Coronavirus in Sport LIVE: LaLiga on June 12, F1 British Grand Prix in government talks, Premier League LATEST – The Sun

THE Premier League is a step closer after the return of players to training, but N'Golo Kante and Troy Deeney will not have to train after concerns over coronavirus.

Meanwhile LaLiga is setting a much brisker pace as it has pencilled in June 12 for the first fixture back – Sevilla vs Betis.

Follow all the latest coronavirus in sport updates below…

 

  • DANI’S DATE

    Has Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos revealed the start date for the Premier League?

    The Spaniard, on loan from Real Madrid, has suggested the players are getting ready to restart on June 20.

    The 23-year-old told RTVE: “We are going to start a week late with respect to what is being talked about in Spain, which is June 12, and we are going to start the league on the 20th.

    “Forty-eight hours ago we passed the tests and the truth is that the entire team have given a negative result.”

  • FORTNIGHT'S A LONG TIME

    The British Grand Prix is on a knife-edge because of wrangling over a 14-day quarantine period.

    According to The Sun's political editor Tom Newton-Dunn, the Home Secretary Priti Patel is engaged in talks with organisers over this very point.

    He tweeted: “Will there be a 70th anniversary Silverstone grand prix this year?

    “Not if Formula 1 drivers aren't exempted from 14 days quarantine.

    “I'm told tense deliberations still ongoing in Govt about it even now ahead of Priti Patel's 5pm press conference. Going down to the chequered flag.”

  • SEAMS GOOD TO ME!

    Joffra Archer is looking forward to getting back on to the cricket pitch.

  • GRAZIE

    Italy and Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero has thanked medical staff in Italy, who held up his shirt in their PPE.

    He posted on Instagram a quote from Sophocles, saying: “The most beautiful human work is to be useful to others.”

    Italy has been one of the worst-hit countries in the world with 32,400 deaths.

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    L'opera umana più bella è di essere utile al prossimo. (Sofocle) cit. #adp10 #n10losangeles #enjoy #community

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  • KICKED INTO TOUCH

    Rugby was plunged into chaos as Leicester Tigers boss Geordan Murphy broke ranks and admitted they needed EIGHT WEEKS of pre-season training to return.

    Just days after Bristol Bears boss Pat Lam reckoned it would take his stars a month to get into shape, Murphy delivered a hammer-blow for a sport that can't agree on anything.

    Premiership Rugby boss Darren Childs' ludicrous claim that they wanted to be the first sport back on TV is in tatters and now their chances of completing this season with the final at Twickenham on August 15, now look shot too.

    Last night it was confirmed that there would be no training for at least TWO weeks – despite being given the all-clear by the government.

    And Leicester boss Murphy said: “We obviously have goals for ourselves in order to get the guys fit. That would be, realistically, a couple of months.

    “Rugby is very different to football. Our players have been hugely impressive throughout this period, keeping themselves very fit and attacking training in a strong way.”

  • TURN THE LIG-HTS ON

    LaLiga is reportedly set to return on June 12 with the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis.

    According to 'El Partidazo de COPE', league president Javier Tebas was looking for a key match to mark the comeback of Spain's top-flight.

    The report adds that the 57-year-old plans to make the date official on May 28 when he relays the updated fixture list to the top-two divisions.

    Sevilla sporting director Monchi, as quoted by Football Espana, said: “There is no better way for LaLiga to return than this derby.

    “It will be one more incentive, as we are all looking forward to football returning and that first match will be magnificent.”

  • I WANT A CLEAN FIGHT

    Boxer Lawrence Okolie has been training in his back garden and SunSport's resident snapper RICHARD PELHAM is on hand to get the best pictures.

    There were fears – from fellow bruiser Luke Campbell – he wouldn't be able to keep his rented house in Hackney clean, because he's a bit messy.

    Okolie told WALLY DOWNES JR: “Since I have been back in London on lockdown I have been renting my own place and doing all my own cleaning.

    “I have also been able to help renovate my mum’s place with my brother. We laid a new floor and other things.”

    READ SUNSPORT'S EXCLUSIVE WITH OKOLIE HERE

  • NO-GOLO

    Chelsea will not try to compel N'Golo Kante to return even if he misses the rest of the Premier League campaign, according to reports.

    The Frenchman reported to the Blues training ground for testing earlier in the week but has now been given compassionate leave due to concerns about coronavirus.

    And The Star claim that the Blues are willing to return to match action without Kante if he does not feel it is safe.

    The midfielder is known to have health concerns after he collapsed in front of team-mates two years ago, while his older brother tragically died of a heart attack and his father passed away when he was just 11 years old.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Newcastle United’s £300million takeover is done, reports NEIL CUSTIS.

    The Premier League will give the green light for Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed consortium to take charge of the St James’ Park club — when the transfer of funds are sorted.

    There had been a delay while authorities work on Project Restart as they try to get the game up and running amid the Covid-19 crisis.

