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Novak Djokovic’s French Open quarter-final halted as 5,000 angry fans forced to exit stadium due to Covid-19 curfew



NOVAK DJOKOVIC earned a place in the French Open semi-final in an empty stadium after his match passed over a Covid curfew.

Some 5,000 fans were instructed to leave Court Philippe-Chatrier at Roland Garros after his game with Matteo Berrettini continued past 11pm.


Novak Djokovic booked a meeting with Rafael Nadal in the French Open semis[/caption]


The 5,000 fans were kicked out before the finish due to a Covid curfew[/caption]

The French Government has allowed fans to return to sporting events in limited numbers this week.

But a strict cut-off time clashed with an intriguing match-up in the tennis Grand Slam.

Djokovic, 34, has only ever won the French Open once and was dragged into a fourth set against the Italian World No9 on Wednesday night.

Having claimed the first two sets, the Serb was 3-2 up in the fourth when the 11pm curfew hit.

The players left the court after fans initially ignored instructions to head home, prompting chants of: “We are going to stay!”

The thousands of attendees were eventually cleared and Djokovic saw out the match 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5 in front of empty seats, his bellicose roar echoing around the cavernous venue.


The quarter-final was the last evening session planned at this year’s Roland Garros and also the first to welcome back fans.

However, Djokovic was forced to wait to serve midway through the first game as one group arrived at the stadium carrying several bags of shopping – prompting boos from the more on-time locals.

Rafael Nadal had earlier booked his place in the final four with a four-set win over Daniel Schwartzman.

The clay court king will take on Djokovic in the semi-finals for the chance to face Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas for the crown.

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Who is Turkey vs Wales referee Artur Soares Dias and what other Euro 2020 matches is he officiating?




ARTUR SOARES DIAS has been selected as a referee for this summer’s Euro 2020.

The Portuguese had served as a VAR official at the 2018 World Cup, so comes into the tournament having been at a big one.

Artur Soares Dias refereed England’s match against Brazil in 2017
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Who is Artur Soares Dias?

Soares Dias has been refereeing since 2010.

The star refereed England’s friendly match against Brazil in November 2017, which ended 0-0.

He kept his cards close to his chest that night and only booked Jake Livermore for a late tackle on Neymar.

The 41-year-old has been used an additional assistant referee for several Champions League games.

He refereed a number of Europa League matches during the 2012/13 season.

In 2017, the Portuguese official and his family received death threats before he was due to officiate the Primeira Liga match between Paco de Ferreira and FC Porto.

Artur Soares Dias is refereeing at Euro 2020

What other matches will he be refereeing at Euro 2020?

Dias has yet to receive his matches for the next round of fixtures.

The tournament concludes on July 11.

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What do the Olympic rings represent?




THE delayed Tokyo Olympics are set to go ahead on July 23 – despite the city declaring a state of emergency over the Covid pandemic.

With the Olympic Games opening ceremony now less than 200 days away, we take a look at what those famous Olympic rings represent.

The Olympic rings in 2016
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What do the Olympic rings represent?

The five interlocking multicoloured rings were first presented in 1913 and designed by French aristocrat Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin.

The rings made their first appearance at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, Belgium, with the colours said to represent the national flags of competing nations.

According to Coubertin, “these five rings represent the five parts of the world now won over to the cause of olympism and ready to accept its fecund rivalries.

What is more, the six colors thus combined reproduce those of all nations without exception.

The Olympic rings are loaded with symbolism
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The Olympic rings were forged in front of the audience’s eyes at the opening ceremony for London 2012[/caption]

Coubertin was said to have been inspired to include the rings because of his time as president of the French sports-governing body, the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA), and to represent the five continents.

According to the Olympic charter, the Olympic symbol “expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.”

How many countries and continents compete in the Olympics?

There are currently 206 National Olympic Committees, spread out over five continents across the globe and every nation is represented.

Each National Olympic Committee represents a competing nation at the Games, such as the British Virgin Islands, Bhutan, American Samoa, Comoros and Cape Verde.

How many athletes compete in the Olympic Games?

This number tends to differ each year, but at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, 11, 237 athletes took part.

This included 6,178 men and 5,059 women.

Nearly 3,000 athletes competed at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, consisting of 1,664 men and 1,169 women.

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Euro 2020 LIVE: Ronaldo snub causes £4bn Coca-Cola loss, Pogba does same with Heineken bottle, Wales vs Turkey build-up




EURO 2020 is in full swing!

And it’s been another frantic day, with Portugal leaving it late to beat Hungary before France saw off Germany.

England are gearing up for their clash with Scotland on Friday.

And Wales are in action against Turkey TONIGHT in a must-win game for Robert Page’s side.

Royal Ascot day two special


Follow all of the latest news, build up and updates below…

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