Brighton’s chief executive backs Leeds and West Brom if the Championship doesn’t resume.
Chief executive of Premier League side backs Leeds United to be promoted into 22-team top flight | Yorkshire Evening Post
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Over 50,000 fans viewed(via Pericope)@LUFC Tweets post when they played today’s cancelled game with Cardiff City on FIFA 20. Leeds also did a ‘live’ commentary of the game with over 7,000 watching the virtual ‘action’. United won the game 3-1 with goals from Patrick Bamford(2) and ‘Jacky’ Harrison.
Cristiano Ronaldo is turning his chain of hotels in Portugal into hospitals to treat those with underlying health conditions who have Coronavirus.
Their treatment will be free as Cristiano will be paying for everything, including salaries of doctors and nurses. A fantastic gesture by the Juventus player.
Bosnia-Herzegovina have asked for their Euro 2020 playoff semi-final against Northern Ireland to be called off due to the Coronavirus crisis.
The Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina wrote to UEFA this week to request a postponement of the game, which was due to hand Leeds United's versatile Northern Irish international Stuart Dallas his 45th cap on March 26.
UEFA are due to hold a meeting, including the 55 member associations, to discuss the action they will take in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, with regard to club competitions and Euro 2020.
A video conference will take place on Tuesday and UEFA are expected to comment afterwards.
Nearly every airline in the UK have suspended flights. Jet2 have announced they will continue to repatriate as many people as they can who are still abroad and most in ‘lockdown’ situations in the countries they are staying.
David Prutton: “To go through the season with the intensity that Leeds play at and just turning teams over is super-human almost. You have got to appreciate the way Leeds have approached their football and how they have played this season.” ‘Jesus’ speaks!
Angus Kinnear on the situation at Elland Road and Thorpe Arch: “Well our first priority, like most businesses, is the health and well-being of our staff. We met again this morning to look at what we need to do to keep our players, our staff and the broader Leeds United family safe.
"We already took measures last week, so the training ground is effectively locked down for all but first team activities. We've got individuals self isolating in line with government regulations if they feel like they're unwell. We've also taken the step this morning to send anyone who is in a high risk or vulnerable group home. Also, as of tomorrow we'll be moving to a skeleton staff so it'll just be the key operational businesses in the building."
Kinnear on the future fixtures: "I think what we've heard from the broader football family over the last couple of days is a groundswell of opinion that the right thing to do is to complete the leagues. At the moment it's not a time to be talking about football, it's a time for cool heads and patience and I don't think anyone needs to jump to any immediate solutions.
"I think the broad principle that you maintain the integrity of the competitions and when the time comes and it's safe to do so you finish the leagues. I think everyone is starting to feel that's the right thing to do. It's certainly our opinion. We think it maintains the integrity of the football pyramid, the integrity of the competitions, it allows solutions to some of the financial issues that clubs are going to be looking to face.
“I think although it's difficult to put a timescale on it, finishing the leagues across Europe is the right thing to do. We've heard that from Serie A and La Liga who believe that if the Euros are suspended, it could potentially provide a window for leagues across Europe to be completed."
Thinking. Will Leeds still go up?
Government puts out more information out asking people to avoid mass gatherings, pubs, restaurants, theatre’s, cinema’s and any public place where people met. They are also advised to only travel when necessary and if possible work from home.
People who have underlining serious health conditions and the elderly(over 70’s with health issues)also have been asked to self isolate for 12 weeks.
Premiership Rugby fixtures have been shelved for five weeks(April 14th)after the Government changed the stance on mass gatherings. Chief Executive Damian Hopley said “The RPA fully supports PRL's (Premiership Rugby Limited) decision to postpone Gallagher Premiership fixtures, to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all our members, club employees and rugby fans across the country.” Later in the day the European club rugby season was cancelled indefinitely.
Rugby League’s Super League has also gone the same way as Premiership Rugby by suspending matches until April 3rd at the earliest. The suspension will also apply to Championship, Division One, Betfred Woman’s Super League and the community game.
The Grand National meeting staged at Aintree has been postponed. It was set to take place on Saturday April 4 but the ‘big race’ has become the latest sporting event to be called off because of the outbreak of the coronavirus. The annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge was also cancelled.
The top six clubs in the Championship have had a meeting to discuss their plan to start a legal battle with the Premier League should promotion to the top flight be scrapped for the 2019/20 season.
The top six clubs in the Sky Bet Championship are ready to launch a legal challenge against their Premier League counterparts if they try to declare this season null and void and deny them three promotion places.
The Times can reveal that the clubs occupying the Championship’s promotion and play-off places Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Preston North End held a secret emergency meeting yesterday to discuss their position. A further follow-up meeting, via conference call and involving all 24 Championship clubs, will be held today.
