Coronavirus in Sport LIVE: Gary Neville acting a peacemaker in wage row, Premier League season meeting taking place – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS continues to wreak havoc on the world of sport.

The Premier League will be having another meeting on Friday as they discuss plans for the remainder of the season, but there's some good news for live sport with the top darts stars set to compete in a tournament from home starting Friday.

Follow all the latest updates below…

  • SOLVE PAY CRISIS OR LOSE JOBS

    Brighton chiefs have warned the PFA — solve the player wage crisis now or face the consequences.

    And despite being far from safe from relegation the Seagulls are NOT one of the clubs pushing for a June 30 deadline to complete the season.

    Ahead of today’s crunch Premier League talks, Brighton owner Tony Bloom and chief executive Paul Barber fear clubs will go bust with players suffering more in the long term if pay cuts are not agreed soon.

    Barber, who has accepted a reduction in his salary, said: “We’re in the midst of football’s worst crisis and we need everyone pulling in the same direction.

    “The worst thing we can have is for clubs to go out of business because that isn’t going to help players at all. Because there will then be fewer jobs for those players.”

    Talks with the PFA over a collective approach for all Premier League sides broke down last week, leaving individual clubs to take things forward.

    Bloom praised senior Brighton players Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray for their role in talks about wage cuts.

    But he urged the players’ union to look at the longer-term picture and show more flexibility about the principle of their members taking short-term pay cuts.

  • SPURS WANT POCH PAY-CUT

    Tottenham have approached former boss Mauricio Pochettino about a potential pay cut to his gardening leave salary amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Argentine manager is still being paid his £8.5million annual wages as part of the severance package agreed with Spurs chief Daniel Levy when he was sacked back in November 2019.

    Spurs have begun talks with Pochettino, 48, and are hoping he will agree to a new pay deal and help ease the financial strain on the club.

    Levy agreed to keep paying Poch until he found a new job and with Covid-19 bringing world football to a shuddering halt that does not seem to be on the horizon for a man who would usually be heavily in-demand.

    The measures will also be extended to the club's former backroom staff as the North London side look to cut costs wherever possible. Coaches Jesus Perez, Miguel D'Agostino and Antoni Jimenez will be asked to strike new deals with Spurs having also been shown the door along with Poch.

    Despite leading Tottenham to last season's Champions League final Poch was dismissed after four-and-a-half years and replaced with Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho.

    Spurs are also in talks with Mourinho and his playing squad about a 10% drop in wages as the club looks to offset some of the inevitable losses caused by the virus.

  • KROENKE'S GUNNER BOOST FUNDS

    ARSENAL owner Stan Kroenke will make a large cash injection to the club to ease the financial worries amid the coronavirus crisis, according to reports.

    The Gunners have decided against furloughing any of their staff while the players are closing in on a 12.5 per cent pay cut.

    Kroenke has regularly come under criticism from fans for his lack of spending in the transfer window.

    But the Daily Mail say he is now set to pump in a huge amount of money to help the burden.

    This is thought to be worth millions of pounds and will help balance out the losses incurred as a result of Covid-19, which has suspended the season.

    And it comes with Kroenke's NFL franchise the LA Rams currently facing massive costs to complete their new stadium – which is a reported £1.6billion over budget.

    Meanwhile, negotiations have been ongoing between the club and squad with PFA representative Hector Bellerin acting as a go-between to secure the pay cut.

  • NEV IS EFL PEACEMAKER

    Gary Neville is acting as a peacemaker in the wage row between EFL clubs and players.

    The Manchester United legend has been involved in talks between PFA chiefs, clubs and players during the coronavirus cash crisis.

    TV pundit Neville is a co-owner of League Two club Salford, but his appearance in video conferences and general talks has been a surprise for other club executives.

    The EFL are happy for ex-defender Neville, 45, to be taking an active role.

    While he had already been contacted by a number of managers and players for advice.

    One EFL owner said: “He has spoken really well and has a lot of respect — which is useful in these difficult times.”

    EFL chiefs said on Tuesday they had come to an agreement with the PFA to propose 25 per cent wage deferrals to League One and League Two players.

    On social media, Neville wrote: “This is how to do it. Collaborate and work together. Well done @EFL and @PFA”

    Neville is also supporting the NHS with his co-owned Hotel Football in Manchester being offered for use by doctors and nurses.

  • FIRST AID FROM THE RED BOS

    Mark Bosnich is swapping the microphone for the telephone as he helps out during the coronavirus crisis.

    The former Aston Villa, Manchester United and Chelsea keeper is part of a collaboration between the Red Cross and Australia’s Football Federation to help the most vulnerable during the lockdown.

    Bosnich is going to help pack food parcels and deliver them to homes in his native country.

    But he will also be on the end of the line to chat to those stuck on their own and lonely during this time.

    Bosnich, 48, said: “I just want to be available for anyone in need, 24/7, to talk to them and make them know that there is someone there for you.

    “It’s not just to chat about football but just to chat. I hope it can help in some way because a lot of people will feel lonely and isolated at this time.

    “I will also be helping to pack up food parcels and deliver them to the elderly and vulnerable and we are aiming to do this with prominent footballers throughout the country.”

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