Coronavirus latest: PL, UEFA to hold
Coronavirus latest: PL, UEFA to hold
Premier League, UEFA, EFL and IOC among organisations holding meetings this week to decide future of sporting events.ey meetings
‘A TIME FOR COOL HEADS’
Here is more from the EFL – who say no decisions have been taken regarding any possible resumption of the season.
EFL Chair Rick Parry (pictured) said: “These are indeed challenging times for the League, its Clubs and the game as a whole.
“However, now is the time for cool heads and calm reflection, rather than speculation, as we look to steer our competitions and Clubs through this period of uncertainty.”
LEWIS HITS THE WAVES
Keeping fit Down Under and that’s Lewis Hamilton who’s been practising his surfing to find another way to keep busy following the delay to the F1 season.
BORO CARRYING ON
Middlesbrough head coach Jonathan Woodgate will continue to train his players until told otherwise as English football decides on the way forward amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Woodgate and his squad were back on the training pitch at Rockliffe Park on Monday morning despite the English Football League’s decision last week to postpone games for the rest of the month.
The former England defender has been speaking to the club’s website…..
“We’re following the advice of the government and the football authorities. We have an excellent medical team here as well who will provide guidance.
“Our plan is to work as normal in terms of training unless we’re told otherwis
EFL: NO DECISIONS TAKEN YET
The EFL has just released a statement saying there is no decision regarding the remainder of the season – despite a great deal of speculation over the weekend.
The statement read in part: “While the League and its Board understand there is a strong desire from both the media and general public to understand what may happen next, there have been no decisions taken.
“The League also feels it is inappropriate to respond to the many hypothetical solutions being suggested while the many unknowns remain.”
CATALANS DRAGONS CLOSE OFFICES
Catalans Dragons have announced they are closing their offices until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
France has shut down most shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities – including ski resorts – from midnight on Saturday as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, which has claimed 127 lives in the country, according to latest figures.
Catalans said in a statement: “Following the French Government announcement to close all non-essential locations to fight the accelerating coronavirus epidemic, the club will adjust activities and operations by taking the necessary measures for the health of all concerned.
“The club has decided to close the offices until further notice.”
FOWLER: PL SEASON MUST BE CONCLUDED
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes the current Premier League season must be played to a conclusion, however long that may take.
Fowler is now manager of Brisbane Roar in Australia’s A-League, which confirmed on Monday it will play the final six matches of their regular season behind closed doors.
He believes that is the right principle and thinks the Premier League should follow suit, however long it takes to get the campaign restarted.
“I think the season has to play out, regardless of how long we have to wait,” he told Sky Sports News.
“In all fairness, I think they (the Premier League) should wait as long as it takes and then play all the games.
“If any season is going to be interrupted it should be next season because then everyone starts on a level playing field and knows what the implications are.”
WHAT COULD BE DECIDED THIS WEEK?
Sport’s governing bodies have some big decisions to make in the coming days as the coronavirus pandemic continues to have a major impact on the calendar.
BOSNICH BACKS EUROS POSTPONEMENT
Bosnich also believes there is no other option but to postpone this summer’s Euros which is being held across the continent to help see the domestic league campaigns come to a conclusion.
Italy’s football federation will ask for Euro 2020 to be postponed over the coronavirus outbreak so they can complete the Serie A season.
Asked whether the Euros could still be held this summer, Bosnich said: “Right now, no. I think that should be postponed.
“That will be the time of the year that the Premier League and other leagues around Europe will have the opportunity to finish off their season.
“I understand as well, especially from being in Australia where we are not as advanced as some countries in Europe, listening to medical advice is number one. It is paramount that medical people are listened to.
“Maybe they can’t make a decision right now and have to reassess soon. At this moment in time would it be held [and] the answer is no.
“It is the first time the Euros are going to be held over 12 cities. I am definitely leaning heavily towards the fact that it will be postponed, even if it is just to allow the leagues to complete their seasons before [the Euros] go ahead.”
The Premier League will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to establish plans for the remainder of the season.
By then they will have further information on the ongoing impact to football after Tuesday’s UEFA European football stakeholders meeting, which is expected to lead to the postponement of this summer’s Euros.
Questions over who will gain European football next season and avoid relegation will be of the upmost importance at this week’s meeting, says Bosnich.
“The Premier League will have a lot of contingencies in place and what they have got to take into consideration is not so much [just] awarding the title,” he said.
“I think everybody much knows if the season continued Liverpool would win the title, no problem. It is going to be the top four places and obviously the relegation places as well.
“That opens up a legal mindfield so I am sure the Premier League will have every contingency in place as best they can.
