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Alan 1:38 Sat Mar 14
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool are still likely to be crowned Premier League champions, even if the coronavirus crisis causes the season to be abandoned. (Telegraph)

West Ham United's vice-chairman Karren Brady says that the Premier League season has to be declared void if no more fixtures are possible. (Sun)

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has decided not to give his squad any extra time off during the coronavirus-enforced break. (Mail)

Many clubs' scouting checks and due diligence for recruitment have been significantly hampered by travel bans, games being played behind closed doors and league suspensions. (Independent)

The Champions League could be completed with the quarter-finals and semi-finals being played over one leg. (Mirror)

Premier League clubs may refuse to play when the season is scheduled to resume in April because of concerns about their players' fitness and the integrity of the competition. (Mail)

West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur are under pressure to complete their home games with several summer events already booked in at their stadiums. (Mirror)

Arsenal are considering a summer move for Wolves' Portuguese forward Diogo Jota, 23. (Mail)

Juventus are targeting Lyon's 21-year-old Frenchman Houssem Aouar as an alternative midfield option to Manchester United's France international Paul Pogba, 26. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Chelsea are keen on signing Manchester United's English midfielder Angel Gomes, 19, on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Metro)

Manchester United are leading the race to sign Borussia Monchengladbach's 23-year-old Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria, who is also being tracked by Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.(Sky Germany, via Mirror)

Barcelona have agreed to sign Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan this summer and will give the 22-year-old a £16m-a-year contract. (Star)

Juventus will make a £25m offer for Chelsea's Italy full-back Emerson Palmieri in the summer after having a bid for the 25-year-old rejected in January. (Express)

Lazio want to sign Chelsea's French striker Olivier Giroud, 33, and AC Milan's Italian midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura, 30, when the pair become free agents at the end of the season. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Barcelona and Real Madrid are both monitoring Lyon's 16-year-old French forward Rayan Cherki. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says it is inevitable the Clarets will one day have to let English winger Dwight McNeil leave but claims they are under no pressure to sell the 20-year-old. (Mirror)


Coronavirus: West Ham will be able to finish home games as clubs face refund calls

West Ham and Tottenham are under pressure to complete their home games with several summer events taking place at their respective stadiums

By John Cross

West Ham will be able to finish their home games - even though they could end up being double booked.

The Premier League club are facing major delays to the end of the season because of the coronavirus crisis and have other events booked at the London Stadium.

Major League Baseball have are scheduled to move in on the weekend beginning June 13, a rock concert is then scheduled for Friday, June 26 before the Muller Anniversary Games take place between July 4-5.

But West Ham take precedent over other events with Spurs also facing a similar issue as Guns N’ Roses have two concert dates on May 29 and 30; the Capital Summertime Ball is scheduled for June 6 while Anthony Joshua is fighting Kubrat Pulev on June 20.

Clubs are increasingly concerned that even though fixtures are due to restart on April 3, it is highly likely the delay will drag on - and could run into June with fixtures potentially still played in July.

Several are already putting their pre-season plans on hold or have cancelled already as they all just take a break and then expect to restart.

Also, Premier League clubs have been inundated with calls from season ticket holders enquiring about refunds.

Fixtures have been postponed until April 4 because of the coronavirus and there is serious doubt when games will be able to resume.

Clubs are so far insisting the games will get played and “acts of God” mean refunds are not possible but the financial implications could be huge if the season does not finish.

Sky are also having to shake up their programming after losing a host of live fixtures but, with games so far expected to resume quite quickly, they will not yet consider refunds as they believe the Premier League will restart.

Sky Sports Managing Director Rob Webster said: “Sky Sports is working closely with all our partners to better understand the impact on the annual sporting calendar.

“We recognise that it is a fast-moving situation and we are working at speed to ensure we continue to deliver for all of our customers. A number of sporting events have been postponed, but not cancelled, so we expect to be able to show these when they are rescheduled.

“Therefore, our live schedule is likely to look different for a period of time. As more information becomes available, we will continue to provide updates to all of our customers.”