One opinion that is said to have annoyed the second tier clubs is that of West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady, who suggested that the results of the current season are made void. West Ham are fighting against relegation and are only two points clear of Bournemouth who are in the bottom three of the Premiership. Coincidence?
Writing in her column for The (s#%te)Sun, Brady said: "So what if the league cannot be finished? As games in both the PL and in the EFL are affected, the only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void.”
Her comments and others including Alan Shearer have now made the Championship teams involved in the battle for promotion to seriously consider their options, if the season cannot be finished because of the coronavirus situation.
One this day in 1961 the best manager Leeds have ever had walked through the door at Elland Road. Pre Bielsa, Don Revie was already looking at the opposition and Don Warters, a journalist who got close to Revie explains the beginnings of the great team under Don.
Thanks to Don and the YEP.
Former Chief Executive of the Football League Shaun Harvey says football will have to take some ‘short term pain’ if this season is curtailed. He suggested that running football by the calendar year until the World Cup in 2022 held in Qatar.
This is what the former head of the Football League said on the Sky Sports ‘Debate’ programme: "The question is when do you actually take that pain? You can take the pain at the start of next season, the season after or even the season after that.
"The only logic of that statement is, if you started in January and went through to October you could potentially host the Euros in that November to December slot. Yes, we've changed the whole fabric of English football because we're now playing January to October and across Europe and other leagues will have to follow because they all need their leagues to finish. You do exactly the same the year after and we get the Qatar World Cup at the end of that season.
“If I was going to pick a season to treat differently then I'd pick the one after the Qatar World Cup, potentially playing home or away rather than home and away at that time. The benefit of doing that is you get two full seasons to repair any financial damage that's taken place, and nobody knows particular division they are going to be in at that particular time.
"So, if it's going to be a short season, everybody knows what it is that they are playing for with plenty of notice and that stops the legal debate and the potential threat of legal action."
I’m not convinced and I guess I won’t be the only one but there comes a point when something has to be put in place if this continues for the sake of the game we all love. Leadership is needed, so over to UEFA, the Premier League and the EFL to make a statement about what lies ahead and a possible timetable of events.
EURO 2020 has been postponed until next summer. Uefa held crisis talks this morning amid the worldwide coronavirus outbreak and the decision was made to push the tournament back to 2021.
The Norwegian FA tweeted the news at 12:17pm today with official confirmation from Uefa expected imminently. Euro 2020 was due to start on June 12 in Rome and finish at Wembley exactly a month later. But it will now take place between June 11 to July 11 2021.
The official statement from UEFA.
UEFA postpones EURO 2020 by 12 months | Inside UEFA | UEFA.com
Adam Forshaw’s road to recovery may well be a very long one but he’s not giving up. The popular midfielder is not given up hope of getting back to full fitness. So far it’s been a very hard journey and even though the hip operation was a success he still faces doubts on whether he will pull on the white shirt again. Full interview below.
Leeds United's Adam Forshaw reveals his 2019/20 frustrations, fears and post-surgery hope | Yorkshire Evening Post
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NFL ‘G.O.A.T’ Tom Brady leaves the New England Patriots after 20 years. The quarterback won six Super Bowls, 13 Divisional titles and made 17 playoff appearances for the ‘Pats’.
Probably the greatest quarterback in modern history and that’s from a Raiders fan.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the now-former New England Patriots quarterback has an agreement in principle to join the the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per an informed source. Rapoport added that the deal is believed to be roughly $30M per year.
All 24 Championship clubs held a video conference on Tuesday. It followed a similar meeting on Monday when the current top six-placed clubs agreed in their desire to play remaining fixtures, a view supported by at least three other clubs.
Tony Yeboah scored two of Leeds United’s and the Premier League’s greatest ever goals, with iconic strikes against Liverpool and Wimbledon in August and September 1995.
At the time, Yeboah became the first player to win back-to-back BBC Match of the Day Goal of the Month competitions, a record which has since been equalled by Gareth Bale in 2013, but not broken.
Despite playing just 66 times, he became a fan favourite and a cult hero, netting 32 goals in all competitions. Yeboah’s strike against Wimbledon won the BBC Goal of the Season Award. LUTV caught up with him to talk about both goals...
The question every Leeds United fan wants to know is which goal was your favourite, the one against Liverpool or the one against Wimbledon?
“Everyone asks me this question haha! To be honest they were both fantastic goals but my favourite is the goal against Liverpool. Before the game there was a lot of tension and before I came to England I was a Liverpool fan, so it was amazing to play against them. Playing against John Barnes and Ian Rush I thought I had to do something special, so for me that particular goal was something special.”
Do you still watch the goals back now?
