While the coronavirus continues to take lives in the Wuhan area, where it came from, the health alert is forcing to suspend virtually all competitions that should be held in the short and medium term in China. The Super League has been postponed, and Asian Champions League games that have such a country as headquarters are not played for now. And, in regards to Espanyol, What will happen to Wu Lei if he is cited in the next call of his selection? One of those affected will be with total probability Wu Lei, since he has participated and as a starter in the previous four qualifying matches, in which he scored three goals (in fact, he only remained unmarked against the Philippines) and gave one assist. Some meetings with which the attacker of Espanyol reaches a special event: Just this Friday marks a decade since he debuted in the Chinese national team on February 14, 2010. He did it in Hong Kong, in the East Asian championship.Since then, Wu Lei has played 67 matches with China, in which he has scored 18 goals and distributed five assists. The franchise player of the Asian giant has a great challenge to meet: qualify for the World Cup. The measure is not for the official moment, but it does have a chance to prosper. Even to be confirmed next week. About the calendar, China had to play at home the fifth day of the qualifying phase for the 2022 World Cup, against Maldives, specifically on March 26. The CFA (Chinese Football Federation) is in talks with the authorities of Thailand to be where the match is disputed, it is always clear that before you have not sent the alert for the coronavirus. The contacts are moving in a good direction although, according to the portal ‘Live Sport Asia’, the Thai Ministry of Health would have demanded that the Chinese federation send them blood samples from all players before they embark on their journey to meet Maldives.
FA Cup Questions about the decline in profile of the FA Cup are likely to get louder after new figures revealed average television audiences for the competition have dropped by more than a third.This season has been the first of a four-year £425m deal agreed by the Football Association with Setanta and ITV, which was hailed by the then FA chief executive, Brian Barwick, for boosting revenues by 42% when it was signed in 2007.But a series of production errors on ITV, combined with the ongoing travails of Setanta after it missed out on a crucial batch of Premier League rights and attempts by both broadcasters to restructure their contracts with the FA, have called the wisdom of the deal into question.Official viewing figures show that the average audience for live matches across both broadcasters fell from 5.072m to 2.097m in the third round, from 3.7m to 2.1m in the fourth round and 3.7m to 1.8m in the fifth round, compared with 2007-08, the final year of the BBC and Sky’s coverage.Although a notable decline would be expected, because a greater proportion of games are shown on pay-TV under the existing deal and because Setanta is in fewer homes than Sky, the figures will provide more evidence for those who claim the FA Cup is losing its mass appeal.FA executives are likely to be concerned about the downward trend. If ITV’s average audiences are compared with the BBC’s last season, there is still a sizeable drop. In the third round they fell from 6.2m to 4.4m, in the fourth from 4.5m to 4.1m and in the fifth from 4.6m to 4m.ITV left itself open yesterday to further accusations of devaluing the FA Cup with a bizarre technology test. Viewers tuning in to ITV4+1 for the FA Cup Preview Show could find only a test card saying: “Sorry, for legal reasons we cannot broadcast the programme that was shown earlier on ITV4.” The broadcaster said this was unconnected to its attempts to renegotiate payment terms on its FA Cup contract. Instead, claimed ITV, the programme was canned for “ongoing technical tests”. Topics Share on Messenger ITV plc More woe for ITV as FA Cup viewing figures down by a third Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp ITV came in for criticism when viewers in some regions missed Dan Gosling’s winning goal for Everton against Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth-round when they inadvertently cut to an ad break. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter FA Cup • FA executives likely to be concerned about downward trend• Yet another Cup blunder occurred this week First published on Fri 6 Mar 2009 20.10 EST Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share via Email FA Cup 2008-09 Shares00 Fri 6 Mar 2009 20.10 EST Owen Gibson and Matt Scott Reuse this content