    SunSport understands the League’s owners and directors test found no barrier to the takeover.

    Financier Staveley, who is fronting the bid, is expecting official word next week.

    Then once the funds and paperwork are sorted an announcement will be made on or around June 1.

  • GOOD MORNING SPORT FANS
    QPR captain Grant Hall has joined a growing camp of players who think it is too dangerous for football to return.
    Watford striker Troy Deeney is refusing to train while Danny Rose slammed Project Restart as “b*****ks”, with Raheem Sterling and Tammy Abraham also expressing concern.
    Hall, 28, has just become a father to a baby girl.
    And he told SunSport: “Troy has refused to go back because he’s worried about his son’s health. Rightly, he’s putting his safety in front of football.
    “It’s hard to see how football can return. It’s not just us as players, we must worry about our families.”
    Leeds and West Brom will be promoted back to the Premier League should the Championship season be scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    The EFL have released a statement saying the season will be decided using the unweighted points-per-game system if the campaign is called off.
    Elsewhere Tottenham are set to fine Serge Aurier a maximum £140,000 for breaking lockdown for a third time.
    The right-back landed himself in hot water again after publishing a photo on Instagram of himself getting a haircut from a barber.
    And the Olympics would have to be cancelled if coronavirus stops the Games from going ahead next summer, as revealed by IOC chief Thomas Bach.
    Tokyo 2020 was pushed back to next summer as the pandemic swept the globe.

  • CASH WOE

    Ed Woodward's summing up of the current crisis is alarming, even if you are not a Manchester United fan.

    The executive vice-chairman told investors the Covid-19 outbreak represented “one of the most extraordinary and testing periods in the 142-year history of Manchester United”.

    It is quite a statement when you consider that in that time, to quote managing director Richard Arnold, “this club has endured two World Wars, a global depression, the credit crunch and a previous pandemic”.

    Not to mention the tragedy of Munich.

    But as Arnold added “the economic ramifications from this global pandemic will continue to resonate for years to come”.

  • DON'T TAKE FOR GRANTED

    Exclusive by Justin Allen

    QPR captain Grant Hall has joined a growing camp of players who think it is too dangerous for football to return.

    Watford striker Troy Deeney is refusing to train while Danny Rose slammed Project Restart as “b*****ks”, with Raheem Sterling and Tammy Abraham also expressing concern.

    Hall, 28, has just become a father to a baby girl.

    And he told SunSport: “Troy has refused to go back because he’s worried about his son’s health. Rightly, he’sputting his safety in front of football.

    “It’s hard to see how football can return. It’s not just us as players, we must worry about our families.

    “We’ve been told we’re getting tested twice a week and once that gets rolling you’ll see players diagnosed withCovid-19 like we did on Tuesday with the six from the Premier League.

    “It’s getting to the point wherefootball must get moving if we’re to finish the season, but it’s got to be safe and I see it as difficult to make safe.”

  • 'HOLY GRAIL' – Exclusive by Wally Downes Jr

    Derek Chisora is ready to fight anywhere in the world to land his dream all-British world title clash with Anthony Joshua.

    The Finchley bruiser is waiting in the wings to face Oleksandr Usyk, the undefeated superstar the WBO have mandated to face AJ.

    The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has postponed the O2 event but Chisora’s manager David Haye confirmed to SunSport that Chisora has his gear packed and is ready to head anywhere that is willing to host the showdown.

    The Hayemaker said: “Derek Chisora is fit and ready to fight and that is and always has been his thing.

    “As long as there is a ring and a referee who can count to 10, Derek will be there. He is not a primadonna, he just wants the shot that he deserves.

    “Usyk is the WBO mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s title, so when Derek wins he takes that mantle and sets up a great all-British fight that nobody would have thought they would ever have seen in AJ vs Derek Chisora.

  • MOR TO COME

    Derby County chairman Mel Morris is hopeful the Championship will resume next month.

    But he admits if there is a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, then he would vote for long-time pacesetters Leeds United and West Brom to be promoted to the Premier League.

    Morris told Rams TV: “Let’s face it there is no guarantee, even if we kick off in June that we will see the season out.

    “Because if we are hit with a blight of players being infected with this dreaded disease then it will bring things to a rapid halt.

    “In terms of whether the season is played out, or not, let's face it if you stop the season now you will be hard pressed to say that the top two probably shouldn't just be promoted automatically.

    “Certainly, if I was asked to vote for that, I would vote for that.

    “The situation regarding the play-offs, that is probably a bit more tricky in terms of those (teams) probably one or two points away from the play-off zone at the moment. That might be a bit unfair, but you have got to draw the line somewhere.

    “It’s challenging but we’ve got to decide it some way or another. There are going to be some winners and some losers.”

  • MASTERPLAN

    Prem clubs have been sent the new “contact training” guidelines – as the second wave of Covid-19 testing began.

