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  1. Football pyramid "in grave danger"


    Portsmouth chief executive has clubs further down the leagues urgently need options for covering their financial shortfalls.

    Mark Catlin said that while he is confident the League One side will be able to cope with football remaining behind closed doors thanks to the backing of their owner that is not the case for many other clubs.

    "Luckily we have Michael Eisner who has pledged to keep supporting the club and I have no reason to believe that he wont do that," he told BBC Radio Solent.

    "I do have much graver concerns for the wider football community and that will have an effect short, mid and long-term on Portsmouth.

    "I think we are in grave danger of the football pyramid as we know it coming under strain.

    "Someone urgently needs to give clubs options for how they can get themselves out of this financial hole."

  2. 'The Premier League is not in a position to govern science' - Dyche


    Dyche on no fans at grounds:

    "When I started there were no media streams, so it was all about fans. I had a diverse career in terms of different sized clubs. I know how important fans are. The great thing for me was when the big money started coming into football through TV, people said there would be empty stadiums. That did not happen. The crowds increased. Fans have got a more powerful voice than ever given social media.

    "Of course it is different without fans but the Premier League is not in a position to govern science. If the country is saying we have to go back a step, then so do we. Of course it affects things. The build up and living around it has changed. We all want it back to as normal as it can get. We want fans to be part of it and in stadiums. These are the things that makes football what it is. How it ripples out from the pitch is so important to so many people but it has to be safe."

  3. 'If football spreads money around, other businesses should' - Dyche


    Get ready for Burnley manager Sean Dyche's responses to football reporter Simon Stone's questions on the current financial plight of clubs, resulting from Covid-19 restrictions.

    On Premier League clubs helping out other clubs:

    "If the Premier League can do their bit to enhance the chances of other teams surviving possibly they may step in but does that mean every hedge-fund manager who is incredibly successful does that - filter down to the hedge-fund managers who are not so successful?

    "Does it filter down from the restaurants, so the ones who are surviving can look after the ones who are not surviving?

    "You can’t just measure football on its own - there are lots of businesses out there that are making huge sums of money who could therefore protect businesses in their line of work who are lower down in their business streams.

    "If you are going to apply it to football, you have to apply it across the country to everyone and every business, then you have a balanced and fair look at it. I don’t think you can just say it is good for football. If football can spread it around, there are other businesses that are incredibly successful who can all spread money around."

  4. Leeds in for Llorente

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Leeds United are closing in on a deal for Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente.

    The 27-year-old Spanish international would provide back-up for first-choice centre-back pairing Robin Koch and Liam Cooper.

    Leeds have conceded seven goals in their opening two fixtures, having lost 4-3 to Liverpool on the opening weekend and beating Fulham by the same scoreline last Saturday.

    Llorente, a former Real Madrid player, can also play in midfield.

    Talks between the two clubs are continuing as Leeds pursue their fifth major signing of the summer following promotion to the Premier League.

    Manager Marcelo Bielsa has already spent significant money on players, including a club record £26m for former Valencia forward Rodrigo, £13m on Freiburg defender Koch, and £16m on ex-Wolves winger Helder Costa, who scored twice in the win over Fulham.

  5. Premier League statement on the postponement of the reintroduction of fans

    Premier League

    The Premier League notes the Government’s announcement today and while the health of the nation must remain everyone’s priority, we are disappointed that the safe return of supporters to matches has been postponed.

    The Premier League is certain that, through League-wide guidelines and a code of conduct developed with scientific experts and agreed by the Government’s Sports Ground Safety Authority, fans in stadiums will be as safe or even safer than at any other public activity currently permitted. This is already evident in other European leagues.

    Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them. Last season, Premier League clubs suffered £700m in losses and at present, our national game is losing more than £100m per month. This is starting to have a devastating impact on clubs and their communities.

    We are confident that Premier League clubs, using innovative ways to get supporters safely back into grounds, will enable revenues to return to all levels of the game, as well as maintain solidarity arrangements, current tax contributions and financial support for local and national economies.

    While there is a current pause in a date for fans returning to sports venues, the Premier League and our clubs will not slow down in our preparations for providing safe, bio-secure environments. We will continue to work with Government to bring supporters safely back into grounds as soon as possible.

  6. Mendy about to put pen to paper (electronic signature to screen?)


    That's it from Lamps. So Senegal stopper Edouard Mendy is at Chelsea and set to sign.

    How will Kepa Arrizabalaga respond to that?

