COVID 19 IN SPORT ; Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury AGREE on TWO fights after covid, Premier League return and will be starting at the middle month of June.
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have agreed in principle to two fights, starting in the summer of 2021.
Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn – who revealed details of the agreement with negotiations ongoing during lock down – while Fury excitedly confirmed the news on his social media accounts.
Premier League action is returning a week today and we have all the latest on Project Restart from across the clubs as well as how corona virus is affecting the rest of the sporting world at large .
Dele Alli has responded to his £50,000 fine and one-match ban.
The England midfielder said: “In response to the FA decision, I would like to apologize again for any offence caused by my behavior.
It was an extremely poorly judged joke about a virus that has now affected us more than we could ever have imagined.
I’m grateful that The FA has confirmed that my actions were not intentionally racist because I despise racism of any kind.
We all need to be mindful of the words and actions we use and how they can be perceived by others.
Rivaldo is still backing Barcelona to win LaLiga after the season resumes tonight.Sevilla play Real Betis before his former club get back underway on Friday.He told Betfair: “Each team has 11 fixtures left to play so there are many points to claim.
The title battle will be between Barça and Real as I don’t imagine any club coming from behind.It’s all very even and open, and any outcome can happen, so it’s going to be exciting to watch that fight until the end of the season.
Of course playing with fans is always easier and more exciting, and the players can shine a bit more, but Barcelona is Barcelona, and no matter if you have people in the stands or not, you’ll always be a big club with great players.
Dele Alli Ban
Dele Alli will miss Tottenham’s clash with Manchester United after being hit with a one–match ban by the FA for a social media post appearing to mock an Asian man.
A three-man independent panel as upheld the misconduct charge against the 24-year-old midfielder meaning he will have to sit out of the big match against United next Friday.It is a major blow to Jose Mourinho’s plans for the opening match in Project Restart with Spurs needing a victory to keep their slim hopes of a top-four finish alive.
The offending video, uploaded by Alli to Snapchat in February, showed the England star wearing a face mask in an airport departure lounge.
Captioned “Corona what? please listen with volume”, the footage then cut to showing an unaware Asian man before panning back to a bottle of antiseptic hand wash.
A further comment appeared saying: “This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.
Premier League chiefs will consult with leading players before confirming their Black Lives Matters stance.
Despite expectations that a firm position would be agreed, club bosses agreed to leave detailed discussions to the League executive.
The club chiefs, meeting virtually for the 12th time since the Prem was shut down in March, signalled their determination to show strong support for the worldwide campaign.
But it was felt around the virtual boardroom that it was vital that the clubs ensured their next steps met the wishes and message that the players, who represent the public face of the League to millions of fans around the globe, want to send.
There are concerns that any show of support for the movement would be pointless unless the League’s action has already been backed by the players.
League chiefs have already spoken to representatives of the players at all 20 clubs, seeking their input and observations about potential measures.
Newcastle fans have been warned not to expect “massive spending” on transfers if the £300million takeover of the club gets the green light from the Premier League.
Amanda Staveley and the Saudi-backed consortium are growing “confident” the deal will go through, according to the Independent.
A source said: “Newcastle is not about to become the richest club in the world.
“Newcastle will have very rich owners but that does not mean massive spending.”The takeover has previously been held back by the wrangling over the return of football during the coronavirus crisis.
Mikel Arteta has revealed it was the Arsenal players who made the decision to take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Spaniard told Sky Sports: “The thing that I like most is that it came from them (the players). I got a phone call from the captain asking to do that, I spoke with the club straight away and we were very clear that we wanted to support their intentions, everyone collaborated, we created the shirts.
It was a really strong message and it is more powerful because it comes from them. They think they have to support these types of causes.
The Premier League has a shareholder’s meeting this morning where they will get a final chance to air any concerns over the return of the game after corona virus. The 20 clubs are set to vote over the physical operations taking place in matches.
Player safety and health is going to be top of the tree, but luckily they can learn from the lessons of the German – and as of tonight – Spanish leagues Stadia are set to be colour coded with areas where players and those present can sit, while 300 people will be the maximum in attendance.
New Zealand Rugby
New Zealand fans starved of live sports will welcome the return of rugby union on Saturday following the coronavirus shutdown, as the Super Rugby Aotearoa resumes, featuring Warren Gatland’s Chiefs.
The new domestic competition was organised after the wider Super Rugby tournament, which also involves teams from Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Japan, was postponed due to COVID-19 in mid-March.
All eyes will therefore turn to Dunedin on Saturday when the Otago Highlanders host the Waikato Chiefs in the opening match, especially given how physical New Zealand’s Super Rugby derbies have been in the past.
Chiefs coach Gatland revealed on Thursday as he discussed each team playing eight games in 10 weeks. The former Wales and Lions coach said: “The players know how tough it is. Players are going to hold nothing back.Every game is almost like a trial for higher honors.
Champions League and Europa League
Uefa’s executive committee is to meet next week to discuss how to finish the Champions League and Europa League seasons.The last-16 ties of the Champions League were started but some second legs were not completed, including that of Chelsea’s tie with Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile Manchester United still have to face LASK in the second leg of their last-16 tie in the Europa League, where they lead 5-0 from the first leg.The same applies for Wolves, who are at 1-1 with Olympiakos after the first leg in Greece.
A proposed mini-tournament in August is a distinct possibility for both competitions after the conclusion of domestic leagues.