Coronavirus in sport LIVE: Wimbledon LATEST, Fury vs Wilder 3 gets new date, Olympics POSTPONED until 2021 – The Sun
The Games were postponed till 2021 this week after the Japanese organisers bizarrely planned to plough on.
Meanwhile Tyson Fury's second rematch with Deontay Wilder has been pushed back and former Spurs striker Clive Allen has tested POSITIVE for coronavirus, he has confirmed.
And dozens of sports stars including Roger Federer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Arsenal are all making huge donations and efforts to help with the efforts to battle coronavirus.
Follow all the latest news and updates as the sporting world deals with the threat of coronavirus…
Manchester United are ready to pay out £6million to season ticket holders if their final four Premier League games are cancelled or played behind closed doors.
The club have been in discussions with the Manchester United Supporters Trust about the best way to reimburse supporters if this was to occur.
A club spokesman said: “In light of the disruption caused by coronavirus, the club is reviewing dates, policies and procedures around season ticket renewals for next season, along with the administrative processes should games that are currently postponed, be either cancelled or played behind closed doors. We are consulting with MUST as part of that review.
“We look forward to the resumption of football when we are advised it is safe and appropriate. In the meantime our priority remains the health of fans, players, staff, and our wider communities.
“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19, as well as those fighting in the front line against this virus on behalf of all of us, and we urge all our fans to continue following Government advice.”
PAY DAY DELAY?
The PFA want urgent talks with the Premier League and Football League — as stars expect to be asked to defer wages.
Some top-flight clubs have been in talks with the PFA over whether it would be acceptable to delay a portion of wages until the crisis ends.
This would improve the cash flow of some teams with all players set to get their money.
The PFA have warned clubs they would fight tooth and nail over any pay cut and they have now called for formal talks between themselves, the Premier League and EFL.
In a statement, the PFA — run by union chief Gordon Taylor — said: “As with other industries, the current Covid-19 crisis is having a severe impact on the game’s finances.
“Several clubs have already approached players with a view to imposing pay deferrals.
“In order to deal with this situation, we have called for an urgent meeting with the Premier League and the English Football League to discuss how we might proceed.”
ON A WIM
Wimbledon chiefs will decide next week whether to axe the tennis championships for the first time since the Second World War.
An emergency board meeting will be held to determine if the SW19 grass-court event needs to be postponed or cancelled in the wake of the global COVID-19 outbreak.
Playing behind closed doors given government restrictions on mass gatherings has been ruled out.
A statement said: “The AELTC can confirm it is continuing a detailed evaluation of all scenarios for The Championships, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The AELTC has been contingency planning since January, working closely with the UK government and public health authorities to follow their advice and understand the likely impact of COVID-19.”
PGA Tour golf could return in the middle of May after the coronavirus pandemic, according to seasoned pro Ryan Palmer.
Professional golf, like most other sports, has taken a back seat amid the world health crisis with tournaments postponed and cancelled.
But 43-year-old Palmer thinks the next scheduled event on the PGA Tour, the Charles Schwab Classic, is not out of the question.
Palmer is a member of the venue for that tournament, and he said: “I would bet they are anticipating playing Colonial.
“If we do play it I don’t think they will have grandstands. I wouldn’t be surprised if there would be no corporate tents. You won’t see the structure you’ve see in the past.”
PED SCREWED ON
Chelsea winger Pedro has donated 3,000 protective screens for hospitals in his native Spain, one of the countries worst affected by coronavirus.
He told Cadena Ser: ” The materials are scarce and everything that can be helped is welcome.
“The hospitals told us that they are a good resource for them, and we wanted to contribute our grain of sand with these protective screens.
“I am very sorry for everything that is happening and the news that comes to us from Spain.
“From here I once again thank all the health personnel, the state security forces, the people who are in the supermarkets day-by-day, thank you to everyone for the work you are doing. Hopefully, we can stop this virus.”
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