Coronavirus in sport LIVE: Wimbledon CANCELLED reaction, Khabib speaks out on UFC 249, and Premier League latest – The Sun

WIMBLEDON have officially cancelled this summer's championships due to coronavirus – the first year they won't go ahead since WWII.

Meanwhile, the Premier League are frantically making plans for how to finish this season, while it's been hinted that Conor McGregor could take part at UFC 249.

And fitness guru Joe Wicks has seen his odds of being named Sports Personality of the Year cut after his national heroics online.

Follow all the latest news and updates as the sporting world deals with the threat of coronavirus…


    Wimbledon's axing for the first time since 1945 shares top billing with news Uefa WILL allow the Premier League season to extend – and fury at top clubs for cutting the wages of non-playing staff due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    SW19 joins deferred events like Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics in not taking place this year, with tennis not returning at all until July 13 at the very earliest.

    Meanwhile, European football chiefs have agreed to create space to finish domestic leagues.

    To do this, all international games have been put on hold until at least September, with remaining Champions League and Europa League ties delayed indefinitely.

    But Harry Redknapp has slated his old Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy as Prem clubs face criticism for furloughing staff – while leaving their players' mega pay packets untouched.

    Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee chairman Julian Knight hit out at Spurs, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Norwich taking advantage of the Government scheme.

    He said: “It sticks in the throat.

    “This exposes the crazy economics in English football and the moral vacuum at its centre.”

    And ex-Tottenham and West Ham manager Redknapp said: “I can’t believe it. Surely players should be taking a cut. This isn’t for big clubs like Tottenham.

    “I thought the Government were going to pay ordinary people who are struggling and help small businesses who are struggling.

    “But you are talking here about a club where their players earn £10-12million a year.”


    Harry Redknapp slammed his old Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for slashing the wages of non-playing staff.

    Levy will use the Government’s furlough scheme as 550 Spurs employees take a 20 per cent cut — while players on mega-money deals still bank full pay.

    And ex-manager Redknapp is shocked by the decision to hit the ordinary workers.

    He also called on Tottenham’s top earners — and all the Premier League big hitters — to donate a chunk of their salaries to help the NHS and the country.

    Redknapp, 73, said: “I can’t believe it. Surely players should be taking a cut. This isn’t for big clubs like Tottenham.

    “I thought the Government were going to pay ordinary people who are struggling and help small businesses who are struggling.

    “But you are talking here about a club where their players earn £10-12million a year.

    “Tottenham are owned by Joe Lewis, one of the richest men in the world, and his club are cutting the wages of all their non-football staff by 20 per cent. I can’t believe it.

    “Here is a club where the average player earns £80,000, £90,000, £100,000 a week.”


    “Devastated” Roger Federer vowed to return next year after Wimbledon was axed for the first time in 75 years.

    All England Club bosses were forced to cancel the grass-court Grand Slam because of the coronavirus crisis but had insurance policies in place.nce policies in place.

    The SW19 grounds and medical equipment will now be available for the NHS – as first reported by SunSport.

    Switzerland’s eight-time singles winner Federer, 38, said: “I can’t wait to come back next year.

    “It only makes us appreciate our sport even more during these times.”

    Romania’s reigning women’s champion Simona Halep said: “So sad to hear Wimbledon won’t take place this year.

    “Last year’s final will forever be one of the happiest days of my life.

    “But we are going through something bigger than tennis and Wimbledon will be back!

    “And it means I have even longer to look forward to defending my title.”


    Women's football is simply being ignored amid the coronavirus crisis.

    Whenever I switch on the television the updates are all about the male players, so I checked in with the girls to see how they’re coping.

    I have spoken toArsenal’s Leah Williamson and Jordan Nobbs and Lyon’s Lucy Bronze. We all agreed football comes second and there are far more important issues going on atthe moment.

    But the coronavirus crisis has highlighted the huge disparities between the men’s and women’s games.

    When the US women’s national team are fighting for equality everyone thinks they are going on about money. It’s so much more than that.

    Situations like this virus highlight just how far female footballers are from being treated on a par with men.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta hit the headlines when he contracted Covid-19 three weeks ago and his squad were put into self-isolation.

    The women’s team use the same training ground and it is likely they would have come into contact with Arteta and the men’s team — yet there has been no announcement on how it affected the women’s team.


    Paul Gascoigne has shacked up with a glamorous single mum during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The former England and Spurs ace fell for Wendy Leech after meeting her on holiday in Spain.

    Gazza, 52, and mum-of-two Wendy, 43, were spotted escaping lockdown to take her dogs for a stroll close to her £65,000 flat in Salford, Gtr Manchester.

    A source said: “Paul looks happy with Wendy.

    “They met in Spain while he was on holiday earlier this month and have been together now for a couple of weeks.”

    In January, Geordie Gazza — who has had a long battle with booze and mental health problems — said he had found peace thanks to anti-alcohol pellets.

    The implants make him feel sick if he has too much to drink.

    He said: “It means you can have a beer or a glass of wine and socialise, but you cannot have any more.”

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