  7. 'We brought Mendy in to bring that competition' - Lampard

    Chelsea v Barnsley (Wed, 19:45 BST)


    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: "We brought Mendy in to bring that competition. It's an area that Kepa wants to improve... in his own performance. It's in everybody's hands to push, train and have the right attitude.

    "It's the hardest position because of its individual nature. As a manager I have to be sympathetic. I changed keepers last season from Kepa to Willy - when I do it I do it with a different thought process."

  8. 'We're clearly in pre-season mode' - Lampard

    Chelsea v Barnsley (Wed, 19:45 BST)


    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: "Petr Cech certainly had a big say [in the signing of Mendy]."

    On Havertz: "I have my own ideas about where Kai Havertz should play. With Kai is getting him fit - he is heavily, like I mentioned with the squad, in pre-season mode."

    Lampard adds that new full-back Ben Chilwell is in the squad for the cup tie.

  9. 'We're clearly in pre-season mode' - Lampard

    Chelsea v Barnsley (Wed, 19:45 BST)


    Here's some more Lampard: "We had a short a break as you can have because of our Champions League match against Bayern Munich which took us two weeks beyond the regular season. We also made new signings and double figures of quarantine. We're clearly in pre-season mode that's because we must not get too judgemental."

  10. 'Mendy having a medical' - Lampard


    The Chelsea manager adds that Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is having a medical.

    "Mendy is having a medical as we speak. Subject to that being OK later on he will become our player."

  11. 'I hope fans are back as quickly as possible'

    Chelsea v Barnsley (Wed, 19:45 BST)


    More from Lampard: "We all want fans back and the fans want to be back in a controlled manner. I hope it happens as quickly as possible. Safety must always be paramount. As soon as we can get a controlled level of fans back in the stadium then we really must push for that."

  12. Team news

    Chelsea v Barnsley (Wed, 19:45 BST)


    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: "Thiago Silva is in the squad tomorrow. I'll make a decision about how many minutes he will get."

  13. Tuesday matches to go ahead with fans

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    The three friendly matches hosted by National League clubs this evening with fans in the stadium are set to go ahead as planned.

    Dartford, Dagenham and Redbridge and Yeovil have all made social media posts in the past hour advertising their respective games and the ticketing policy.

    In addition, Dagenham and Redbridge said that they had been 'advised by the FA that our match against Concord Rangers tonight can go ahead as planned.'

    The matches are limited to a maximum of 1,000 spectators, with tickets needing to be purchased before kick-off in line with club guidance.

  14. Chelsea news conference coming up

    Chelsea v Barnsley (Wed, 19:45 BST)


    Frank Lampard might have one or two things to say on the postponement on the reintroduction of fans, the defeat against Liverpool and, of course, Wednesday's Carabao Cup match against Barnsley.

    He should be opening his mouth at around 13:30 BST...

  15. What do you think of the delay to permit fans back in venues?


    Millsysview: We all want fans back in stadiums everywhere, there’s no doubt about that. But there has to be a safety aspect to it, there’s no point in bringing fans back into stadiums if it’s gonna lead to more infections, sport is a distraction, not the number one priority!

  16. Non-league clubs facing 'nightmare'

    Maidstone United

    The co-owner of National league South side Maidstone United believes that clubs will be forced to withdraw from the league if the restrictions on fans continue.

    The season for the clubs in the three National League divisions had been set to start on 3 October, two days after some fans were due to be permitted to return to grounds.

    BBC Sport understands the start season is now likely to be delayed.

    "The furlough system is coming to an end and it really is very complicated to manage it," Oliver Ash told BBC Radio Kent.

    "It is a nightmare and some clubs will really struggle as they will have contractual issues with players which are less flexible than others.

    "I am pretty sure that if this goes on for too long then some clubs may want to postpone or pull out of the league for the season."

  17. Climber Coxsey backs Covid funding bid

    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    British climber Shauna Coxsey is backing calls for the government to support sports struggling as a result of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

    She said: "Covid had a huge impact, walls forced to close, it's been hard for businesses and can see the impact is on-going.

    "Climbing walls are putting in so many safety measures to protect the public. Sport is about more than physical fitness it’s about mental well-being and a lot of people use climbing to benefit mental health."

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    Video caption: Britain's Shauna Coxsey wins bronze in Bouldering at the Climbing World Championships
  18. Breaking'Rule of six to apply to indoor team sports' - PM

    The Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirms the planned return of spectators to sports venues will now not go ahead from 1 October.

    He also says that the 'rule of six' applies to all indoor team sports.

    Ministers are "working urgently" to work out how to help sports clubs affected by restrictions.