an all-English final against Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders on 29 May. Timo Werner headed in from almost on the goal-line in the 28th minute. Mount, sealed Chelsea’s place in their first Champions League final since they won the competition in 2012. Fans of this beautiful game will get a dry run of this final, as Chelsea is scheduled to take on Manchester City on Saturday from 12:30pm in the English Premier League.

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ManU Upcoming Games

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Manchester United’s postponed home Premier League match with Liverpool has been rearranged for Thursday, 13 May. The decision means United must play two games in the space of 50 hours as their home game against Leicester has been moved forward a day to Tuesday, 11 May. Liverpool’s game at West Brom, which was thought might be moved to accommodate the fixture, will remain as scheduled on Sunday, 16 May. As such, Manchester United will play a total of 4 games in just 8 days.

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