Body wrap against coronavirus: the Tour de France delayed while the SPFL clubs vote for the end of the season

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The Tour de France was delayed until August and the Scottish Professional Football League ended three divisions as the coronavirus continued to disrupt the sports calendar on Wednesday.

UCI, the governing body of cycling, said the Tour would be postponed for two months and would now run between August 29 and September 20.

UCI President David Lappartient said: “I would like to pay tribute to the representatives of the organizers, the teams and the riders for their cooperation and their commitment during these difficult times.

“We have established a framework which will allow the fundamental rights of the riders and the staff of the teams to be preserved, while allowing the measures necessary for the survival of these teams to be taken.

“Together, we will be able to get through this crisis and rebuild cycling after Covid-19.”

Scottish clubs have voted to end the championship, league one and league two season with immediate effect.

The announcement came after Dundee canceled its previous intention to reject the proposals, obtaining the number required for the motion to pass.

Dundee originally submitted an electronic “no”, but he didn’t reach SPFL and the club didn’t realize until the league announced the results on Friday.

In a statement, the SPFL said: “The SPFL announced that the written resolution of the administrators ending the 2019/20 season in the Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League One and Ladbrokes League Two, was adopted with the agreement of 81 % of all members.

“The announcement comes after the rest of the Ladbrokes Championship club signed off on the resolution today, which resulted in Dundee United FC being declared Ladbrokes Championship champion, Raith Rovers FC being declared champion of Ladbrokes League One and Cove Rangers FC was declared champion of Ladbrokes League Two. ”

League One long distance club Stranraer, on one side with Partick Thistle to see their relegation confirmed following the decision, described it as “grossly unfair”.

Hearts owner Ann Budge will now lead a task force to explore the possibility of expanding the Scottish Premiership for next season.

In England, it was reported that a number of Premier League clubs would request a halt to the 2019-2020 season on July 1 at the shareholders’ meeting on Friday.

Although it is understood that the Premier League is reluctant to make firm decisions until the government puts in place a plan to lift the lockdowns, clubs would be wary of the campaign continuing.

Arsenal will not use the government’s coronavirus retention program as the club said “productive” wage talks with players continued during “one of the most difficult periods in our history by nearly 134 years ”.

Tottenham and Bournemouth recently followed Liverpool to reverse their controversial decisions to use the leave system, and Arsenal said it would not use the plan, while extending the pay of casual workers until the end of the month. may.

The club’s management team has voluntarily foregone more than a third of its revenues over the next year to cope with a difficult period in which the owners of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment “are fully committed to supporting Arsenal.”

A Gunners statement said: “The suspension of football and the wider global economic impact of the virus means that many of our sources of income are suspended or threatened.

Arsenal players are in discussion with the club
Arsenal players are in discussion with the club (Bradley Collyer / PA)

“The potential financial impact is significant, so we must be responsible and act now to best protect Arsenal from what could happen in the months to come.

“What is clear is that this is one of the most difficult periods in our history of almost 134 years. “

The club is still working on an agreement with the players. The Arsenal team would have rejected a 12.5% ​​pay cut this week for a year, the money being refunded if qualification was obtained for next season’s Champions League.

“Over the past 10 days, we have had discussions with them about potential financial challenges ahead and how we are planning for them now,” the statement said.

Away from the Premier League, Salford co-owner Gary Neville suspects that there is a “serious mixing problem” for English Football League players who are nearing the end of their contract.

The former Manchester United and England defender is concerned that the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic will be such that players whose current agreements expire at the end of June will find it difficult to find new clubs.

“There is a serious brewing problem in the coming months,” Neville told the Sky Sports News Football Show.

“More than 1,000 players in the championship, league one and league two are out of contract at the end of June and the clubs don’t have the money to retrain them.”

Meanwhile, Juventus pair Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi received the green light after contracting a coronavirus last month.

Gary Neville, David Beckham and Phil Neville are among the co-owners of Salford
Gary Neville, David Beckham and Phil Neville are among the co-owners of Salford (Bradley Collyer / PA)

The Saracens announced their intention to withdraw certain members of the personnel and to ask the high wage earners to take a partial postponement of wages.

The Gallagher Premiership club issued a statement in which it stated that it had asked all employees earning more than £ 75,000 to defer payment of their wages beyond this amount until the start of the 2020/21 season.

President Neil Golding said, “We understand that this is really difficult for everyone but the reality is that the only way to survive this unprecedented situation as a club is to make these adjustments. “

In the field of cricket, the Cricket Ireland Board of Directors has announced a series of measures to try to cope with the financial impact of the pandemic.

Regular payments to provincial unions are continuing and the council has approved a series of savings measures, with all employees who do not gamble having their wages cut by 20% in April and May.



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