A former footballer of national team SM Salauddin Ahmed died at his house in Sadar upazila on Sunday. He was 62.
He was suffering from pneumonia and breathed his last early morning.
Salauddin’s samples were tested for coronavirus but the report came negative on Saturday, said his nephew Mohaiminul Ahmed.
He left behind wife and two sons and a host of relatives.
He was buried in local graveyard after completing his namaz e janaza at Tajek Prodhan High School ground in the afternoon.
Country's most prestigious football meet, the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football 2019-20, was finally abandoned on Sunday.
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) in it's EC meeting on Sunday (May 17) with Federation president Kazi Salahuddin in the chair, has decided to abandon the ill-fated league, which was halted on March 15 after the 6th round due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The meeting took the decision considering the appeal of most of the participating clubs and also the clearance of AFC.
The BFF earlier sought suggestion from their upper body AFC to take decision on the league in this crisis situation and the Asian body (AFC) advised them on last Saturday to take decision in their own way and to inform it to AFC as early as possible.
Former champion Dhaka Abahani and Chattogram Abahani dominated the league till the 6th round securing 13 points each.
Following the cancellation of the league, this year's BPL football find no new champions, runners up and relegated team.
Moreover, the participation of two Bangladeshi club teams in the AFC Cup Football now became uncertain with the decision.
The BFF meeting also postponed this year's Independence Cup Football and Under -18 Football for the same reasons.
Earlier, the participating clubs were divided over the future of Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20 and were failed to decide whether they will carry the league or to cancel it. But, the BFF then opted to wait until end of May before taking any decision.
Most clubs led by holders Bashundhara Kings agreed to call off the league and to start the season afresh during the league committee meeting on April 26 while two former champions Dhaka Abahani Limited and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club wanted to continue.
BFF vice-president Kazi Nabil Ahmed then proposed to conclude the remaining fixtures with only the local players to reduce extra pressure from the clubs who on average have to spend around half of their total budget on the foreign recruits. But, Bashundhara Kings supported by some other clubs, opposed the idea citing that there can’t be two different rule for one single league.
Only six rounds of fixtures out of 24 was played until March 15 with Abahani and Chattogram Abahani being the joint leaders but only three points separated the top six clubs in the table.
The usual noises and cheers of crowd is absent as Bundesliga soccer resumed on a quieter note on Saturday after a two-month break due to coronavirus outbreak.
There were no fans in the stadium as Borussia Dortmund hosted Schalke in a normally fierce local rivalry, reports AP.
Instead of thousands of fans chatting and drinking beer outside the stadium, there were only a few locals out for a weekend bike ride.
The song "You'll Never Walk Alone," a favourite of Dortmund fans as well as Liverpool supporters, echoed around the stadium ahead of kickoff and the starting whistle could be heard outside.
The arena has an 81,000 capacity but league rules permit just 213 people, including players, to be inside for the game, none of them supporters.
In the city centre ahead of the match, longtime Dortmund fan Marco Perz sat outside the German Football Museum in a jacket patched with club emblems. He said he hasn't missed a home game since the 1990s.
"I'd normally be on the South Stand right now, in the yellow wall," he said, referring to the vast terrace which underpins Dortmund's reputation for passionate support. Now Perz is planning to watch the game with a friend over food and a beer. "The main thing is to see the game," he added.
On the next street, face masks were on sale in Dortmund's yellow and black, with the stallholder saying they were the most popular on offer.
Local authorities had pleaded with fans not to mass outside the stadium.
On Wednesday Dortmund Mayor Ullrich Sierau said anyone who stands in front of the stadium because they want to follow the game has got it wrong.
"It's an appeal to the good sense of all fans, and I'm sure that the fans of both Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund are sensible people."
Dortmund fan Nicole Bartelt said she would stay away from the stadium — which she called "the temple" — in the hope of showing fans could be trusted to return sooner rather than later for games.
If fans gather, "we'll end up waiting even longer to be back," she said.
Police were spread along the road by the stadium in vans, on motorbikes and horseback. There have been clashes between fans at Dortmund-Schalke games before, but the police had little to do except remind TV crews to stand further away from each other as they filmed team buses arriving.
Dortmund's last game was in an empty stadium too, but with big crowds outside.
Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain supporters gathered outside the Parc des Princes as their team beat Dortmund in the Champions League on March 11.
Those scenes — and the decision of PSG players to sing along with the fans — showed that a game risks spreading the disease even without letting a single supporter into the arena. Similar scenes the same evening at a Bundesliga game between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Cologne caused concern.
During the following two days, the German, English, French and Spanish leagues all opted to suspend competition rather than play in empty stadiums, at least for the time being.
