- SunSport Reporters
- 8 Apr 2020, 21:53
- Updated: 8 Apr 2020, 21:54
JOSE MOURINHO broke UK lockdown rules by taking a makeshift Tottenham training session in a London park.
Coronavirus has ravaged the sporting calendar and further tragedy has struck with Pep Guardiola losing his mum as she passed away after contracting the illness.
The Canadian F1 Grand Prix has now been cancelled, but UFC 249 is set to go stubbornly ahead as Tony Ferguson fights Justin Gaethje in less than two weeks.
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Premier League captains have brokered a deal worth £4million to fund the NHS.
The 20 club skippers have completed four days of talks to rubber-stamp the ground-breaking plan during the coronavirus crisis.
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire have worked closely on the deal, while Mark Noble of West Ham and Watford’s Troy Deeney will also help administer the scheme.
The cash boost from the players has been done independently from both the PFA and the Premier League.
The captains, who have been communicating via whatsapp, want the cash to go to local hospitals in their specific areas.
But the amounts will remain anonymous as some clubs – and individual players – will be putting in more than others because there is such a difference in wages between sides in the Premier League.
Each club captain has spoken to their players and taken note of pledges from team-mates. It will be at least £3m in total but it is hoped that £4m will be reached – although it could even be more.
LIVES ARE MORE IMPORTANT
Sadio Mane is coming to terms with the prospect of Liverpool NOT being crowned champions.
The Senegal star put the suffering of millions before his personal desire to end the Reds’ 30 years of title hurt.
“It has been difficult for Liverpool. But it has been more difficult for many millions of people around the world. Some people have lost family members, that is the more complicated situation.
“For myself, it’s my dream and I want to win it this year. I want to win the games and I want to get the trophy.
“If that’s not the case, I will accept, it’s part of life.
“With this situation whatever happens I will understand and hopefully we will win it next year.”
Mane welcomed Liverpool’s U-turn on Monday over deciding to furlough staff, saying: “Yes. It’s a really, really good club, like a family, the coaches, the staff, the players, everybody.”
READY FER IT
Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto says his team are willing to be “flexible” to allow F1 chiefs to run as many races as possible this season.
Binotto says F1’s most famous team, known for their hardline stance when it comes to rules, say they will be open to the sport’s plans once the coronavirus pandemic has scaled down.
The Ferrari chief is open to double-race weekends to allow the sport achieve F1 CEO Chase Carey’s goal of putting on between 15 and 18 races this season.
He said: “We know from the sporting regulations that to have a world championship you need at least eight races, but everyone is trying to look for more than that.
“I think what will be important for us is really to be flexible. I’m pretty sure Chase and the teams will be capable of putting together the best championship we can have. “From our side, we are ready for whatever is needed whether short race weekends, double races, whenever it will finish or packing the races together.
“It is important to be flexible and making sure we can have good races as well for the fans.
The Canadian GP became the ninth race to be either scrapped or postponed and there is no news yet when the season will finally get underway. Binotto added: “No one can really know [when the season will start].
“F1 is certainly trying to organise the best season, maybe starting early July if that would be possible but we cannot have any confirmation at the moment. But I think by the end of May we will have a clearer picture.
“I think it is in the interests of everyone to start racing when we can, when that will be possible, and have as many races as we can but I think now it’s too early to have a clear picture of what will be the future.”
Leeds stars will be getting a wage BONUS when the coronavirus crisis is over.
Players have agreed to take hefty cuts on their salaries while the Championship season remains postponed.
Along with manager Marcelo Bielsa, up to half of their wages have been deferred.
But owner Andrea Radrizzani has offered them a 2 per cent raise when things get back to normal as a token of thanks.
Leeds have already taken £1million off their £3m monthly wage bill.
And players are said to be delighted by Radrizanni’s gesture during a tough time for the game.
Leeds were top of the table when football was halted.
And promotion to the top flight would have guaranteed £170m in the bank.
MOVE WITH THE TIMES
Anthony Joshua has launched a £100,000 fund to keep the UK active during the coronavirus lockdown, urging everyone to “keep moving”.
The two-time heavyweight boxing champion, 30, wants to support Britain’s fitness experts in a bid to keep everyone moving while stuck indoors.
With gyms closed and most people confined to their homes, the industry has been hit hard.
But AJ has revealed he is keen to help, setting up a fund worth £100,000 in a bid to help out the UK’s fitness experts and keep the nation in shape.
Joshua has teamed up with Lucozade to launch the scheme, called “Keep Us Moving”.
On the incentive, Joshua claimed: “Sport is being impacted on a global level by this pandemic and coaches and trainers are having to find new ways to adapt.
“But there’s no better time for the nation to be keeping fit, so I hope trainers across the country will take the opportunity to join me in keeping Britain moving together with Lucozade Sport.
“Fitness experts, we need you!”