Albanian Superliga clubs suspend boycott

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Albanian Superliga clubs have suspended their boycott of the football league amid the COVID-19 pandemic, local media reported on Thursday.

President of the Albanian Football Federation (AFF) Armand Duka told reporters that the decision was reached during a meeting between representatives of the clubs and the federation.

According to Duka, clubs will resume Albanian Cup matches on Sunday, and will begin playing Superliga matches on Wednesday.

Regarding the four demands for financial support to football clubs from the government, Duka said that the demands remain unresolved, as clubs have not given up on their requests, despite the fact that there is some degree of agreement.

"It was decided to resume football activities in order to serve football," Duka said.

Meanwhile, president of the Professional Football League (PFL) Edvin Libohova told reporters that details on the agreement are still under discussion.

"I think in the coming days we will have a solution and it will be the right solution for football," Libohova said.

The demands include a lowering of tax from 20 percent to six percent on all football activities, exclusion of players from income tax from two to 10 years, cancelation of clubs' unpaid fiscal obligations and the amendment of the law on sponsorships.

Local media reported that the Albanian government has agreed to meet the four demands of the PFL and has called on the clubs to end the boycott of the championship.

Earlier on Wednesday, the AFF announced that the new football season in Albania will start this weekend with first and second division matches. 

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