Coronavirus in sport LIVE: Gary Neville’s big plan, Cheltenham infection fear, Southgate message, Higuain airport drama – The Sun


THE PREMIER LEAGUE has extended its suspension until April 30, but confirmed the season WILL finish in a boost to league leaders Liverpool.

Elsewhere, three more F1 Grand Prix events have been cancelled, former Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain was stopped at an airport trying to flee Italy for Argentina and workers at Cheltenham Festival fear they have spread the virus.

Follow all the latest news and updates as the sporting world deals with the threat of coronavirus…

  • FOOT RACE

    Zulay Pogba decided to take her hubby Paul on in a foot race.

    The pair have been walking their baby boy down a country lane when they decided to have a quick sprint.

    Pogba may have been inhibited by having to push a pram, but Zulay decided to film the event from her phone.

    Couples can be so competitive sometimes!

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    Today’s outdoor activity? Keeping ourselves entertained ?

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  • CHASE AND STATUS

    F1 boss Chase Carey insists the final decision on the 2020 race calendar rests with them and not the teams.

    The 2020 Formula One season has been decimated by coronavirus with the first seven races postponed and no racing until June at the earliest.

    Carey said: “During this exceptional time and following several race postponements and the World Motorsport Council’s unanimous decision to move the Formula 1 Summer break forward to March and April, we and the FIA discussed with the teams the need for extra flexibility to accommodate a rescheduled season once the COVID-19 situation improves.

    “Formula 1 and the FIA will now work to finalise a revised 2020 calendar and will consult with the teams.

    “But as agreed at the meeting the revised calendar will not require their formal approval.”

  • GLASTO FOR FOOTBALL

    Neville added: “The last thing I'm worried about is sorting out fixtures.

    “If footballers need to play every day for nine days they'd do it – would be a festival of football for two weeks where everything finished in two weeks.

    “It could be spectacular – it could bring some joy back to the nation.”

  • FESTIVAL OF FOOTIE

    Gary Neville believes footballers will be willing to play every 24 hours for nine days straight if it means completing the current campaign.

    The Manchester United legend has proposed a “festival of football” which would bring “joy” back to the country as sporting events continue to be cancelled due to coronavirus fears.

    He said: “The doomsday scenario for football is not to finish the existing fixtures for this season. I don't see how next season could go on without finishing this season.

    “At this moment in time the most important thing is they make decisive decisions.

    “They've bought themselves some time to react.”

  • GARETH GETS IT

    Gareth Southgate, the manager England never knew they needed.

    This letter to fans is supremely classy from the Three Lions boss.

    Here it is in full.

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