“But as with everybody else in the world, because of the situation and the way it is moving so fast, the only thing you can do is to prepare for every possible contingency as best you can.”
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EDWARDS ‘DREAM’ FIGHT AGAINST WOODLEY OFF
Leon Edwards has confirmed his showdown against Tyron Woodley is off despite the UFC’s insistence that its London event this weekend would be relocated rather than cancelled.
The British welterweight could have put himself in the shop window for a title shot against Kamaru Usman later this year with victory over former champion Woodley in their scheduled headliner at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night.
But because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak – as well as the US travel restrictions which now include the UK and Ireland – the UFC announced on Sunday that its show would be moved away from the venue and possibly overseas.
The Birmingham fighter said in a statement on his social media channels: “We have been working with the UFC on possible solutions to keep the fight alive, but unfortunately with such a short window of time, nothing was viable.
“Myself and my team are all fathers, husbands, sons and brothers, and not all of us can leave our families right now.
“I wish we could have found a way for the fans, I truly do. I have been dreaming of headlining a UFC show in my home country since I started this sport. This cancellation is truly heartbreaking.”
SHOULD THE PL SEASON BE ‘NULL AND VOID’?
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes it would be “terrible” if Liverpool were not awarded the Premier League title due to the coronavirus pandemic.
West Ham vice-chair Karen Brady called over the weekend in her national newspaper column for the league season to be made ‘null and void’ but Bosnich is against such an outcome.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Bosnich said: “I understand that if that is what has to happen in the end then you have to accept it because it is an unprecedented situation.
“But I don’t think at this moment in time you should be looking at null and void. Hopefully the curve as everyone keeps talking about will flatten out and the season will be able to be completed, albeit at a later date.
“There is just so much at stake. Even as an ex-Manchester United player I think it would be terrible for Liverpool not to be awarded the title just because of this situation.”
PAKISTAN CRICKET HIT
Pakistan has postponed next month’s Test match and a one-day international against Bangladesh as the virus continues to affect sport.
Bangladesh were due to arrive at Karachi on March 29 ahead of a one-dayer on April 1. The Test match – the second in the series – had been scheduled to start on April 5.
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday said it will work together with the Bangladesh Cricket Board to identify a future opportunity to complete the ICC World Test Championship commitment.
The PCB has also postponed its domestic limited-overs tournament — the Pakistan Cup — which was due to start March 25.
The cricketing activities in Pakistan will be halted after Wednesday’s Pakistan Super League Twenty20 final, which will be played at Lahore in an empty stadium .
A number of foreign players competing in the tournament have already left for their homes.
EURO 2020 IN DOUBT
Will we see football’s European Championships this summer? Italy’s football federation is set to ask for it to be called off over the coronavirus outbreak so they can complete the Serie A season.
Gabriele Gravina, president of the Italian Football Federation, has been speaking on the SportMediaset television channel…..
“We will propose to UEFA the delay of the European Championships. We will try to get to the end of this [domestic] championship because it is fairer and more correct after the many investments and sacrifices of our clubs.”
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TOKYO GAMES HAPPENING?
The IOC will hold talks with heads of international sports organisations on Tuesday in response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Reuters.
The virus, which originated in China late last year, has killed more than 6,000 people around the world and infected more than 160,000.
In a statement to Reuters, the IOC says: “Since this situation started to develop some weeks ago, the IOC is constantly updating its stakeholders on the latest developments. The calls are part of this regular information sharing process.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo 2020 organisers have reiterated that preparations are going on for the Games to
CASTY REFUSING TO TRAVEL WITH CATALANS
Catalans Dragons captain Remi Casty says he will not travel to England for Sunday’s Betfred Super League match against Wigan.
A meeting of clubs in Huddersfield on Monday is expected to pave the way for a shutdown of the league due to the coronavirus pandemic but Casty has told the Perpignan-based L’Independent newspaper that he has taken the matter into his own hands.
“I’m not sick, I’m not afraid of being either, but I don’t want to catch this virus and pass it on to someone more fragile,” Casty said.
“You have to be responsible for your actions, it is not a simple flu, we have never known a health crisis of this magnitude.
“I have just warned my team-mates and the staff that I will not be present tomorrow (Monday) in training. I made this decision and I will stick to it
AUSSIE RULES SEASON CUT, DECISION ON WEEK 1 TBC
AFL bosses have confirmed the 2020 season will be cut back from 22 games to 17 with each team playing one another just once.
The season is scheduled to get underway on Thursday but a decision is yet to be made whether that will be the case – that decision is expected to be confirmed in the next 24 hours.
Players from all teams will be consulted before any decision is made.
