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IT is all well and good for the Premier League to declare they remain “100 per cent committed” to completing the season.

But it would help if they could spell out exactly how they plan to achieve that lofty ambition.

 Klopp's Liverpool were 25 points clear at the top of the table when the Premier League season was stopped due to coronavirus

Klopp’s Liverpool were 25 points clear at the top of the table when the Premier League season was stopped due to coronavirusCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Because it is becoming increasingly difficult to see how they can squeeze in another 92 fixtures when society remains months away from being allowed out of isolation.

And as a growing number of minor leagues begin to call the whole thing off, surely it is only a matter of time before the top flight is forced to bow to the inevitable.

The only reason the 2019-20 season has not already been declared null and void is not down to any noble desire to see Liverpool crowned worthy champions.

It is simply because the clubs do not want to lose £762million in lost broadcast revenue.

That is the sum Premier League teams would have to refund Sky and BT Sports if the season does not play to a finish.

But the cash has already been banked and — in the majority of cases — spent. Most clubs couldn’t give it back even if they wanted to.

Which is why there is now a growing push for football to return behind closed doors to fulfil its legal commitments to the TV companies.

Wayne Rooney rightly pointed out it would be morally wrong for that to happen if it were to involve diverting ambulances and police officers from far more important duties. But he did not explain how he expects Derby to continue paying his £50,000-a-week salary while they are prevented from playing.

Don’t blame the TV companies for this worrying state of affairs.

They have bankrolled the Premier League from its inception in 1992 with broadcast deals worth an accumulated £23.84billion.

Is it too much for them to expect a bit of reciprocation from clubs and players, many of whom are millionaires?

Sky Sports has allowed viewers to pause subscriptions and calculates it will lose £700m if the sporting shutdown carries on for four months.

So of course they should be allowed to reclaim their money from the clubs for games which have yet to be screened.

Yet that very suggestion has sent the Premier League bean counters scurrying for their brown trousers.

And now they are trying to justify any means possible to get the remaining games ticked off.

Southampton chief Martin Semmens claims football in empty stadiums would be a sign the country is returning to normal.

He said: “If people are home for another month and Premier League football is on the TV every day that can only be a good thing.”

A good thing for the owners and directors, maybe, but probably not such a good thing for the players.

For as long as anyone can remember, top-flight managers have been bleating about fixture congestion and the unfair physical demands made of elite footballers. Yet now clubs are talking up the idea of shoehorning in matches every other day no matter what the consequences.

As things stand, Raheem Sterling and Manchester City could still have another 19 games if they were to go all the way in the Champions League and FA Cup while Manchester United have a potential 18 matches remaining.

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Even if football were to be given the green light to resume on April 30 — which it won’t — those elite teams would still struggle to finish by August.

After a month and a half in self isolation, players would require at least three weeks of proper training before being told to flog themselves through three games a week.

Even then the most likely scenario would be ghost games crammed with reserve and youth team players just to get teams over the finishing line of their contractual obligations.

The integrity of the competition might be compromised but, hey, at least they would still pass go and still collect £762m.

With the notable exception of Liverpool and Leeds fans, most supporters no longer care about finishing a campaign which has been rendered virtually meaningless by the current global crisis.

It is time to draw a line under the season that never quite was and begin planning for a fresh start . . . whenever that might be.

WAS it just me, or did anyone else find that snap of Cristiano Ronaldo posing with his family just a little disturbing?

 Cristiano Ronaldo's sister shared the snap with her Instagram followers

Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister shared the snap with her Instagram followersCredit: Instagram

The Juventus superstar, 35, is arguably the greatest player of all time.

And Ronaldo deserves nothing but praise for donating £1million to hospitals in his native Portugal.

Yet that still doesn’t justify the need for him to flex every muscle in his startlingly toned body while preening topless alongside his young relatives.

Like Dorian Gray, he probably has a picture in his attic that looks like Neville Southall.

What an odd chap he is.

MIKE ASHLEY showed his true colours by trying to cash in on a global crisis to flog sports gear at vastly-inflated prices.

Now the whole country knows why Newcastle fans have held their reluctant owner in such disdain for so long.

While football unites to combat the pandemic, this charmless chancer finally pushed his luck too far.

When this is over, we will remember the actions of people like Ashley, Richard Branson, Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin and the Britannia Hotel owners who couldn’t wait to make all their staff redundant.

And we will never forgive them.

Saudi despot Mohammed Bin Salman might be too busy arresting his rival princes to continue his Toon takeover talks.

And fanciful claims that Floyd Mayweather is considering a Geordie buyout have also died a death.

But surely someone out there can rescue football from Mike Ashley?

Just like Covid-19, he is a virus we can’t wait to see the back of.

ARSENAL obsessives have been plunged into despair by statistical ‘genius’ Jaeson Rosenfeld getting poached by Arsene Wenger.

Their former boss is now head of global development at Fifa and wants Rosenfeld to develop data analysis to help the world game.

Apparently this is a blow for Arsenal, who must get by without the man whose StatDNA firm was bought by them for £2million in 2012, coincidentally the same time they ceased to be title contenders.

The American was recruited to help avoid transfer calamities like Marouane Chamakh.

So presumably he gave the green light to Yaya Sanogo, Kim Kallstrom, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina, Gabriel Paulista, Mohamed Elneny, Lucas Perez, Shkodran Mustafi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Denis Suarez.

Quite how Arsenal get by without such expertise remains to be seen. Somehow I think they’ll be OK.

