Coronavirus in sport LIVE: Olympics called to be postponed, Premier League LATEST, and Khabib UFC fight to go ahead – The Sun


THE PREMIER LEAGUE has extended its suspension until April 30, but confirmed the season WILL finish in a boost to league leaders Liverpool.

Elsewhere, Khabib Nurmagomedov's UFC fight against Tony Ferguson is still set to go ahead, as is WrestleMania 36.

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

  • ARE EU SERIOUS?

    Big news coming out from the Telegraph.

    They state that the Premier League could buy English football another two-month extension of football should the last Europa League spot be surrendered.

    This would enable more games to be played as that club wouldn't be taking part in Europa League qualifying.

  • GET WELL SOON

    Juventus superstar Paulo Dybala has confirmed he and his girlfriend have tested positive for coronavirus.

    He wrote on Instagram: “Hi everyone, I just wanted to inform you that we have received the results for the Covid-19 test and both Oriana and I have tested positive.

    “Luckily we are in perfect conditions. Thanks for your messages.”

    Dybala’s Juve team-mates Blaise Matuidi and Daniele Rugani also tested positive for the killer virus earlier this month.

    Rugani, 25, from Lucca in Italy, was the first Serie A player to contract the bug.

    His girlfriend later admitted she was “afraid” after revealing she was pregnant following her man’s diagnosis.

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    Hola a todos, quería comunicarles que acabamos de recibir los resultados del test del Covid-19 y tanto @orianasabatini como yo dimos positivo. Por fortuna nos encontramos en perfecto estado. Gracias por sus mensajes y un saludo a todos 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 Ciao a tutti, volevo informarvi che abbiamo appena ricevuto i risultati del test Covid-19 e sia io che Oriana siamo risultati positivi. Fortunatamente siamo in perfette condizioni. Grazie per i vostri messaggi. Un saluto a tutti! 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 Hi everyone, I just wantedto inform you that we have received the results for the Covid-19 test and both Oriana and I have tested positive. Luckily we are in perfect conditions. Thanks for your messages. 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼

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  • GAMES TO THE LAST

    The Brazilian Olympic committee has called for the 2020 Tokyo Games to be postponed amid this coronavirus outbreak.

    The COB has urged organisers to move the Olympics due to be held in Japan this summer, to the same dates in 2021.

    The Games are still scheduled to go ahead and are set to start on July 24 until August 9.

    But there is growing concern and worry among many including athletes and also USA Track and Field who have expressed their growing concern.

    They worry about keeping fit and healthy and being able to take part in qualifying events and competitions ahead of the event, and earlier on Saturday urged for the games to be put on hold.

    In a statement which has been posted on the USATF Twitter account, it reads: ”USATF’s top priority has, and will continue to be, the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, staff and volunteer leaders.

    ”As you know, the Olympic games are only a few months away.

    ”This is a critical time for our athletes to train and compete, as they seek to put themselves in the best possible position to represent our country.”

  • CITY BREAKS

    EXCLUSIVE by Marc Mayo: Uefa may be forced to change the host cities of Euro 2021 as the coronavirus pandemic hits local economies, a top lawyer has warned.

    The situation each city will find itself in in a year’s time is unclear and the sudden nature of the tournament being postponed could open a Pandora’s Box of legal problems.

    Venues could have to axe existing plans for the summer of 2021 to accommodate the tournament, on top of also losing the revenue for many of this year’s affected events.

    There are also issues for the supporting leisure industry – from hotels and taxis to bars and merchandise vendors.

    Such a combination of issues could make hosting a major event untenable for certain cities, forcing Uefa to look elsewhere.

    Simon Leaf, managing associate of London firm Mischon de Reya, spoke to SunSport about whether an impending shockwave would affect the tournament, including final host Wembley.

    He said: “It’s very likely, even in the UK. Generally there are a lot of industries at the moment – particularly in the leisure sector – that are going to struggle over the next few months.

    “If this continues like it looks like it will, it may end up looking like a very different tournament in 2021 than it would have done in 2020.

    “There are the others in the leisure industry, the hotels, the taxis who are now going to have a very quiet summer and let’s hope they are still around to provide the services and enjoy the event in 2021.”

  • 'STICK TOO FOOTBALL'

    Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier has been branded “thick” and “desperate for attention” after he compared coronavirus to common flu.

    The deadly COVID-19 bug continues to sweep the globe with over 11,800 deaths worldwide and has seen major sporting events cancelled or postponed.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shut schools in the UK, prohibited public places like pubs and clubs from being opened as well as recommending social distancing.

    But ex-Southampton midfielder Le Tissier argues the public should take just as many safety precautions when treating regular flu.

    He tweeted: “17000 people on average die of flu every year in the uk (646000 world) despite the fact we have a flu vaccine.

    “Surely the drastic measures we’re taking to deal with covid19 should be replicated to deal with the flu each year if we truly care about the elderly and the vulnerable?”

    However, users online slammed the now pundit for trying to compare coronavirus to normal flu, with COVID-19 putting a lot more stress on the NHS as they try to fight the new and killer bug.

    One said: “Are you this desperate for attention, Matt?”

    Another said: “Oh, how embarrassing.”

    One added: “You have a huge platform and all you’re doing is using it to show everyone how thick you are. Give it a rest, stay indoors and put your phone away for the rest of the year.”

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