The AFL also confirmed that, should a player test positive for COVID-19, the league would be forced to “down tools” across the competition.
TORONTO STAND DOWN SQUAD, FOUR SELF-ISOLATE
Toronto Wolfpack stood down their entire playing staff in the UK after four players showed “mild possible symptoms” of COVID-19.
The Super League, in which the Canadian club competes, had elected to carry on with matches over the weekend even though most elite sports events in Britain were suspended due to the virus outbreak.
However, a positive test at the club could force future matches to be temporarily suspended.
“We have advised four of our players who have experienced mild possible symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate in accordance with the guidelines set by the UK government,” head coach Brian McDermott said in a club statement.
“We take this very seriously and as a precaution, we have stood down our entire playing staff in the UK.
“Our main goal is to prevent further spread to our playing squad and their immediate family members, therefore we are now postponing all practice and have tasked our squad with keeping themselves healthy.”
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HOW MUCH CAN CHANGE IN NINE PL GAMES?
These are uncertain and unprecedented times. The coronavirus pandemic has led to the postponement of the Premier League season with nine games remaining, and so far there are more questions than answers.
The integrity of the competition will be at stake when the Premier League holds its emergency meeting on Thursday.
It is by far the biggest challenge facing new chief executive Richard Masters, but the likelihood of more positive tests among players and coaching staff will surely provide the biggest obstacle to ensuring all clubs return to action at the same time….
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WOLFPACK STAND DOWN ENTIRE SQUAD
Super League Toronto Wolfpack have stood down their entire playing staff in the UK after four players experienced mild possible symptoms of coronavirus.
A statement, put out on behalf of head coach Brian McDermott, said: “We take this very seriously.
“We train in an environment where we interact with students and members of the public and we vehemently do not want to act as a possible vector for COVID-19 which is why we have taken this immediate action.
“The health and welfare of our players, staff, fans and partners is always our primary concern. Our main goal is to prevent any further spread to our playing squad and their immediate family members, therefore we are now postponing all practice and have tasked our squad with keeping themselves healthy.
“We will continue to monitor this while providing updates to our League’s governors and wait for a directive from them.”
TEAM GB ATHLETE CALLS FOR OLYMPICS POSTPONEMENT
Great Britain’s Guy Learmonth has called on the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic in order to give athletes “some clarity, transparency and flexibility”.
Learmonth, who captained the GB team at the European Indoor Championships last year and hopes to compete in the 800 metres in Tokyo, favours delaying the Games until at least October or possibly even until 2021
SUSSEX PLAYERS & STAFF TO RETURN EARLY FROM CAPE TOWN
Players and staff currently in Cape Town for Sussex Cricket’s men’s pre-season tour will return to the UK on the next available flight.
The decision to end the trip early has been made in light of increasing global travel restrictions accompanying the coronavirus pandemic.
Sussex Cricket performance director, Keith Greenfield said: “We have been monitoring the fast-moving situation regarding coronavirus prior to and during the tour and, with travel restrictions increasing, we’ve made the decision to return to the UK at the earliest opportunity.
“This is obviously disappointing, but – as ever – the wellbeing of our players and staff is our number one priority.”
None of the touring party are displaying symptoms associated with the virus.
OLYMPIC BOXING QUALIFYING TO BE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic boxing qualifying tournament at the Copper Box Arena in London will continue behind closed doors from Monday due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The event, involving 342 male and female boxers from more than 40 countries with 77 Olympic spots available, remained open to spectators over the weekend despite various boxing events in Europe being cancelled, postponed or held behind closed.
No spectators will be permitted to attend the event at either the 12pm or 6pm sessions taking place on March 16
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BENALI: I UNDERSTAND ROONEY’S CONCERN
Former Southampton full-back Francis Benali says he understands Wayne Rooney’s criticism of the authorities but says they had to make decisions ‘minute by minute’.
MAN UTD’S DALOT URGES EVERYONE TO STAY SAFE
BRADY HAS HER VIEW….
West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has reiterated her stance that the Premier League should be null and void if games are not able to be completed…
My point was safety of fans, players, staff come 1st & if the remaining games just cannot be played the only fair & reasonable thing is to declare season null and void. Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the PL/EFL games have not actually been played in full? 2/2 https://t.co/JTQukQv30Y
— Lady Karren Brady (@karren_brady) March 15, 2020
HOW COULD THE PL RESUME?
The Premier League has been left in limbo after the postponement of the campaign until April 4 at the earliest as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Officials from all 20 clubs will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to establish plans for the remainder of the season, with one senior source at a Premier League club telling Sky Sports there is a 75 per cent chance this season will not be completed.
