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  1. Gomes eager to play but urges fans to follow rules


    Everton midfielder Andre Gomes says he is looking forward to playing in front of the club's fans again but has urged supporters to continue to follow social distancing rules.

    Gomes made his Goodison Park return against Manchester United in March for the first time in almost four months after suffering a serious ankle fracture against Tottenham in November.

    Speaking in an Instagram Q&A with supporters published by the club, Gomes said: "I'm missing my teammates and the club and, of course, the first thing I want to do after the quarantine is to go back to the training ground.

    "At Everton, we have a really nice dressing room environment. The fans have always been so amazing with me, too.

    "It's a tough moment and we must all try to respect the rules. Enjoy movies. TV series, do exercise when you can. Help yourself and others."

  2. Moyes willing to take pay cut

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    West Ham manager David Moyes has told the Premier League club he is willing to take a pay cut to help out during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and Brighton’s Graham Potter have already volunteered for a cut in salary as clubs try to find a way of limiting their losses amid games being suspended.

    Moyes, who was appointed Hammers boss for the second time on 30 December, has now told club officials he is prepared to follow suit.

    The League Managers’ Association is talking to clubs on an individual basis but has previously accepted the need for ‘everyone to play their part’.

  3. Man Utd to pay staff as normal

    Manchester United

    Manchester United have told staff members the club will not be using the government’s furlough scheme.

    The information was communicated in an email sent round to all 900 full-time employees today, when they were also told they would carry on being paid as it they were working as normal.

    United said they "strongly encouraged" employees unable to work from home or had a reduced workload to volunteer time to the NHS or local communities.

  4. Yorkshire put players and staff on furlough

    The Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s players and cricket staff have been placed on furlough leave until further notice.

    This decision comes after the majority of the club’s non-playing staff were placed on furlough leave at the end of March in accordance with the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

    Following a board meeting on Friday, the club took the decision to furlough all players and coaches. Each player and member of staff in the cricket department were contacted individually by Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon on Friday night.

    He said: “From a club point of view, we feel that these measures need to be taken to ensure as little damage as possible to the business."

  5. I see no way for Liverpool to stay untitled - Uefa president

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has said he "does not see a scenario" where Liverpool would not end up being crowned Premier League champions.

    The shutdown due to the coronavirus crisis came with Jurgen Klopp’s men still two victories away from ending their 30-year wait for a title.

    With games no nearer starting, there has been suggestions – including from West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady – that the season could be null and voided, meaning Liverpool missing out despite dropping just five points all season.

    “I see no way for Liverpool to stay untitled,” Ceferin told Slovenian newspaper Ekipa.

    “If the championship resumes, they will almost certainly win it. However, if it could not be played, it would also be necessary to announce the results in some way and find some key on how the champions should be determined. And, of course, again I do not see a scenario in which that would not be Liverpool.

    “I understand that fans will be disappointed if it happens in an empty stadium or even at the green table, but I believe they will win the title one way or another.”

  6. BreakingLiverpool reverse furlough decision


    Liverpool have reversed their decision to place some non-playing staff on temporary leave and apologised to fans.

    On Saturday the club said they were going to apply to the government's taxpayer-funded job retention scheme, sparking a fierce backlash.

    But in a letter to the club's fans, chief executive Peter Moore said: "We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week... and are truly sorry for that."

    He said that as a result of "extensive consultation and our own internal deliberations, we have opted to find alternative means".

  7. Scrap and void season if it cannot restart - Shaw

    Manchester United

    The 2019-20 Premier League season must be scrapped and declared null and void if it cannot be restarted due to the coronavirus pandemic, says Manchester United defender Luke Shaw.

    The Premier League confirmed last week that the season, originally suspended until April 30, will not resume at the beginning of May and will only return when the situation stabilises.

    League leaders Liverpool needed six points to seal the title while European spots and relegation candidates were still unclear with nine games to go, raising questions about how they would be decided if the season does not resume.

    "Scrap it and start again. Start it again, yeah," said Shaw. "It's got to be, you know. If we can't carry it on, it's got to be void."

    "Fans are so important. You realise it even more (now). I think the sport is for fans really, I think if you don't have fans, and you don't play in front of fans, it just doesn't feel right."

  8. Dutch football make significant contribution to clubs

    Netherlands men's and women's internationals are among those to make an 11m Euros (£9.65m) contribution towards football in the country.

    The money from players and main sponsor ING will go towards amateur football, while the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) will offer support to both professional football clubs and amateur associations

    A statement on the KNVB website said the Orange players have indicated that they would like to contribute to strong amateur football, an important network of 3,000 associations with a total of thousands of volunteers and 1.2m football players from young to old.