“Yes there’s a TV station in Ghana that always shows the goal before the sports programmes and I know they show it regularly in England too.”
What’s your feeling when you see it back?
“It’s fantastic! The people still remember me in Leeds too, I played there a long time ago now, but because of the fantastic goals everyone remembers.”
It is still one of the greatest goals ever scored in the Premiership and the league is now over 25 years old...
“That is fantastic and I am very proud of that. I feel so proud to have played for Leeds United and to have scored a fantastic goals like that, so I’m very happy.”
All Tony Yeboah’s goals for Leeds United.
Leeds United’s first-team squad will stay at home for at least the next week after the club suspended training at Thorp Arch. The Athletic understands Leeds took the decision to temporarily shut their training ground yesterday afternoon, isolating their senior players and limiting the risk of coronavirus spreading among them.
None of Marcelo Bielsa’s team or staff have tested positive for the virus or shown symptoms and Leeds planned to continue working at Thorp Arch this week despite the EFL delaying the Championship season on Friday.
United’s squad reported in on Monday morning but, on medical advice, have been sent home with gym bikes and other equipment to allow them to follow individual exercise plans.
Leeds had already closed the facility to all of their academy teams below Under-23 level and the Leeds United Ladies side.
Glastonbury is OFF!
The festival which was due to celebrate its 50th anniversary year in 2020 with headliners including Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar, has been postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets for the event will ‘roll over’ to next year.
All UK schools will close their door to all children except those in key employment(doctors, health and other key workers). No date is given for schools to reopen, but it has been suggested it could be after the summer school holidays which end in September.
The EFL say their primary objective, in order to protect competition integrity, is to deliver a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season, subject to the over-riding priority around health and well-being. The EFL have also revealed that measures are to be put in place to immediately assist with cash flow via a £50 million short-term relief package.
A statement read: "The EFL board met today to discuss the implications of the COVID-19 outbreak for the League and its clubs. After receiving a detailed brief on a number of matters, the board reaffirmed that the health and well-being of EFL staff, players, club employees and supporters would remain central to all decisions in these fast-changing circumstances.
"The EFL Board also acknowledges the positive role that member clubs are playing in community solidarity, especially in supporting the vulnerable at this time. The primary objective, in order to protect competition integrity, is to deliver a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season, subject to the over-riding priority around health and well-being.
"Plans continue to be developed on the agreed principle that it is in the best interests of the EFL and clubs to complete the current season at the appropriate time.The EFL is continuing regular dialogue with the Government and relevant health authorities and, as and when more information is known regarding the scale and extent of the coronavirus outbreak in this country, a decision will be taken on the resumption of the league’s fixtures.
"Conversations will continue with the EFL’s counterparts at the FA, the Premier League, the PFA and the LMA to ensure football achieves a joined-up and collaborative approach."
Scottish Premier League team Hearts ask players, manager and coaches have been asked to take a 50% cut in their wages to avoid redundancies at the club.
‘Jacky’ Harrison celebrates the second goal. Two in two for the Leeds United winger.
The FA has postponed all professional football in England to April 30(delayed again from April 3). FA rules state each season must end by June 1 but the FA is extending that limit indefinitely to help leagues finish.
Peter Whittingham, former Cardiff, Aston Villa and Blackburn midfielder, has died aged 35. He suffered head injuries at a pub in Barry on March 7 from what South Wales Police have described as an "accidental fall".
Whittingham, who made more than 400 appearances for Cardiff between 2007 and 2017, won the Championship in 2013 and reached two cup finals: the FA Cup in 2008 and the League Cup in 2012.
Cardiff released a statement on Thursday afternoon, it read: "It is with an immeasurable amount of sorrow that we must inform supporters that Peter Whittingham has passed away at the age of 35. “The loss of Peter will be painfully felt by our city, supporters and indeed all who ever had the pleasure of knowing him. We love you Pete and your memory will eternally stay with us."
The French referee who ‘cheated’ Leeds out of their greatest ever moment has died aged 89.
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Today’s piece is the last until the season and proper life kicks back in. I’ve tried to entertain and inform but at the moment ‘positivity’ is pretty hard to find. The shops are empty, people struggling to get the basics when going in to them and parents are now being told to teach their children at home. Britain in ‘lockdown’ is still a real possibility.
Football will be back! One day and when it is our blog site will be 100% focused on it. Leeds United is in our veins and with only nine games of the 2019/20 season left we’ve a day to celebrate in the not too distant future. To check what odds are still available for when we’re up and running check Betting Metrics.
Wash your hands, stay safe and be nice to your neighbour and help them if you can. Don’t buy because you can, buy when you need to. Smile occasionally at a stranger and support others if and when they need your support.
My best to you all.
By Keith Ingham