    Tuesday’s planned meeting to discuss the Stage Two protocols allowing full training has been pushed back 24 hours to give the clubs a chance to liaise with their players and medical staff.

    But League bosses are hoping that the extra time will allow the clubs to agree a restart date for the critical next phase at Wednesday’s virtual meeting of the 20 “shareholders”.

    The guidelines, described by League insiders as a “first draft”, are based on the elite sports rules due to be published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport today.

  • RIGHT ON CUE

    Judd Trump and Neil Robertson will headline snooker’s lockdown return on June 1.

    The two best players in the world will be involved in the 64-man Championship League at Milton Keynes’ Marshall Arena between June 1-11.

    The event will be broadcast on ITV and is open to all 128 World Snooker Tour cardholders.

    Players will be grouped in round-robin format and there are strict rules on social distancing and hygiene.

    There is a £200,000 total prize fund with a guaranteed £1,000 purse for each player.

    The winner will receive £30,000 and a place in November’s Champion of Champions.

  • NUMBERS GAME

    Peterborough United and Sunderland face promotion pain as the EFL chose to divide and rule in League One.

    Darragh MacAnthony and Stewart Donald were left looking for allies to keep the season going after their plans were wrecked.

    Posh and the Black Cats wanted an extended end-of-season play-off to settle promotion to the Championship.

    But EFL supremo Rick Parry wants to stick with the normal method of sides from third to sixth going into that event.

    Now Posh and Sunderland need 12 votes to over-ride Parry, but the numbers are against them.

  • FALSE START

    Formula One chiefs are drawing up a draft 2020 calendar WITHOUT the British GP.

    Silverstone bosses had agreed a two-race deal with F1 but that could come unstuck due to the government's imposed 14-day quarantine period due to the coronavirus.

    That would prevent drivers and teams such as Ferrari, Alpha Tauri, Alfa Romeo, Pirelli and Honda from all going straight to the race track.

    Both F1 and British GP bosses had hoped for special dispensation to allow two behind-closed doors races to celebrate the sport's 70th birthday.

    However, they have been forced in to putting a new schedule together without Silverstone.

    As it stands, F1 is set to kick off the season on July 5th in Austria with a second race later that week also at the Red Bull Ring.

  • NEGATIVE IS A POSITIVE

    Dani Ceballos has confirmed the entire Arsenal squad tested negative for coronavirus.

    The midfielder said: “Forty eight hours ago we passed the tests, and the truth is that the whole team has tested negative.

    “We are going to start a week late with respect to what is being talked about in Spain, which is June 12, and we are going to start the league on the 20th.”

  • BRIGHT RESULTS

    Brighton chairman Paul Barber has confirmed that none of the club's squad have tested positive for coronavirus.

    The Seagulls have got the clear to start training.

  • FIGHTING FIT

    Harry Kane has revealed he is “feeling fitter every day” as he reaches the final phase of his rehab from hamstring surgery.

    The striker could be fit to face Manchester United when the season finally resumes with Spurs hosting the Red Devils.

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    Feeling fitter every day. Hope everyone’s keeping well ⚽️☀️

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  • PROMOTION SENSATION

    Leeds and West Brom WILL be promoted back to the Premier League should the Championship season be scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic, reports JUSTIN ALLEN.

    The Whites and the Baggies – both sitting in the top two of second-tier of English football – had feared that their dreams of returning to top-flight could be scuppered.

    But the EFL have released a statement where they have stated that the season will be decided using unweighted points-per-game system if the campaign is called off.

    And they have even announced that they still play to hold play-offs should it be declared as safe to do so.

    Football League big-wigs released drafted proposals and will now allow each division – the Championship, League One and Two – to decide whether to play the remaining games of the season or to call time on it now.

  • CROWD PROUD

    Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin expects fans to be back at matches soon.

    He told El Mundo: “I don't like apocalyptic visions that say we should expect a second wave, a third or a fifth.

    “People we know will die one day, but do we need to be worried now? Should we be fearful now? I don't think so.

    “We are ready (to hold the Euros) and we're going to follow the recommendations of the health authorities.

    “I’m absolutely sure that the good and old football with supporters will be back soon.”

  • BREAKING ON EFL

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  • WAGE CUT

    Covidiot Serge Aurier’s latest lockdown lapse could cost him £140,000.

    Tottenham are set to fine their Ivorian right-back for breaking Covid guidelines for a THIRD time – when he published a photo on Instagram of himself getting a haircut from a barber.

    Spurs chiefs are furious with the £70,000-a-week defender for his latest breach and are believed to be considering handing him the maximum fine possible of two weeks wages.

    It could also put his future at the North London club in jeopardy – although that largely depends on the state of the transfer market when the window eventually reopens after the coronavirus lockdown.

    Tottenham’s hierarchy feel Aurier has embarrassed the club with his lockdown transgressions.

    He was first spotted out running with a pal – before he posted another online pic alongside team-mate Moussa Sissoko.

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