English Premier League clubs vote for return to contact training

first_imgPremier League football clubs in England on Wednesday voted unanimously to return to contact training, including tackling.The vote has come as the English top flight moved a step closer to a resumption after the shutdown caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. A statement, released after a meeting of all 20 clubs, said: “Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.“The Premier League’s priority is the health and well-being of all participants.”Failure to resume the season could cost the league around 750 million pounds ($921.75 million) in lost revenue from broadcasters, according to British media estimates.Clubs last week began the first phase of `Project Restart’ after agreeing to a return to training in small groups under strict limitations and no contact.The announcement that Phase Two can commence follows 1,744 tests on players and staff for coronavirus which produced eight positives, including Watford defender Adrian Mariappa and Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. A third round of testing took place on Monday and Tuesday with the results not yet back.No matches have been played in the English Premier League since March when the coronavirus pandemic shut down world sports.However, Wednesday’s vote is a big step towards the league completing the 92 remaining fixtures.On Thursday Premier League shareholders will discuss the business aspects of `Project Restart’, including a possible broadcast rebate and what to do if the season is curtailed.Some reports said clubs could lose out even if the league restarts, should broadcasters demand a 330 million pounds rebate. Phase Two allows up to 10 players to work together and will ease the time restrictions on training sessions and let players to be closer.The third phase will be a move to a more typical form of training in the build-up to actual games.The league had signaled June 12 as a potential start date, but it now looks likely to be later in the month.Matches would be held without fans in attendance.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Reuters/NAN.Tags: Contact trainingCoronavirusCOVID-19Premier Leaguelast_img

Relaxed Hamilton on top in final Brazil practice

first_img 10 months ago Lewis Hamilton: F1 champ’s salary revealed by his former teammate LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US 9 months ago F1: Paul Ripke quits as Mercedes team photographer after fallout with Lewis Hamilton Written By WE RECOMMEND A relaxed newly-crowned six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton topped the times for Mercedes in Saturday morning’s third and final free practice ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix. The Briton, revelling in an opportunity to drive without the pressure of fighting for the championship, clocked a best lap in one minute and 8.320 seconds to outpace nearest rival Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by 0.026 seconds. Charles Leclerc was third ahead of his Ferrari team-mate four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, who on Sunday is set to start his 100th race for the team, and Alex Albon in the second Red Bull.READ | Sarita Devi To Represent India At AIBA’s Athlete CommissionValtteri Bottas was sixth in the second Mercedes ahead of Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso, Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and the two McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz. After the heavy rain that wiped out Friday morning’s action, the final session began in welcome dry conditions with Robert Kubica out early to enjoy some track time in his penultimate weekend with the Williams team. He topped the early times on his own before Sainz set the pace for McLaren followed in turn by Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg, Leclerc and Vettel. READ | UFC: Megan Anderson Stuns Fans With Her Physique In Sizzling Instagram PostHamilton then took over as Mercedes joined the party, the champion’s lap showing him out-performing the Ferraris comprehensively through the twisty middle sector. In a closely-contested scrap, Verstappen put Red Bull on top after 25 minutes in 1:09.327, a full two seconds off Hamilton’s record pole lap in 2018, but three-tenths ahead of the Englishman as the track temperature climbed to 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 Fahrenheit). Ferrari flexed their considerable straight-line muscle again with 20 minutes remaining, Leclerc topping Vettel, before Hamilton soared again to lap in 1:08.320, three-tenths beyond the Monegasque.READ | Lewis Hamilton To Have Contract Renewal Talks With Mercedes Amidst Ferrari RumoursREAD | Hamilton Unsure He Can Catch Ferrari, Bottas More Confident Press Trust Of India FOLLOW UScenter_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE 9 months ago Hamilton unsure he can catch Ferrari, Bottas more confident 9 months ago Hamilton racing the record book for motivation after title celebrations Last Updated: 17th November, 2019 09:21 IST Relaxed Hamilton On Top In Final Brazil Practice 6-time World Champ Lewis Hamilton topped the times for Mercedes in Saturday morning’s third and final free practice ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix First Published: 17th November, 2019 09:21 IST 10 months ago Lewis Hamilton: A look at Mercedes driver’s F1 World C’ship titleslast_img read more