Coronavirus in sport LIVE: Wimbledon CANCELLED reaction, Khabib speaks out on UFC 249, 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…

  • ECB CUTBACKS

    Cricket chiefs have unveiled cost-cutting measures due to the coronavirus pandemic – saying the aim is to “protect jobs long-term”.

    The ECB had already announced a £61 million interim package.

    And in a statement today they released plans to “consult with staff on reducing all employees’ salaries for two months from April,” adding:

    1 “Proposed cuts will vary according to the employee’s job grade, ranging from 25% to 10%.” 

    2 “The Executive Management Team and Board will receive a salary reduction of 20%, while Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison has volunteered a 25% reduction.”

    3 “Some staff will also be asked to consent to furloughing through the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, whereafter the ECB will supplement to ensure staff receive 100% of their reduced salary.”

    4 “The ECB will additionally freeze all recruitment in 2020, with critical roles only being replaced when an employee leaves the business.”

  • ANDY 'SAD' OVER WIM-BLOW

    Two-time winner Andy Murray has voiced his sadness at Wimbledon falling foul to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Eight-time SW19 king Roger Federer has already admitted he is “devastated” at Wimbledon not taking place for the first time since World War Two.

    And Britain's ex-world No1 Murray said: “Very sad that the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's and Wimbledon have been cancelled this year.

    “But with all that is going on in the world right now, everyone’s health is definitely the most important thing!

    “Looking forward to getting back out on the grass next year already! Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.”

  • HAMMERS LOSE SPONSOR

    West Ham's shirt sleeve sponsor went into administration on Wednesday as coronavirus continues to impact Premier League clubs.

    London based finance firm Basset and Gold had their prancing lion logo emblazoned on Hammers shirts since 2018 but it will be nowhere to be seen whenever the season resumes.

    The East Londoners will not be out of pocket having been paid in full for the deal which ran until the end of the season.

    But the club were saddened to hear of B&G's plight as many companies struggle to deal with deadly pandemic's economic effect.

    B&G become the third Hammers shirt sponsor in 12 years to go bust after XL Holiday's 2008 demise forced the first team to play with printed squares where the logo used to be. Foreign exchange broker Alpari met the same fate in 2015.

    B&G regularly ran positive fan engagement campaigns – and West Ham will search for a new commercial partner to fill the void in time for any season restart.

    Paul Boyle, David Clements and Tony Murphy of Harrisons Business Recovery and Insolvency Ltd were appointed to conduct the wind down.

    B&G also deleted their Twitter account.

  • CRIS CROSS TO BEAR

    Juventus stars, especially mega-earner Cristiano Ronaldo, could be offloaded in the summer to ease financial strains caused by the coronavirus crisis.

    The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is believed to earn around £510,000-a-week at the Allianz Stadium, with a contract that runs until 2022.

    But according to Italian news-site Il Messaggero, however, the outbreak of Covid-19 could affect Juventus' ability to pay their star man's huge wages.

  • HOWE'S KEEPING COSTS DOWN

    Eddie Howe led the way today for the Premier League’s long-overdue response to the COVID-19 crisis by becoming the first top-flight figure to take a wage cut.

    While the PFA continued to dither over a uniform donation of players’ salaries, the Bournemouth boss voluntarily agreed to give up a “significant” chunk of his pay packet during this uncertain time.

    It comes after Prem clubs and stars received widespread criticism for failing to cough up proportionate contributions given their mega-rich bank balances as Coronavirus ravages society.

    The fact that the likes of Tottenham and Newcastle are relying on the tax-payer for help with furloughed non-footballing staff despite their multi-million profits has left a particularly sour taste.

    Bournemouth today confirmed they also are temporarily furloughing a number of staff across all areas of the club for a minimum of three weeks.

    But the hope is more managers and players will emulate Howe, whose assistant Jason Tindall, technical director Richard Hughes and Cherries chief exec Neill Blake followed suit.

    And Gordon Taylor will face more calls to stop dragging the PFA’s heels and come to an arrangement for player wage cuts in the coming days.

    A Cherries statement read: “There is no script for moments like this. No tactics and no set plays to find a winning formula. But as a board we are continually looking at ways to ensure the future of the club and our employees is protected when the season returns.

    “These measures have been taken to safeguard the financial stability of the club during what is such an uncertain period, not only in football but for businesses in all industries across the world.”

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