Body wrap against the coronavirus: the Tour de France delayed while Arsenal excludes personnel on leave


The Tour de France has been delayed until August while Arsenal will avoid staff leave because the coronavirus maintains its grip on the sport.

The cycling governing body, the UCI, confirmed on Wednesday that the Tour will be postponed for two months.

It will now take place between August 29 and September 20, initially scheduled for June 27, and will be run on the same route as planned on the original dates without any changes.

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.”

Arsenal will not use the government’s coronavirus retention program as “productive” salary talks with players continue during “one of the most difficult periods in our nearly 134-year history”.

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 executive team has voluntarily foregone more than a third of its revenues over the next year to cope with a difficult period in which owners 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 manager Mikel Arteta, contractor Covid-19 was the catalyst for stopping the Premier League when he did
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, contractor Covid-19, was the catalyst for the Premier League shutdown (John Walton / PA)

“We have always tried to operate on the basis that the money we earn is reinvested in the team, the larger club and invested in our community.

“The potential impact on our revenue streams puts our business model under pressure.

“We know that this crisis will pass and that normality will resume, but the deadlines cannot be known with certainty.

“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. “

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

Arsenal has made it clear to employees through videoconferences, newsletters and team meetings that they “are not planning layoffs”, with all employees receiving their full wages.

The club intends to continue on this path and say that it “does not currently intend to use the government leave scheme.”

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.

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)

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.”

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.

Those from Northern Ireland will be on leave until the end of May as part of the British government’s retention program, while Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom will receive 25% up to at the end of the year.


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