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Liverpool reverse decision to furlough staff, apologise to fans

Tuesday, 2020-04-07 10:00:12
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FILE PHOTO: Peter Moore, CEO of Liverpool FC gestures during the Dubai International Sports Conference in Dubai, UAE January 2, 2019. (Reuters)
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Premier League leaders Liverpool have reversed their decision to furlough some of their non-playing staff and club CEO Peter Moore apologised to fans on Monday after the decision drew sharp criticism from the UK government and supporters.

The club said over the weekend they had furloughed some of their non-playing staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic and were holding talks about the prospect of salary deductions for players and senior staff.

* England manager Gareth Southgate has agreed a 30% wage reduction according to British media reports after the FA's CEO Mark Bullingham said on Monday that its highest earners would take significant pay cuts during the coronavirus crisis.

* UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Monday (Apr 6) that there is "no way" Liverpool should finish the season without the Premier League title, even if the campaign is cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool appeared set to secure a first English top-flight title in 30 years when the season was suspended, sitting 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City.

* Italian top-flight football clubs have unanimously reached agreement to cut the salaries of players, coaches and staff as a result of the coronavirus crisis, the Lega Serie A announced on Monday (Apr 6). Players' salaries will be reduced by a third of their gross annual earnings if the season should be cancelled, and a sixth if it resumes.

* Sweden manager Janne Andersson has been furloughed by the nation's FA until the end of May as the governing body struggles with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

* French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte has proposed a radical new Club World Cup tournament to replace the existing European Champions Cup in a bid to increase club revenues that have taken a hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.

* The US Open golf championship, which had been set for June 18-21 at Winged Foot in New York, has been rescheduled due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. Golf Association announced on Monday. The new dates for the year's third major are Sept. 17-20 also at Winged Foot.

* A large portion of fines levied on Brazilian football clubs and players will be paid into a fund to help in the fight against the new coronavirus, Brazil’s sports tribunal said on Monday. The court said that with leagues across the country shut down, they will give players the chance to exchange suspensions for fines.

* The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) is to give 140 clubs from the lower divisions and women's leagues a lump sum aimed at helping them survive the crisis caused by the new coronavirus, the organisation said on Monday. The 19 million reais (US$3.6 million) will go to 88 clubs in the third and fourth tier of the men's leagues and the 52 teams in the top two women's divisions.

* Baseball Hall of Famer Al Kaline, one of the most beloved and distinguished players of his era who spent his entire 22-year Major League Baseball career with the Detroit Tigers, died on Monday, aged 85, the team said. Known affectionately as "Mr. Tiger," Kaline was one of the most consistent players and retired not long after he became only the 12th player to reach MLB's elite 3,000-hit club.

* The international wrestling governing body, United World Wresting (UWW), plans to keep the world championship in its 2021 calendar as it would be the first time the event to be staged in an Olympic year, UWW's vice-president said on Monday.

* Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios once again showed his compassionate side on Monday, pledging to help hungry people and drop off food at doorstep for those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

* Bundesliga clubs were allowed to return to team training on Monday (Apr 6), with some opting to train players in small groups amid strict measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

* Fiji Rugby said contracted players and staff had agreed to pay cuts of 40 per cent on Monday (Apr 6) as part of a cost-cutting drive to remain viable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reuters, CNA