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COVID IN SPORT

PREMIER LEAGUE action is due to resume in two weeks and we are expecting the full fixture list to be announced soon.

And in a further boost to football fans in the UK, the Championship has set a provisional date to restart while we've all the latest on the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Monday also marked the first day for a return of horse racing and greyhounds.

Follow all the latest coronavirus in sport updates below...

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    MORE ON TOON TICKETS

    The Magpies' Supporters' Trust continued: “We have previously contacted Newcastle United to express our concerns at the lack of action by Newcastle United to assist its supporters in a time of need during this unprecedented global health and economic crisis.

    “You have called on the fans of Newcastle United for support so often over the years and when we called for you to stand by your supporters, you did nothing.

    “The majority of clubs have managed to find solutions to these ticketing issues and to offer support to their fans.

    “There is no obvious obstacle to Newcastle United doing the same.”

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    FANS TICKED OFF

    Newcastle have been blasted for a “dereliction of duty” by their supporters’ trust after continuing to take season ticket money for next year, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    With the Saudi takeover in the hands of the Premier League, owner Mike Ashley has maintained a wall of silence over reimbursing supporters.

    Whereas other Prem clubs acted quickly, Magpies supporters have not received refunds for games to be behind closed doors.

    And some have even had four direct debit payments taken for next season, despite not knowing if fans can attend.

    In a letter written to MD Lee Charnley last week, the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust demanded confirmation of refunds for this campaign and season ticket payments for next to be paused.

    It said: “We understand the club finds itself in a complex situation in light of the prospective sale of the club by the incumbent owner.

    “That does not give you a legitimate right to a dereliction of duty to your supporters. Without supporters, Newcastle United does not exist.”

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    PREM CORONA SCARE

    One Premier League player has tested POSITIVE for coronavirus from one club, but they remain anonymous.

    The league said in a statement: “The Premier League can today confirm that on Monday 1 June and Tuesday 2 June, 1197 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, one has tested positive from one club.

    “Players or Club staff who test positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.

    “The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.

    “No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.”

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    PREM FIXTURES UPDATE

    The Premier League have not announced the dates and kick-off times of their fixtures because the broadcasters are scrambling to get their ducks in a row.

    Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon have all paid for rights and are set to broadcast live games, even thought the BBC only has a highlights package.

    But the four media bodies have to announce the fixtures at the same time.

    That means we won't hear about firm dates and kick-off times until potentially NEXT WEEK.

    Luckily we already know Manchester City are playing Arsenal on June 17, as well as Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

    For fans who have waited nearly three months to watch their team in some form or another, that doesn't leave much time to decide which beer, crisps and pizza to buy for their Premier League viewing.

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    TRIO OPT OUT

    Three West Indies players have decided against travelling to England for their Test series as Formula One looks to finalise a revamped calendar.

    The West Indies will play a three-Test series in July and August which will go ahead behind closed doors at 'biosecure' venues because of coronavirus.

    Batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer and fast bowling all-rounder Keemo Paul have been left out of a 25-man touring party.

    A Cricket West Indies statement read: “Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul all declined the invitation to travel to England for the tour and CWI fully respects their decision to choose to do so.

    “As previously stated, CWI will not hold this decision against these players when considering future selection.”

    England announced on Tuesday that, subject to Government clearance, the series will start at the Ageas Bowl on July 8 followed by two Tests at Emirates Old Trafford beginning on July 16 and July 24 respectively.

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    NO ACTION AGAINST SANCHO

    The DFB has revealed that there will be NO action against Jadon Sancho, his Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi, Schalke's Weston McKennie and Monchengladbach's Marcus Thuram for their protesting slogans in support of murdered George Floyd.

    The German FA said: “Of course, the DFB control committee always has the requirements of the FIFA football rules and the DFB regulations in mind.

    “In the specific case, however, these are targeted anti-racism campaigns by the players, which are committed to values ​​for which the DFB also stands and always stands for.

    “Therefore, no proceedings will be initiated, even with comparable anti-racism campaigns, in the next few weeks.”

