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Footballers in Norway temporarily laid off due to coronavirus

Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar discusses how moving Euro 2020 to 2021 will impact the football world.

Professional footballers in Norway have been temporarily laid off as clubs struggle to cope with the economic impact of the spread of the coronavirus, with the government stepping in to cover wages, players' union NISO has told Reuters.

With stadiums closed and uncertainty over TV revenues, clubs in other countries have issued financial warnings as the virus continues to spread, and Norway is believed to be the first country to announce such sweeping temporary layoffs.

While clubs in countries...

Norway keep qualification hopes alive with 4-0 win over Faroe Islands

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Norway kept alive their slim hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2020 with an easy 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands in a Group F qualifier on Friday.

Tore Reginiussen and Iver Fossum both scored in the opening eight minutes to put the home side in the driving seat and striker Alexander Soerloth added a quick-fire brace midway through the second half to secure the win.

The win puts Norway in fourth place on 14 points, six behind leaders Spain who play Malta later on Friday. Sweden are second...