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Ferrari agree to be ‘flexible’ to allow F1 to get back on track as soon as possible amid coronavirus shutdown

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FERRARI boss Mattia Binotto says his team are willing to be “flexible” to allow F1 chiefs to run as many races as possible this season.

Binotto says F1’s most famous team, known for their hardline stance when it comes to rules, say they will be open to the sport’s plans once the coronavirus pandemic has scaled down.

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The Ferrari chief is open to double-race weekends to allow the sport achieve F1 CEO Chase Carey’s goal of putting on between 15 and 18 races this season.

He said: “We know from the sporting regulations that to have a world championship you need at least eight races, but everyone is trying to look for more than that.

“I think what will be important for us is really to be flexible. I’m pretty sure Chase and the teams will be capable of putting together the best championship we can have. “From our side, we are ready for whatever is needed whether short race weekends, double races, whenever it will finish or packing the races together.

“It is important to be flexible and making sure we can have good races as well for the fans.

The Canadian GP became the ninth race to be either scrapped or postponed and there is no news yet when the season will finally get underway. Binotto added: “No one can really know [when the season will start].

“F1 is certainly trying to organise the best season, maybe starting early July if that would be possible but we cannot have any confirmation at the moment. But I think by the end of May we will have a clearer picture.

“I think it is in the interests of everyone to start racing when we can, when that will be possible, and have as many races as we can but I think now it’s too early to have a clear picture of what will be the future.”

F1 chiefs were on a conference call on Monday where they discussed plans for a budget cap from the 2021 season.

Smaller teams have been pushing for tighter controls on how much the bigger teams spend.

McLaren boss Zak Brown wants the $175m (£143m) annual cost cap reduced, but Binnotto, whose team spend around double that per year, is not so keen.

He said: “I think we should avoid being emotional at the moment.

“We are fully aware of the difficulties of some teams and we are fully aware we need to address costs for the future of F1 – reducing costs is the first driver of making sure each single team is surviving.

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“We are discussing a budget-cap reduction but we should not forget in doing that exercise that we’ve got different structures, and different assets.

“There are teams which are constructors like Ferrari and other top teams where we are designing, developing, homologating and producing each single component of our cars.

“Other teams are customers, buying some parts, and do not have the same structures. So when discussing a budget cap we must not forget we have different situations, and it’s important we found a common ground which is suited to the different situations and maybe the answer is not a single budget cap equal for all the teams.”

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Arteta spying on Arsenal stars using hi-tech GPS systems during lockdown to ensure fitness levels don’t drop

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MIKEL ARTETA is plugging his players into a GPS network – to spy on their fitness levels during the coronavirus lockdown.

Having already used GPS vests in normal training, the Gunners are now wearing trackers to monitor their individual regimes at home.

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 Players like Brazilian defender David Luiz already have home gyms and will now be monitored even more closely by Arsenal thanks to GPS

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Players like Brazilian defender David Luiz already have home gyms and will now be monitored even more closely by Arsenal thanks to GPSCredit: Instagram

 Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac is already used to focusing on weight training

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Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac is already used to focusing on weight trainingCredit: https://www.instagram.com/seadk6/

It means Arsenal’s fitness department can closely analyse the results as players try to maintain as much sharpness as possible.

Defenders Sead Kolasinac and David Luiz are among many Gunners who pretty much have home gyms.

So Arteta is confident he can trust his squad to stick to the training programmes they were given when match action was suspended last month amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Football.london says Arsenal have joined a handful of Premier League rivals, including neighbours Tottenham in installing a hi-tech system.

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Spurs are thought to be teaming up with STAT Sports so that player data can be sent back to the club via an app.

Jose Mourinho’s men have also united for some training sessions by using video conferencing platforms like Zoom.

But Prem clubs’ fitness experts are realistic about what can be achieved in limited space.

So most are focusing more on strength and conditioning, rather than hoping players can replicate ballwork or sprinting.

Meanwhile Manchester United and Barcelona have reportedly joined Arsenal in chasing Real Madrid starlet Cesar Gelabert.

AS say the Spanish attacking midfielder, 19, could make a shock summer exit.

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Leeds players handed shock PAY RISE by owner for agreeing to to defer wages during coronavirus pandemic

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LEEDS UNITED stars will be getting a wage BONUS when the coronavirus crisis is over.

Players have agreed to take hefty cuts on their salaries while the Championship season remains postponed.


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 Leeds stars will get a pay rise when the season resumes as reward for deferring their wages

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Leeds stars will get a pay rise when the season resumes as reward for deferring their wagesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Along with manager Marcelo Bielsa, up to half of their wages have been deferred.

But owner Andrea Radrizzani has offered them a 2 per cent raise when things get back to normal as a token of thanks.

Leeds have already taken £1million off their £3m monthly wage bill.

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And players are said to be delighted by Radrizanni’s gesture during a tough time for the game.

Leeds were top of the table when football was halted.

And promotion to the top flight would have guaranteed £170m in the bank.

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However, FA chiefs are yet to decide how and when the season should resume.

Indeed, there is talk it could be branded null and void, meaning there are no winners or losers and everyone will be back to square one at the start of next season.

Meanwhile, Leeds have been boosted by Kalvin Phillips’ declaration of intent to stay at Elland Road for the rest of his career.

The midfielder is believed to be a target for Spurs and Jose Mourinho.

But Phillips intends on remaining at Leeds for some time to come, saying: “I want to spend my career and Leeds and see the club doing well in the Premier League.

“I’m just enjoying every minute right now.”

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