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TODAY’S FOOTBALL NEWS: GARETH BALE AND WIFE MAKE DONATION TO THE NHS.
Gareth Bale and his wife Emma have donated £500,000 to the charitable arm of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. The Cardiff & Vale Health Charity said it was the couple’s wish that the money is used on “the response to Covid-19”. The charity said the money will provide “those extras for staff and patients that normal NHS funding doesn’t provide”, during the pandemic.
CVUHB chief executive Len Richards said the donation was “fantastic”. The charity added in a statement: “They wanted to give something back to their local NHS as Gareth himself was born in the UHW (University Hospital of Wales) maternity unit, and they say UHW have provided many services to themselves and their family and friends. “Thank you Gareth, you really are our star!”
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND EUROPA LEAGUE TO BE PLAYED IN AUGUST.
The Champions League and Europa League look increasingly likely to be played exclusively in August after more talks about the remainder of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday. Uefa told the 55 associations on Tuesday there was still the possibility of the competitions being played throughout June, July and August.
But BBC Sport understands the latest discussions revolved almost exclusively around a plan to complete the domestic leagues by 31 July, with European competition following after that. Nothing definitive has been agreed but Uefa is keen to leave all options on the table for as long as possible given the general uncertainty across Europe and in the knowledge there is no guarantee the season will be finished.
TODAY’S FOOTBALL NEWS: WATFORD PLAYERS HAVE AGREED TO HAVE THEIR SALARIES DEFERED.
Watford have become the third Premier League club to agree wage deferrals with their first-team squad. Earlier this month, Southampton and West Ham confirmed their players would defer part of their salaries because of the coronavirus pandemic. Arsenal players are set to take a 12.5% pay cut while Chelsea’s will reportedly agree to a 10% decrease in salary.
Watford captain Troy Deeney said the decision was in the “best interests of helping the club right now”. Deeney said “sensible discussions” had taken place with chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury adding: “Nobody, wherever they work, is keen on the idea of a pay cut. “So there is a bit of common sense and a good level of understanding has prevailed to get to a pay deferral over the short term.”
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES COULD BE FREE TO AIR WHEN SEASON RESUMES.
The Premier League is considering making some behind-closed-doors fixtures available free-to-air when the season restarts, the culture secretary has said. Oliver Dowden has said he had been having “productive talks” with governing bodies from across British sport on restarting following the coronavirus shutdown.
He said the resumption hinged on passing the government’s five tests as well as meeting social distancing guidelines. Dowden said it was also important to send out a message that was “consistent” with that being given to the public. Football is suspended indefinitely across most of Europe because of the continued spread of Covid-19.
TODAY’S FOOTBALL NEWS: NORTHERN IRELAND BOSS O’NEIL STEPS DOWN.
Michael O’Neill has permanently left his role as Northern Ireland manager after eight years in charge. O’Neill was set to lead Northern Ireland into March’s postponed Euros qualifier with Bosnia-Herzegovina. However with Uefa proposing to reschedule the game in the autumn, the 50-year-old will now solely focus on his job as Stoke City manager.
“I feel it is only fair that now is the right time for me to step aside,” said O’Neill. “With the current situation with the coronavirus and the recent rescheduling by Uefa in terms of when the play-off game is likely to be played, having had discussions with the IFA it made sense for everybody,” he added.
PARTEY HAVING TALKS WITH ARSENAL ACCORDING TO HIS FATHER.
Thomas Partey has held talks over a potential transfer to Arsenal at the end of the season, according to his father. The Atletico Madrid midfielder has been on the Gunners’ radar for some time and there were initial discussions held last summer over a potential switch to north London. Partey remained with Atletico but has continued to attract interest with some exceptional performances for Diego Simeone’s side this season.
“I called my son after hearing the rumours and he told me that the rumours are true,” said Jacob Partey (thomas partey’s father). “He told me they are holding talks between him and Arsenal. It all depends on the offer Atletico are demanding. “If he goes to Arsenal, fine, they have a lot of supporters in Ghana. I will be happy if he decides to move to Arsenal. What they are discussing now is how Atletico will release him.”
TODAY’S FOOTBALL NEWS: FFA DETERMINED TO FINISH THE AUSTRIALIAN A-LEAGUE.
The A-League season has been postponed further due to the coronavirus pandemic, now unlikely to resume until at least June. The campaign was suspended last month amid Covid-19, which has killed more than 183,800 people worldwide. Football Federation Australia (FFA) said on Thursday it wanted to resume its season “as soon as possible”. “Our goal is to deliver live, professional football and complete the Hyundai A-League 2019-20 season, and we have set a number of criteria that will define when this is going to be possible,” FFA chief executive James Johnson said in a statement on Thursday. “Ultimately, the coronavirus will have the final say on when we can get the season started again, and completed”.