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    INTERESTING KOREA BREAK

    Son Heung-min says he made new friends during his coronavirus-enforced military service in South Korea.

    The Spurs forward said: “It was a good experience. I couldn't say everything that I've done but I really enjoyed it.

    “Those guys were nice. The three weeks were tough but I tried to enjoy it.

    “I don't know how the people felt, but for me the three weeks have been long but it was a good experience, I enjoyed it.

    “The first day when we don't know each other was a bit weird but soon we got to know each other.

    “We spent every day together in one room, 10 people very close, working together, we helped each other so the time was fantastic.

    “Those guys, the first day and second day they couldn't even speak to me but by the end they were joking with me and we were enjoying everyone together.”

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    WAGE TO GO

    Barcelona players have rejected a second pay cut with the club in dire financial trouble ahead of La Liga's restart, according to reports.

    Lionel Messi and his team-mates have knocked back the club's attempts to reduce their wage bill further after the squad previously accepted an initial reduction.

    RAC1 report the players have rebuffed pleas from President Josep Maria Bartomeu – made in person at training on May 23 – to give up more of their salary.

    The Catalan giants are struggling to deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis despite La Liga's imminent return on June 11.

    The superstar squad agreed to a 70 per cent cut back in March with the club expected to lose £174million in revenue.

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    SCOTS RETURN

    The Scottish Premiership will return on August 1 with fans able to buy virtual season tickets to live stream games from home.

    Football chiefs in Scotland cancelled the rest of this current season – handing Celtic the title.

    They will start the 2020/21 campaign in under nine weeks' time.

    Fans will be completely banned from attending matches due to the coronavirus.

    But they will be able to buy special season tickets to watch their team's matches on TV.

    A deal has been struck with Sky Sports so fans can purchase all the home games and stream them live in their own homes.

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    VALUE FOR MONEY

    SunSport has collated the most-expensive players in football after the coronavirus crisis.

    Football has been hit severely, with some clubs paying their players in full, while others have reduced their wages.

    Here is how transfer values will look after the crisis.

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    ERLING KO

    Borussia Dortmund may have to make do without Erling Haaland again on Saturday as the star striker struggles to overcome a knee injury.

    Hertha Berlin travel to Signal Iduna Park for the 6.30pm kick-off with Dortmund in a fierce battle for Champions League qualification.

    Four teams sit within four points of each other as they vie for the remaining three places in next season's competition.

    Bayern Munich are clear leaders atop the Bundesliga, seven points clear of Lucien Favre's side who lead RB Leipzig, Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen by a narrow margin.

    And, according to Bild, Haaland is highly unlikely to feature on the weekend due to a knee ligament strain.

    Physios worked on the Norwegian earlier in the week and he also missed training on Wednesday.

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    UNFAIR ADVANTAGE

    Fans will NOT be able to attend Spanish matches when the season resumes after being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic on June 10 after Las Palmas had hinted they would.

    The health ministry is examining the risks of fans attending matches in regions where there was a low risk of infection after Las Palmas president Miguel Angel Ramirez said he hoped spectators could attend his side's matches in the Canary Islands where the virus is less prevalent.

    Junior health minister Irene Lozano told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser on Wednesday: “Right now it's impossible to have fans in the stadiums for sporting reasons.

    “The agreement we reached with La Liga was to restart the campaign behind closed doors.

    “We have to respect the integrity of the competition, La Liga is a national competition and we made a big effort to ensure teams trained in the same conditions.

    “Until all provinces are in the same phase of de-escalation it's impossible to have matches with crowds.”

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    PREM STREAMING ON AMAZON

    Amazon is set to stream live Premier League games, WITHOUT the need for a Prime membership.

    The online shopping giant-turn-video-service will broadcast 33 games for free in the UK.

    Great news for footie fans!

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    FANS ALLOWED BACK IN

    Small crowds at sporting events may be possible in the near future, Australia's deputy chief medical officer said on Wednesday, citing successful efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.

    Australia has not reported a death from the disease for more than a week. It has recorded 102 COVID-19 deaths and almost 7,200 infections.

