Coronavirus in Sport LIVE: Premier League return in weeks EXCLUSIVE, Dutch football season voided, UFC 249 new date – The Sun

PREMIER LEAGUE clubs hope they will return in training on May 9, SunSport can reveal.

But Holland have terminated their season after the government banned all football until September.

To comply with Uefa's "sporting merit" requests, they have nominated next season's European entrants by points-per-game – however they have refused to announce a champion and scrapped promotion and relegation.

Follow all the latest coronavirus in sport updates below…

  • MORNING SPORTS FANS,

    Coronavirus is still here but the good news is that the Premier League is set to make a big return.

    SunSport can exclusively reveal that top-flight football could be back on TV screens within weeks.

    Boris Johnson has been briefed on plans for matches to be played behind closed doors but broadcast live to homes for free. 

    Other football leagues, tennis, cricket and horse racing could also resume under detailed proposals to be thrashed out between ministers, Public Health England officials and sporting bodies.

    The priority is to get the Premier League season finished as it would allow the transfer window to open and enable money to trickle down the football pyramid.

    Government insiders said it was likely that the EFL would start later because of the logistical and financial challenges.

    Sport is considered one of the first activities that can return after the coronavirus lockdown as it is simple to control compared to reopening pubs, theatres or cinemas. 

  • IT'S COMING HOME

    Premier League football could be back on TV within weeks — in a major boost for bored Brits.

    Boris Johnson has been briefed on plans for matches to be played behind closed doors and sees the resumption of live sport as key to boosting the morale of the nation after weeks of being shut inside.

    Other football leagues, tennis, cricket and horse racing could also resume under detailed proposals to be thrashed out between ministers, Public Health England officials and sporting bodies.

    Sport is considered one of the first activities that can return after the coronavirus lockdown as it is simple to control compared to reopening pubs, theatres or cinemas.

    But first the Government would have to meet its five restart tests — including cutting death and infection rates.

    And sports would have to meet a strict set of criteria, including being able to maintain social-distancing and keeping all involved safe from infection.

    There would have to be regular testing of participants — paid for by clubs or the sport’s chiefs so as not to block frontline workers.

    It is understood that some games could be aired on public platforms to stop people going round to pals’ homes if they were only available on Sky or BT Sport.

  • LA LIGA FAN BAN

    The chief of Spain's top football division has suggested there will be no matches played in front of fans until next year.

    Spain is one of the countries that's been hit badly by the coronavirus pandemic and its government's lockdown looks set to continue into next month.

    La Liga president Javier Tebas believes it could be some time before football resumes.

    Tebas told Barcelona-based outlet Sport that fans should prepare for the possibility of not being able to go to matches until 2021.

  • BROOKS BOWL CUT

    Brooks Koepka has been left with a striking new hair do thanks to girlfriend Jena Sims

    With barbers shut due to the coronavirus lockdown, the PGA Champion golfer asked his girlfriend to give him a trim. w

    However Koepka's new style is not quite what he expected.

    He described it as a “bowl cut” in his post on Twitter.

  • HANCOCK 'JUMPED THE GUN'

    Charlie Adam reckons health secretary Matt Hancock 'jumped the gun' when called on footballers to take a pay cut because of the coronavirus crisis.

    Earlier in April Mr Hancock said footballers should 'play their part' by taking a salary reduction.

    In a media conference, Hancock said: “Given the sacrifices that many people are making, including some of my colleagues in the NHS who have made the ultimate sacrifice…I think the first thing that Premier League footballers can do is make a contribution, take a pay cut and play their part.”

    However Adams hit back at the health secretary describing his comments as 'ridiculous'.

    Speaking to beIN Sports the Reading midfielder said: “Footballers will definitely contribute but Matt Hancock's comments were ridiculous.

    “He jumped the gun too quickly and he tried to look at what was the easy solution.”

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