As the 12 participating teams took turns moving away from the plan, the plans for the Europa League came to a standstill. Former police officer Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd, a black man, on his knees in Minneapolis, was convicted of murder last year. The Czech Republic, the European Union and NATO allies have called for the expulsion of Russian diplomats, saying Moscow has launched an “unprecedented attack” on Czech territory.
April 21, 2021These are the headlines that stand out in the world press …
The Guardian | Fans say the Europa League plans are on the verge of collapse
Following the reaction of the British government and fans, Chelsea and Manchester City began to withdraw from the plans of the Europa League. The two Spanish teams, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, have announced their intention to leave the Europa League, which started with 12 teams in Madrid. The £ 4.5 billion league began to collapse 48 hours after its inception. Football fans applauded the teams’ intention to withdraw.
Independent | The Super League collapsed
As the 12 participating teams took turns moving away from the plan, the plans for the Europa League came to a standstill. “If you can’t lose, it’s not a sport,” Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said of the Europa League, which was strongly opposed by fans.
New York Times | Chauvin, accused of murder in Floyd’s court
Washington Post | Chauvin is found guilty of all charges
Former police officer Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd, a black man, on his knees in Minneapolis, was convicted of murder last year. Chauvin, who was tried by a jury on all three charges against him, could face up to decades in prison. The New York Times noted that police officers in the United States are often not punished in such cases.
US President Joe Biden said, “In the middle of the day, a crime tore the curtains to see the whole world. Many people feel that all this is happening because only one person is responsible.” He said. Mass protests demanding racial equality began in the United States after Floyd’s assassination.
After two days of negotiations, the jury found Chauvin guilty of second- and third-degree murder and causing death.
Moscow Times | Checks; Ask the EU and NATO allies to expel Russian diplomats
The Czech Republic has called on the European Union and NATO allies to expel Russian diplomats, calling Moscow an “unprecedented attack” on Czech territory.
Foreign and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said he would meet with the Russian ambassador on Wednesday in connection with the deportation of 18 Russian diplomats. Prague claims that these diplomats are secret agents. In response, Moscow expelled 20 Czech diplomats.
“We call on the EU and NATO countries to deport us en masse in solidarity with us,” Hamacek told reporters.
Czech diplomats have been accused of involvement in an explosion at an ammunition depot in the country in 2014. Russia claims the allegations are “baseless and absurd.”
Le Monde | France tests digital Covid certificate
French Health Minister Olivier Veran has hinted that quarantine will be lifted in some parts of the country, while France will be the first country in the European Union to test the digital Covid certificate. Covid test results and human vaccination data have also been added to the TousAntiCovid application, a contact tracking application in the country. The certificate, which is expected to be used for air travel, may be valid for crowded events such as festivals and concerts in the future.
Al Jazeera | Turkey has postponed the Afghanistan Peace Summit due to the Taliban’s decision not to attend
Turkey has announced that the Afghanistan Peace Conference, which is expected to take place in Istanbul, has been postponed until the end of Ramadan. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, “We thought it would be useful to postpone. “We have appealed to Qatar, the United States and the United Nations to postpone it after Ramadan and the holidays,” he said. Regarding the Taliban’s absence, Cavusoglu said, “The conference will be meaningless without the Taliban’s participation.” An Afghan government official told Reuters that the Taliban had refused to attend the summit.