Premier League officials have been gathering expert medical advice and will put forward several options to all 20 clubs, with detailed financial and sporting implications.
So, as the clubs try to plot a way forward, here’s what some of the options might be.
BRAZILIAN LEAGUE SUSPENDED
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) have suspended all national competitions due to the coronavirus outbreak, but said it was up to local federations to decide whether to halt the state championships currently under way.
The Brazilian Cup, the women’s first and second divisions, and two youth competitions, were halted until further notice, the CBF said.
The main national championships, Series A through D, do not start until May.
“In relation to the state championships, in respect of their local autonomy, the state football federations, the organising authorities, will have to (decide) on each competition,” the CBF said.
The decision came hours after Porto Alegre club Gremio threatened to strike unless football was halted.
The Gremio players and coach took to the field before their Gaucho state championship match against Sao Luiz wearing face masks.
WOOLF DEMANDS ‘STRONG DECISION’ BY RUGBY LEAGUE CHIEFS
St Helens coach Kristian Woolf has called on Super League and the Rugby Football League to make a clear decision on whether the competition will be shut down because of coronavirus.
While fixtures in most professional sporting competitions in the UK have been postponed because of the disease, rugby league has yet to follow suit.
A meeting of Super League clubs is planned for Monday and Woolf believes the powerbrokers need to decide how to move forward quickly to end the uncertainty.
“We just need a really good, strong decision,” he said. “We can’t go week to week wondering what’s going on. We need a really good, strong decision and then we can all crack on and figure out what we have to do with it.
“I wouldn’t have a clue what’s going to happen, to be honest. I’m presuming that something’s going to happen there in terms of the competition, whether it’s paused or we go behind closed doors.”
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VAN DIJK FEARS WINNING PL WITHOUT FANS
Virgil van Dijk says he would be “gutted” if the coronavirus outbreak stops Liverpool fans watching the team win the league title for the first time in 30 years.
The Premier League has been suspended until April 4 with Liverpool 25 points clear at the top of the table.
Despite the uncertainty of how, or if, the season will be completed, Van Dijk has pledged to bring the title to Liverpool’s fans.
He told Dutch newspapers: “If we won it in an empty stadium and the fans weren’t there, I’d be gutted for them.”
ARSENAL’S OZIL TO PLAY FORTNITE FOR CHARITY
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VERSTAPPEN BEATEN BY GAMERS IN VIRTUAL F1 RACE
Red Bull Formula One driver Max Verstappen could only finish 11th in an ‘All-star Esports battle’ to fill the gap left by the coronavirus-caused cancellation of Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
The 12 lap race around a virtual version of the Nuerburgring, a German track no longer on the F1 calendar, was won by Slovenian Jernej Simoncic and dominated by leading professional gamers.
Organisers The Race and parent company Torque Esports had assembled a field of real world drivers along with top simulator racers with a total prize pot of $10,000 and $4,000 for the winner.
Swedish IndyCar driver and former Formula E race winner Felix Rosenqvist was the highest-ranked real world driver in seventh place with former F1 drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Rubens Barrichello also taking
FORMER CITY PLAYER MANGALA HAS CORONAVIRUS
Former Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, now at Valencia, has tested positive for coronavirus.
The player does not have any symptoms but took to twitter to advise everyone to “follow the confinement measures and avoid contact with other people.”
— Eliaquim Mangala (@Elia22Mangala) March 15, 2020
GRAND NATIONAL IN DOUBT AS BRITISH HORSERACING GOES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
The Grand National is in doubt after the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced that racing is set to move behind closed doors later in the week, initially until the end of March.
The Grand National race, scheduled to take place on April 4, is the marquee event during the annual three-day Grand National festival at Aintree.
Aintree Racecourse officials are continuing with their preparations for the meeting to go ahead as normal.
SMITH: RUGBY LEAGUE WILL BE SHUT DOWN
Hull KR head coach Tony Smith expects rugby league to become the lasthigh-profile sport in the UK to go into shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rovers edged their way to a dramatic 22-19 win in the Challenge Cup over Championship side Leigh at Craven Park.
Unlike the majority of professional sports in this country, rugby league has played on but Smith does not expect that to last for too much longer.
Smith said: “I think everybody’s looking for an indication on what’s coming next for sport and our sport in particular.
“We will probably go along with the trend of most other sports. I can’t see us being the exception for too much longer.
“This round of course we were lucky to get through and I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a break.”
Smith also revealed Ryan Brierley had been away from the squad after displaying cold-like symptoms during the week before returning to training too late to make the match-day line-up.