SEEING RED Sorry Liverpool but Premier League has to be declared null and void if players can’t play again

Exclusive Karren Brady

NO escaping the fact now, football in England is entering its most devastating period in 75 years.

The news that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (which came in a phone call to me from the Arsenal CEO late Thursday) and Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus brought forward the inevitable day the Premier League would have to be suspended, pending possible cancellation.

And that is the optimistic way of looking at it.

If the Prime Minister’s ‘sombrero’ graph is anywhere near an accurate forecast then suspension might need to be extended until June-July. Or, worst scenario, that the start of next season will be delayed.

I have no doubts the Premier League will survive. The task for all football is to limit the damage.

The mortals in the Health Ministry were reminded this week that they do not have god-like gifts to shape the spread of the disease.

Their wishful plan to hold off on cancelling big sporting events for a while was destroyed by one verdict — that Arteta had caught the virus.

The house of hope collapsed because once the contagion was in the brickwork, dry rot took over.

Arsenal’s matches had to be called off and all of Arteta’s dozens of contacts had to be placed in isolation.


Arsenal hosted West Ham just a week ago and our manager David Moyes is also in self-isolation although that is a sensible precaution as he is showing no symptoms at all.

The same was true of Hudson-Odoi. The masonry was falling fast.

Such is the potency of the disease that no one is safe.

We do not even know if it can be caught twice. Fundamentally, it has to be eradicated and not until there is an effective vaccine — a year ahead at least — big sport will be at its mercy.

The only antidote at present is care in human contact and unrelenting pursuit of hygiene.

Suspension or cancellation of the league was always a certainty.

There is no dodging the possibility that all levels in the EFL as well as the Premier League will have to be cancelled and this season declared null and void because if the players can’t play the games can’t go ahead.

The PL hopes that an interlude of three weeks from today will enable it to restart but that may well be dreamland.

Perhaps scrubbing the European Championship could provide more time to complete the season into the summer but that is also a giant ‘if’.

The issue is that medical advice is that for every day a player is in isolation he needs a day to recover his fitness.

This on top of the issue that Covid-19 is so highly contagious the thought that everyone will be in and out of isolation and fit to play on April 4 seems so unlikely.

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.

Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the games have not actually been played in full?

A huge blow to Liverpool who might be robbed of their first title in 30 years.

This will be discussed between the PL and the clubs next week at an emergency meeting.

There are, of course, financial implications, wages and transfer debts must be paid and there is lost broadcast revenue, lost matchday income but this pales into insignificance as the health and well-being of everyone must come first.

Further down the EFL, right down to the pyramid, the greater the threat to future existence. But I suspect that by hook or by crook most will survive.

The virus has a long way to travel yet. On Monday all games were going ahead and by Friday all 20 Premier League clubs had voted in an emergency shareholder meeting call to suspend the league. A week is a long time at the moment.


London Stadium Survey 2020 results revealed

The results from the London Stadium survey 2020 are in with 11,672 match going supporters filling it out – we are able to publish today a true reflection of West Ham fan’s updated perception of the London Stadium, one year on from the last survey and 44 months after moving in. On the whole, perceptions have decreased in the majority of categories over the last 12 months.

The supporter survey was promoted by several West Ham websites, blogs and social media channels.

After nearly four years in the London Stadium do you believe that the move was a good idea?

Yes 15%
No 67%
Not sure 18%

A swing of 40% on last year when 27% said it was not a good idea.

When will the London stadium feel like our proper home?

It does already 7%
4-5 seasons 12%
6-10 seasons 12%
+10 seasons 12%
It never will 57%

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 9:38 Sat Mar 14
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Sad news all round...

Mex Martillo 6:43 Sat Mar 14
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ted fenton 3:38 Sat Mar 14

ted fenton 3:38 Sat Mar 14
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Queens Fish Bar 1:51 Sat Mar 14

Queens Fish Bar 1:51 Sat Mar 14
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Thanks Alan 1:46 Sat Mar 14

bill green 1:47 Sat Mar 14
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thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:46 Sat Mar 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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