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  1. 'I don't know how much we can focus on football'

    Fortuna Dusseldorf manager Uwe Rosler says there are a lot things he does not know ahead of the Bundesliga's return this weekend, listing the match fitness, focus and mental state of everyone involved.

    Germany's top flight will become the first major football league in Europe to return to competition this weekend.

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    Video caption: I don't know how much we can focus on football - Rosler
  2. Manchester police 'fearful' of Premier League restart

    Police at Etihad Stadium

    The chief of Greater Manchester Police says his force are "fearful" of crowds turning up at football stadiums if the Premier League season restarts.

    The league hopes to return on 12 June with games played behind closed doors.

    But GMP chief constable Ian Hopkins believes some "tricky fixtures" could pose a problem for policing.

    "Liverpool coming to Manchester City I have no doubt would attract crowds whether they're allowed in the ground or not," he said.

    "It needs very, very careful thinking through."

  3. Triathlon events rescheduled

    The World Triathlon Series (WTS) and Mixed Relay World Championships in Germany have been rescheduled for September.

    They were supposed to take place in Hamburg on 11 and 12 July but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    They will now take place on 5 and 6 September.

    The Ironman triathlon has also been moved from its original 21 June date to 6 September.

  4. RFU send out 'Return to Rugby' survey

    The RFU is attempting to find out how likely it is rugby fans will return to Twickenham if they can stage matches this autumn.

    A selection of clubs, players, referees and coaches have been asked by the RFU to fill in a 10 minute survey entitled “Return to Rugby”.

    There are 12 main questions in the survey including: “At what stage of containing the Coronavirus outbreak would you then consider attending matches at Twickenham Stadium?”

    Other questions include the increased likelihood of fans attending at Twickenham if measures like social distancing, hand sanitiser and face masks were adopted at the ground.

    The survey also asks questions about fan appetite for watching games on TV with little or no crowds attending.

  5. Football in Austria to resume

    Football in Austria will resume with their Cup final on 29 May before the country's Bundesliga starts again on 2 June, says the league's chief executive Christian Ebenbauer.

    League matches will be held every three days to clear the backlog built up during the coronavirus shutdown

    "Today is a good day," said Ebenbauer. "I am glad to announce that under the current status quo and if things remain as they are soccer will return to the pitch on 29 May."

    The Austrian Football Federation's (OFB) Cup final will see Red Bull Salzburg, the Bundesliga champions who are currently second in the league, face second division Austria Lustenau.

  6. Serie A hopes for 13 June restart

    Serie A plans to resume its season on 13 June if Italy's government approves.

    The league's general assembly met on Wednesday via videoconference and approved the date for resumption "in accordance with government decisions and medical protocols".

    Clubs in the Italian top flight returned to training earlier in May but players can only train individually.

    Read more here.

    Giorgio Chiellini training
  7. Training return guidance published

    Guidance on how elite athletes can safely return to training has been issued by funding body UK Sport, with its chief executive Sally Munday insisting ultimately the decision on when to resume is a "personal one" for the competitors themselves.

    The protocols have been put together following consultation involving athletes, coaches, chief medical officers, chief executives, performance and operations directors across a range of Olympic, Paralympic and other professional sports.

    Munday said: "Every sport is different and everyone's personal circumstances are different and whilst clearly there are many who are keen to return to training as soon as possible, there are those who will have genuine concerns or personal circumstances that make this challenging.

    "As always, we are urging all sports to continue to make the welfare of athletes and staff their number one priority.

    "We are therefore asking all sports to work through the guidance carefully, to give confidence to both athletes and support staff that they can 'opt in' to any return to training safely. Ultimately the decision on when to return to organised training must be taken by each sport, in conjunction with relevant training facility providers, understanding all of the complexities and intricacies of individual sports."

  8. Portuguese club forced to play home games 892 miles away on return

    Santa Clara

    Football's return after the break enforced by the coronavirus crisis was never going to be easy.

    Now one Portuguese top-flight club have announced they will play their home games 892 miles away at the Portuguese FA headquarters when matches resume.

    Santa Clara, from the Azores, have been forced to make the move because of lockdown restrictions at their usual home.

    Anyone arriving in the Azores, a group of small islands in the Atlantic Ocean 850 miles off the coast of mainland Portugal, must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

    Instead of teams travelling to the islands, the club will train and play its five remaining home games at the FA's City of Football near Lisbon - a two-hour-25-minute flight away - because of the "need to safeguard the public health of the Azoreans".

    The Primeira Liga is due to resume on 4 June with Santa Clara ninth in the table.

  9. Promoter concerns and spit-bucket clarity

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport boxing reporter

    British boxers at O2 Arena

    British boxing bosses are braced for promoters going out of business because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The sport is shut down in the UK until July, when it is hoped a return can be fashioned at behind-closed-door events.

    The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) has "concerns" for promoters who deliver shows without television revenue and expects "casualties".

    The board has also clarified rules over a proposed ban on the use of spit buckets when boxing resumes.

    You can read more detail here.

  10. Liverpool should not be champions if relegation scrapped - Barnes

    Liverpool should not be awarded the Premier League title if it is decided there will be no relegation this season, says the club's former midfielder John Barnes.

