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  • RIO'S RALLY

    Rio Ferdinand reckons this season’s Premier League should be scrapped amid the coronavirus outbreak – and not because he wants to deny Liverpool the title.

    Speaking on his Instagram page, the ex-England man said: “I just think the Premier League should just be voided. Just void it.

    “I know there are going to be a lot of Liverpool fans going, ‘Oh Rio, it’s just because you support Manchester United and it’s Liverpool.’

    “It’s not that, it’s just that I don’t see a way that it can be done, where health isn’t compromised. Simple as that.

    “All this behind closed doors business, you’re still going to have the players there. What, are the players not classed as part of society?”

  • EUR OFF

    EUROPEAN rugby chiefs have finally postponed rugby's Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals in Marseille.

    The tournament had already been suspended after the coronavirus pandemic.

    But yesterday, the board decided it was best to scrap the French finals in May too – with no date for a return on the cards for now as they wait and see what happens around the globe.

    The Premiership has already been suspended.

  • EURO KO

    The Champions League and Europa League finals have been suspended indefinitely – with no new dates set due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    A Uefa statement has now revealed there is no new date set for either showpiece as the world fights to keep the coronavirus pandemic under control.

    The statement read: “Uefa has formally taken the decision to postpone the club finals originally scheduled for May 2020.

    “No decision has yet been made on rearranged dates.

    “The working group, established last week as a result of the conference call among the stakeholders of European football, which was chaired by Uefa President, Aleksander Ceferin, will analyse the options available.

    “The group has already begun its examination of the calendar. Announcements will be made in due course.”

    The Champions League final was due to be held on May 30 in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Meanwhile, the Europa League showpiece was set to take place on May 27 in Gdansk, Poland.

  • WORTH A TRY

    ITALIAN rugby star Maxime Mbanda is working 13-hour shifts as an ambulance driver to help the fight against coronavirus.

    The flanker, 27, plays his club rugby for Zebre in Parma in northern Italy but all their matches have been suspended as the deadly outbreak devastates the country.

    He told AFP: “When everything was cancelled in rugby, I wondered how I could help, even without medical expertise.

    “I started eight days ago, without a day's break and with shifts of 12 or 13 hours. But faced with what I see in the infectious disease rooms, I tell myself that I can't be tired.

    “Fear is normal. But there are little things that can be done safely that would give those on the front lines a half-hour or an hour's rest. For them, an hour is crucial.

    “As long as I'm strong, I'll keep going. I'm here and I'm staying here.”

  • 'NO REASON'

    MIKE ASHLEY'S Sports Direct were facing calls for a boycott on Sunday night after vowing to flout the government's lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Politicians, sporting figures and shoppers lined up to hammer the sportswear store – before it made an inevitable U-turn and accepted the closure.

    An email circulated around to the 17,000 Fraser Group workers minutes after Boris Johnson confirmed the lockdown asserted that both Sports Direct and Evans Cycles were “uniquely well placed” to satisfy the nation's demand for fitness gear.

    It read: “We stock a huge range of sports equipment designed for exercising at home… indeed home fitness is the number one trending topic on social media after coronavirus itself.

    “Against the backdrop of the closure of gyms the demand for these types of products has increased exponentially as the population looks to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    “We are uniquely well placed to help keep the UK as fit and healthy as possible during this crisis and thus our Sports Direct and Evans Cycles stores will remain open where possible (in accordance with the Government's current social distancing guidance).”

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