Barcelona will sell the title rights to its storied stadium for one year in an effort to raise money for the fight against the coronavirus.
The Spanish club's executive board said Tuesday it will donate the entire fee raised by selling the title rights to the Camp Nou to fighting the global pandemic.
The Camp Nou is the biggest stadium in Europe with more than 99,000 seats. It has never had a sponsor since it opened in 1957.
"We want to send a universal message: For the first time someone will have the opportunity to put their name on Camp Nou and the revenues will go to all of humanity, not just Barca," club vice president Jordi Cardoner told The Associated Press.
"The initiative arose in an emergency situation. We think that we have to have a very quick response, putting our crown jewel at the service (of the fight)."
The club had planned to wait to sell the stadium's title rights for the first time in the 2023-24 season. At that time, the club hopes to bring in 300 million euros ($326 million) paid up front for a 25-year contract to pay for renovations to the stadium and other facilities.
Cardoner, who has recovered after contracting the virus, said the board conceived of this new charity sale independent of the long-term deal of 25 years. But, he said that if there emerges a sponsor who wanted to include it in the long-term deal, then the club would consider it.
Cardoner said Barcelona wants to listen to offers from companies and private foundations and will consider opening it up to a group of interested sponsors who could team up and hopefully provide even more funds to help battle the new virus.
He would not give any estimate on how much the foundation hopes to earn from this "one-shot" sale. But given the greatness of Lionel Messi and the millions of spectators who tune in each week to watch Barcelona's games, Camp Nou is one of the most coveted venues in sports.
"Camp Nou is sending out an S.O.S.," Cardoner said. "We are open to everything. We want to maximize the economic participation and to ensure that the partners share our same social values."
The stadium will maintain the name "Camp Nou" in addition to including the sponsor, the club said.
Barcelona's foundation for social charities, which is overseen by Cardoner, will manage the investment of the money in fighting the virus. The foundation runs programs in Spain and in 58 other countries, largely focused on at-risk youth and refugees.
The club said it hopes to close a deal "in the coming weeks." The decision will then have to be approved by a general assembly of club members, which number 140,000, likely to be held in October, if conditions permit.
How the money is used will be determined by the club's foundation and the sponsor, with each party proposing how to distribute half of the funds, Cardoner said. Barcelona said it wants to propose using part of the money in Spain, especially in Catalonia, and in countries where the club has current charities. Cardoner said specific projects have not been chosen, but he would like some money to go to helping the elderly, especially in the devastated nursing home sector.
Cardoner said that he took some inspiration from the club's decision in 2006 to put UNICEF on its shirt, which had never carried a sponsor before. The club moved the UNICEF logo to the back of the shirt in 2011 and sold the front to a corporate sponsor. It has continued to donate 2 million euros ($2.14 million) to UNICEF annually.
The main impetus, however, hit Cardoner while he was confined to his bed waging his own fight against an infection from the virus. He never needed hospitalization and fully recovered after a couple of weeks, but he said that the experience prompted him "think big."
"I spent a long time in bed and had time to think," he said. "We do a lot through our foundation, and it occurred to me that we had to think big, think big like we did with the shirt and UNICEF."
Spain has been one of the hardest-hit countries by the COVID-19 virus, which causes respiratory failure especially in the elderly and the sick. More than 20,000 people have died in Spain, a death toll second only to the United States. The city of Barcelona and the surrounding areas in northeast Catalonia have been hotspots.
The suspension of the Spanish soccer amid the pandemic has put a large hole in the expected revenues of Barcelona, forcing its players to take a pay cut. Still, Cardoner said the club was not tempted to use the title rights revenue now to help plug the holes.
The decision comes during a rocky season for Barcelona and president Josep Bartomeu, who has weathered a mid-season coaching switch, internal tiffs between club officials and players, and the resignation of six board members. Even so, Barcelona leads the league that is now in limbo.
Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish has tested positive for COVID-19 but is showing no symptoms, his family announced on Friday.
The Dalglish family released a statement saying the 69-year-old was admitted to hospital on Wednesday for treatment of an infection and received a routine test for COVID-19.
"Unexpectedly, the test result was positive but he remains asymptomatic," the statement read. "Prior to his admission to hospital, Sir Kenny had chosen to voluntarily self-isolate for longer than the advised period together with his family."
"He looks forward to being home soon. We will provide further updates as and when it is appropriate."
Earlier on Friday, Championship side Leeds United confirmed their former player Norman Hunter is being treated in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.
Hunter, 76, was a member of the England squad which won the 1966 FIFA World Cup.