ITALY TO ASK FOR EURO 2020 TO BE POSTPONED
Italy’s football federation will ask for Euro 2020 to be postponed over the coronavirus outbreak so they can complete the Serie A season.
“We will propose to UEFA the delay of the European Championships,” Gabriele Gravina, president of the Italian Football Federation told the SportMediaset television channel.
“We will try to get to the end of this [domestic] championship because it is fairer and more correct after the many investments and sacrifices of our clubs.
HORSE RACING SET TO MOVE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
The British Horseracing Authority has announced racing is set to move “behind closed doors later in the week, initially until the end of March”.
Fixtures in Ireland were closed to the public from Friday evening and it is a similar situation in Scotland, following guidance from the Irish and Scottish governments regarding the banning of mass gatherings with over 500 people.
A statement issued by the BHA read: “Racing industry leaders are preparing to hold race meetings without spectators and to ensure that the competitors and participants attending only do so under strict conditions.
“The sport’s tripartite leadership, including racecourses, participants and the governing body, the British Horseracing Authority, will tomorrow discuss an approach recommended by the industry’s COVID 19 group.
“It is likely to mean that racing moves behind closed doors later in the week, initially until the end of March. Racing’s fixture list will also be considered.”
POGBA SETS UP CORONAVIRUS FUNDRAISER
Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba has pledged financial aid to Unicef in a bid to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Pogba, who turned 27 on Sunday, has promised to double the amount raised if he reaches his fund target of £27,000.
Donations, which will go towards supporting children affected by the outbreak, had already reached £2,000 within a few hours of its launch.
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JAZZ C GOBERT SAYS HE’S ‘FEELING A LITTLE BETTER’
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert says he is “feeling a little better” in a video updating his status since testing positive for the coronavirus.
“I’m going to start by saying thank you to all the people that have been supportive and for all the positive energy. It really means a lot,” he said in a video posted on the NBA.com Twitter feed.
“As for myself, I’ve been feeling a little better every single day thanks to the health care people of Utah and Oklahoma City and all the great people around me.”
Gobert, 27, was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, prompting the league to suspend its regular season indefinitely, just minutes after the Jazz and Thunder were set to tip off in Oklahoma City.
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— NBA (@NBA) March 15, 2020
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MLS COMMISSIONER RELEASES STATEMENT
MLS Commissioner Don Garber has issued a statement saying the organisation is working closely with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Public Health Agency of Canada to plan the resumption of the MLS season.
They are still evaluating options to reschedule the postponed matches (including David Beckham’s Inter Miami and their home debut v LA Galaxy)
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— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 15, 2020
SWISS FA PRESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS
Dominique Blanc, the Swiss FA President, has tested positive for coronavirus.
Blanc attended UEFA Congress, less than two weeks ago, attended by all 55 national associations in Amsterdam;
“I feel pretty good right now and have only mild flu symptoms,” Blanc said in a statement released by the federatio
ITALIAN FA TO ASK UEFA TO POSTPONE EURO 2020
Italy’s football federation will ask for the Euro 2020 tournament to be postponed over the coronavirus outbreak in the hope of being able to complete the Serie A season, its president has said.
“We will propose to UEFA the delay of the European championship,” Gabriele Gravina told the SportMediaset television channel, adding that, like Serie A, other leagues around Europe were also on hold.
“We will try to get to the end of this championship because it is fairer and more correct after the many investments and sacrifices of our clubs.”
Top-flight football across Europe has ground to a halt as a result of the spread of the coronavirus, with national and continental club competitions suspended or postponed.
YANKEES MINOR-LEAGUER TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS
A minor league player for the New York Yankees has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The unidentified player is the first known case in baseball with the Yankees confirming the news that the player had spent time only at the team’s minor league facility and was never at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
The player was quarantined and tested Friday after reporting he was running a fever.
Major League Baseball cancelled the rest of spring training on Thursday and delayed the start of the regular season for at least two weeks due to the COVID-19 crisis
MLB CAUTIONS PLAYERS TO END GROUP WORKOUTS
Major League Baseball have issued a memo advising teams to avoid group workouts while the sport is on hiatus due to coronavirus.
“Clubs should avoid all activities in which players congregate in significant numbers or are otherwise unable to practice the ‘social distancing’ protocols recommended by the CDC,” read the memo from deputy commissioner Dan Halem.
“The risk of a player in a Club facility contracting the virus is real, and we must implement protocols to protect the safety and well-being of our players and staff members.”
The league have cancelled the rest of spring training and delayed the opening of the 2020 season for at least two weeks.
Commissioner Rob Manfred has scheduled a conference call for Monday to update teams on further developments and to provide more guidance.
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