    With fewer than 20 cases each day, Australia has allowed professional sport to begin, though no crowds are permitted.

    Australia's deputy chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, told reporters in Canberra: “We're going to try and get back to as much normality as we can, and I would join many people in wanting to go and watch a football match.

    “But we need to do this in a staged fashion,”

    Australia's national cabinet in May agreed on a three-step plan to remove the bulk of social distance curbs by July, though it did mention crowds at sporting venues could be problematic.

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    J-LEAGUE POSITIVE

    Nagoya Grampus forward Mu Kanazaki has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the J.League club have said.

    Kanazaki's positive test comes less than a week after the J.League announced plans to restart the campaign on July 4, albeit without fans in stadiums, and as many clubs returned to full training.

    Each team had played only one league match when the campaign was suspended on February 26.

    The club said Kanazaki, who has 11 caps for Japan, reported a temperature of 38.5 Celsius after training on Friday and received the result of his coronavirus test on Tuesday.

    With restrictions eased across Japan, professional sports teams, including Nippon Professional Baseball clubs, have been returning to training.

    Japan has been largely successful in containing COVID-19, recording 17,000 infections and 914 deaths.

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    JACK SORRY

    Jack Grealish is hoping to draw a line under the controversy surrounding him agreeing to visit a friend during the coronavirus lockdown in March.

    Police were called to the Dickens Heath area of Solihull to reports a Range Rover had crashed into two parked cars, with pictures emerging online of the Aston Villa captain at the scene in slippers and a bright blue hoodie.

    And in an interview with The Guardian, he said: “I knew straight away that I had to come out and apologise myself, which I wanted to do; I didn't want to hide behind a club statement.

    “I am old enough now and mature enough to know that I'd done wrong.

    “I know I am a footballer but I'm still human and we all make mistakes and straight away I knew I'd made a mistake.

    “I’m also a role model as well to a lot of people out there, especially young children who might look up to me.”

  • PREM FIXTURES TODAY

    The Premier League is expected to announce the fixture list for Project Restart at some point today.

    Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United will kick off proceedings on Wednesday 17 June, but we are set to find out what time and on what TV channel.

    Manchester United's trip to Tottenham is expected to be the first game of the weekend on Friday night.

    The league schedule is looking like full match rounds on six long weekends, with three midweek slots including games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

    The midweek rounds are expected to be 23-25 June, 7-9 July and 14-16 July.

    Stay with us for all the latest…

  • MORNING SPORTS FANS

    With teams gearing up for the anticipated restart of the Premier League, each club are busily making arrangements to be as ready as possible.

    And in a bid to get properly fit, they have been granted permission to play friendlies under strict conditions, prior to the division's return later this month.

    Having not played since March, teams are hoping to sharpen up with matches prior to the league's restart, an idea that the Telegraph reveal has been accepted by the Premier League.

    Matches will be able to take place at training grounds or stadiums, although sides must travel for more than 90 minutes – and players must journey to games in their own cars and in kit.

    No referees will be admitted, so coaching staff will have to officiate.

    One player feeling the rigours of training under Covid-19 conditions is Olivier Giroud, who admitted: “Normally in pre-season, you’re very demanding with your muscles and use them a lot, especially when you haven’t been training for over two months.

    “Muscles strain and creak but we respect the rules from the Government and the Premier League. I’ll admit that if I could have more care and treatment to look after my body, it would be better.”

    Meanwhile in basketball news, the NBA are edging closer to a return, with Yahoo's Keith Smith reporting that an agreement has been reached with Disney this week that will “allow preparations to move quickly” – with the Orlando resort the frontrunner to host a return to action.

    On these shores, however, the British Basketball League has been forced to cancel the rest of its 2019-20 campaign.

  • FAN FARE – ICYMI

    The president of the Italian Football Federation is not ruling out the possibility that fans could still attend Serie A matches this season.

    There are still 124 games remaining of the top-flight campaign in Italy ahead of a June 20 restart.