    "The place where they all started once."

  9. DAZN defers most recent payments for overseas rights

    Dan Roan

    BBC Sports editor

    Sports streaming provider DAZN has told the Premier League it will be deferring its most recent payments for overseas rights until it receives clarity on when and if the season will resume, BBC Sport has learned.

    DAZN has the rights to show the Premier League in Japan, Canada, Spain and Brazil. Its most recent payment was due on 1 April but last week it alerted leagues (including the Premier League) that it would halt payments until it was known when the they would start up again.

    The Premier League is understood to be facing potential financial losses of £762m if domestic live broadcast partners Sky and BT demand refunds in the event the season does not resume.

    DAZN and the Premier League have been approached for comment.

  10. The Open cancelled as US Open & US PGA championship rescheduled

    The Masters has been put back from April to November, while the US PGA Championship is slated for August.

    The US Open, at Winged Foot, New York, is being moved from June to September, a week before the Ryder Cup.

    Major dates for 2020

    • Cancelled: The Open Championship
    • 6-9 August: US PGA Championship, TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
    • 17-20 September: US Open, Winged Foot Golf Club, New York
    • 25-27 September: Ryder Cup, Whistling Straits, Wisconsin
    • 12-15 November: Masters, Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia

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  11. Decision to approve end of non-league season postponed

    A decision to rubber-stamp the end of the season for the majority of non-league clubs has been postponed.

    The Football Association Council was due to ratify proposals to null and void the season for steps three to seven on Tuesday.

    But more than 150 clubs have signed a letter opposing the plan, which was sent to the FA on Friday.

    It was delivered on behalf of three clubs – South Shields, Worthing and Hastings.

    The relevant leagues have been told about the postponement of the decision by the Council, which is still set to meet as planned.

    Non-league football
  12. Ron Dennis creates NHS free meals scheme

    Former McLaren boss Ron Dennis has created a scheme to supply a million free meals to NHS workers during the coronavirus crisis.

    Dennis says his foundation has put in place a £1.5m budget and joined forces with a number of companies to supply 1,000 meals a day to health workers.

    "I wanted a big solution to a big problem," the 72-year-old said.

    "It is an amazing effort, which I think is reflective of my reputation. If I say I'm going to do something I do it."

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    Ron Dennis
  13. Guardiola's mother dies after contracting coronavirus

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's mother, Dolors Sala Carrio, has died aged 82 in Barcelona after contracting coronavirus.

    "Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends," said Manchester City on social media.

    Monday's increase of 637 coronavirus deaths means 13,055 have died in Spain.

    Pep Guardiola
  14. Man Utd send condolences to Pep Guardiola

    Manchester United have sent their condolences to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, whose mother has died with coronavirus.

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  15. BreakingThis year's 149th Open Championship cancelled

    The tournament, which was due to take place in July at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, will now be hosted by the venue in 2021.

    R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said: "We have explored every option for playing The Open this year but it is not going to be possible."

    It is the first time The Open has been cancelled since World War II (1940-45).

    The Open is the only one of the four men's annual golf majors to be cancelled in 2020.

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    Royal St George’s Golf Club
  16. ICYMI: BBC Sport's five things to do today

    Check out Monday's five things to do today, here.

  17. Bayern players return to training

    Bayern Munich were among a number of Bundesliga clubs to return to training for the first time since the campaign was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

    The champions trained in groups of five but without any contact, as did Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg.

    "It was certainly a very unusual feeling holding a training session in small groups today, but it was also nice to see the boys in person again," said Bayern captain Manuel Neuer.

    Germany's top flight has been suspended since 13 March until at least 30 April.

    Manuel Neuer
  18. Complete season 'even if it takes until 2021' - Yeovil chairman

    Yeovil chairman Scott Priestnall says the National League season should be completed regardless of how long everyone has to wait.

    Priestnall's Glovers are fourth in the fifth tier with nine games to go.

    "Whenever it’s finished, even it’s in January, it should finish and then a new season starts whenever deemed possible," he told BBC Points West.

    “For sporting competitiveness and the sheer idea of a competition, I was very disappointed with the FA’s decision to end the lower leagues. That was a decision that probably didn’t need to be made.

    “We should all be taking a breathe at the moment, concentrating on what’s important, and then finishing football when we can finish it."

    The National League's three divisions were suspended indefinitely on 31 March, and no matches have been completed since 14 March.