Coronavirus in sport LIVE: F1 Canadian Grand Prix cancelled, UFC 249 latest and Premier League latest updates – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS continues to ravage the world of sport and further tragedy has struck with Pep Guardiola's mum passing away after contracting the illness.

The virus has also claimed another sporting casualty with the Canadian Grand Prix now cancelled, but UFC 249 is set to go stubbornly ahead as Tony Ferguson fights Justin Gaethje in two weeks.

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

  • MORNING SPORTS FANS,

    Football's top bosses have joined forces to warn the game is on its knees.
    FA chairman Greg Clarke fears the sport is in danger of being “decimated” by the coronavirus crisis.

    He told the FA council: “Many communities could lose the clubs at their heart with little chance of  resurrection. In the face of this unprecedented adversity, players, fans, clubs, owners and administrators need to step up and share the pain to keep the game alive.

    “The pandemic will be followed by its economic consequences and all business sectors will suffer. We face the danger of losing clubs and  leagues as finances collapse.
    “Pointing fingers serves no purpose. We must have a plan to ensure English football is not decimated. It is time for the stakeholders to agree common cause to save our game.”
    Meanwhile Premier League chief Richard Masters says they could lose at least £1BILLION if the season does not restart.
    And Jose Mourinho could face a police warning after he was spotted taking a training session on public parkland yesterday.
    Pictures appeared to show the Spurs boss doing drills with three players on Hadley Common in North London.

    SunSport understands one of the players was £65million record signing Tanguy Ndombele.
    An online video also showed Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon jogging around the same park much closer together than the government’s recommended two metres apart.

  • DARK DAYS

    Football's top bosses have joined forces to warn the game is on its knees.

    FA chairman Greg Clarke fears the sport is in danger of being “decimated” by the coronavirus crisis.

    He told the FA council: “Many communities could lose the clubs at their heart with little chance of  resurrection. In the face of this unprecedented adversity, players, fans, clubs, owners and administrators need to step up and share the pain to keep the game alive.

    “The pandemic will be followed by its economic consequences and all business sectors will suffer. We face the danger of losing clubs and  leagues as finances collapse.

    “Pointing fingers serves no purpose. We must have a plan to ensure English football is not decimated. It is time for the stakeholders to agree common cause to save our game.”

  • SOG IT TO 'EM

    Exclusive by Cliff Hayes: Mesut Ozil's super-agent has called for all Premier League stars’ representatives to join the bitter coronavirus wage war.

    Dr Erkut Sogut — the man who negotiated Arsenal midfielder Ozil’s mega £350,000-a-week Emirates contract — insists agents should be included in the current tense pay talks between the League, the PFA, clubs and players.

    He declared: “It is not easy for everyone but it’s time for the clubs to talk directly to the players and their representatives to solve this problem.

    “This is what we are lacking right now. And the one thing that can be done is a deferral.

    “That is a start, to say, ‘Let’s defer these payments to the end of the year or next year’.

    “That is something players and clubs can agree quickly, so the clubs know they will have no cash problems and go on for the next three months. A deferral is a protection for everyone.”

  • SIMON JORDAN

    Football is in trouble. Whether it’s concerned in private or wringing its hands in public, the landscape is challenging right now.

    Clubs currently have no revenue streams, no means of income and the Premier League are faced with broadcasters who will want back £762million (around £38m per club) if games aren’t played.

    So, surely the solution is simple? Elite players will help by taking pay cuts, reducing the obligations on their stricken clubs and potentially helping other members of the so-called Football Family.

    The players’ union, the PFA, will enable the solution by preserving the here, now and future — right? Wrong!

    It’s turning into a battlefield. Apparently players have “only” had three weeks to consider this and, come on, that’s not a reasonable amount of time?

    I mean what can you do in three weeks? I know, build a 4,000-bed hospital in East London, perhaps?

    Read more HERE.

  • GUEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH

    Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi has warned against football restarting until coronavirus “is taken off this world”.

    He told French media outlet TF1: “For me, what I think is most important is to not start things up again, no games, no training, until this epidemic stops.

    “What’s most important is everybody’s health, and not just in the football world, but in the medical world and the world in general. That’s really what’s most important.

    “I’m in favour of nothing starting up again until this virus is taken off this world.”

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