    League organisers have drafted plans to host matches almost every day until August 2 when the crisis-hit campaign will finally come to an end.

    Only five days from the 44 will see no football being played with Juventus, Lazio and Inter Milan in a three-way battle for the title.

    But unlike all top leagues across Europe who will complete games behind closed doors, there is a small chance a section of supporters in Italy could attend the final games.

    Reported by the Athletic, IFF president Gabriele Gravina said of the possibility: “It’s unthinkable that there isn’t space in a stadium of 60,000 for a small percentage (of supporters to watch a game) with all the necessary precautions.”

  • PARK THE BUS

    Jurgen Klopp has promised Liverpool will hold a title parade, no matter how long they have to wait for it.

    The champions-elect are just two wins away from Premier League glory.

    And boss Klopp has guaranteed fans will get their chance to celebrate as soon as it is safe to meet at Anfield.

    He said: “I can promise that if we are the champions then there will be a parade.

    “Who cares whenever it is. We only need one day when everyone is able to come out.

    “You celebrate wherever you can. You can find issues in any situation if you want.”

  • BODY OF WORK

    Olivier Giroud admits his body is feeling the strain of training coronavirus-style.

    The World Cup winner said: “There are quite a lot of differences.

    ‘We’ve been working in groups of five and then we need to maintain a two-metre minimum social distance between each other, meaning no contact.

    “Something else that’s changed compared to usual pre-seasons is that we only get 15 minutes of treatment after training.

    “Normally in pre-season, you’re very demanding with your muscles and use them a lot, especially when you haven’t been training for over two months.

    “Muscles strain and creak but we respect the rules from the Government and the Premier League. I’ll admit that if I could have more care and treatment to look after my body, it would be better.”

  • FRIENDLY FOES

    Premier League clubs have been granted permission to play friendlies under strict conditions, prior to the division's return later this month.

    Having not played since March, teams are hoping to sharpen up with matches prior to the league's restart, an idea that the Telegraph reveal has been accepted by the Premier League.

    Matches will be able to take place at training grounds or stadiums, although sides must travel for more than 90 minutes – and players must journey to games in their own cars and in kit.

    No referees will be admitted, so coaching staff will have to officiate.

  • RETURN TO NEVER LAND

    The NBA have agreed that Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando will be primary hosts as they edge towards a resumption.

    While other leagues in other sports have been announcing return dates, commissioner Adam Silver has been patiently weighing up all the options.

    Las Vegas was talked about as another “bubble” type host to get games back up and running.

    But according to Yahoo's Keith Smith, an agreement has been reached with Disney this week that will “allow preparations to move quickly.”

  • STOP THE PRES

    Promotion-chasing Preston face putting a handful of players into self-isolation in the build-up to the re-start.

    Alex Neil's squad was hit by the news that an un-named striker had a SECOND positive case of Covid-19 just days after striker Jayden Stockley was sidelined.

    And this incident means that ALL of the team who were training with the first-team regular will also now have to stay away.

    The new 'victim' will be on his own for a week.

    However the rest of the group who worked with him may also have to self-isolate and be away from their team-mates for a fortnight.

    It is a major setback for North End who have been working hard and aiming to play their first game against Luton on June 20.

    Neil's squad had only stepped up contact training since last weekend and are working on a tight schedule to be ready in a hurry.

  • FAN FARE

    The president of the Italian Football Federation is not ruling out the possibility that fans could still attend Serie A matches this season.

    There are still 124 games remaining of the top-flight campaign in Italy ahead of a June 20 restart.

    League organisers have drafted plans to host matches almost every day until August 2 when the crisis-hit campaign will finally come to an end.

    Only five days from the 44 will see no football being played with Juventus, Lazio and Inter Milan in a three-way battle for the title.

    But unlike all top leagues across Europe who will complete games behind closed doors, there is a small chance a section of supporters in Italy could attend the final games.

    Reported by the Athletic, IFF president Gabriele Gravina said of the possibility: “It’s unthinkable that there isn’t space in a stadium of 60,000 for a small percentage (of supporters to watch a game) with all the necessary precautions.”

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