    The majority of bottom half clubs reportedly want relegation to be removed if the season resumes, potentially at neutral venues.

    While the race to avoid relegation is tight, Liverpool are 25 points clear at the top of the table as they chase a first top-flight title in 30 years.

    Barnes said the current Premier League should be finished whenever it is safe to do so "no matter how long it takes".

    "Why do we have to cancel the season now?" he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "Christmas Day has to be on 25 December. New Year's Day has to be on 1 January.

    "The football season doesn't have to run from August to May. You can adjust."

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  11. 'Top flights officials have been invisible' - Neville


    Former England defender Gary Neville says the actions of top flihght officials have led to confusion among fans over how and when the game might be able to stage a return.

    Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: "The Premier League have been invisible in these last few weeks, the medical experts in football have been invisible in these last few weeks - there was another way of doing this.

    "I think at this moment in time we do need to be communicated to properly as a country as to why it's safe to return to football - not just the players because the fans want to hear it as well."

    Gary Neville
  12. Insolvency 'probably inevitable' for some Scottish clubs

    Scottish football is not facing a "doomsday scenario" but it is "probably inevitable" that some clubs will face insolvency, according to a new report.

    The eighth annual Football Distress Report said none of the 42 SPFL clubs showed "symptoms of financial distress" before the end of March.

    However, the impact of the coronavirus-enforced suspension is now being felt.

    Insolvency specialist Ken Pattullo said wage commitments and a reliance on gate receipts "could prove fatal".

    The report found that the majority of Scottish clubs will face "financial peril" in the absence of government support should the isolation measures continue into the 2020/21 season.

  13. Buttler admits to apprehension over returning to action

    Jos Buttler

    England cricketer Jos Buttler says he feels some apprehension about leaving the coronavirus-enforced lockdown to return to action.

    There will be no cricket played until at least 1 July, but details on how England players can train are set to be revealed on Thursday.

    "As the time has gone on, you find your new routine, get used to being at home," said Buttler.

    "Naturally there are some anxieties about leaving this situation."

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  14. Footballers should have say over return - Clayton

    Adam Clayton

    Footballers should be allowed to choose whether it is right for them to return to playing, Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton has said.

    Clayton's father Steve spent 51 days in intensive care with Covid-19.

    Football in England is currently suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    "Ultimately I think it will end up with the players making the decision whether they feel right to do it or not," Clayton told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "It's a real tough one. There's nobody who wants to be out on the pitch more than me, I've missed it like you wouldn't believe. It's what we have done since we were kids.

    "I don't think the fear in football is the players contracting it ourselves, although it could still have damaging effects. It's more if I go to work and bring it back to my baby daughter or my dad, that's the worry I'd have."

  15. 'Watching my son a worry'

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    Video caption: What are we allowing footballers to go back into? - Kick It Out's Troy Townsend

    Troy Townsend, from equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out and father of Crystal Palace and England winger Andros Townsend, says he understands players' concerns over the risk a return to action in the near future could represent to not only themselves but also their families.

    Townsend told BBC Sport: "I love watching my son play football, I love watching his team play and I love every aspect of what football brings, but these are uncertain times and ultimately I don't want to be watching him with worry right across my face."

    You can watch his interview by clicking play above.

  16. 'Aluko sorry for furlough tweets'

    Ex-England international Eniola Aluko has apologised after posting a series of tweets appearing to criticise people placed on the government's furlough scheme amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Aston Villa Women's sporting director said it created a "do-nothing" mentality and "culture of entitlement".

    You can read more here.

  17. 'Quarantine & Chill'

    Who needs some light relief?

    Glad it's not just me.

    Take a look at some home lockdown tricks from faces you know and love (hopefully).

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    Video caption: Quarantine & Chill: 10 of the best tricks, flicks and funnies from footballers at home
  18. 'Promotion should be scrapped if Championship season incomplete'


    Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber says promotion to the Premier League should be abandoned if the Championship fails to complete the season.

    Webber's Canaries are currently bottom of the Premier League table, six points from safety.

    Norwich are reluctant to accept a scenario in which they finish the campaign and are relegated, only to be replaced by the likes of Championship clubs such as Leeds or West Brom, whose season has been prematurely curtailed.

    Webber told the Sky Sports Football Show: "What we could not accept is a situation where we play all our games and get relegated, but the Championship can't play, and they automatically promote some teams who haven't finished the season.

    "For anyone who has got promoted from the Championship, it is a 46 or 49 game slog. It needs to be settled on the pitch - both coming up and going down."

    Stuart Webber
  19. Full Super Netball season 'promising'


    Australia's elite netball league Super Netball is on schedule to resume in June and the season could be played in it's entirety according to CEO Chris Symington.

    Players have been told to complete 12-hours of trainig per week individually until 31 May.

    Symington said: “With restrictions easing around the country, our hopes of being able to complete a full 2020 season are cautiously rising.

    "But in order to maintain competitive balance within the league while the finer details of the season are agreed upon, we have advised clubs and athletes to continue solo training for the next two and a half weeks."

    Helen Housby
  20. ECB launches app


    The England and Wales Cricket Board has created an app for children to stay involved with the sport during lockdown.

    The ECB recommended in March that all recreational cricket be suspended indefinitely because of coronavirus.

    On Tuesday, it said it was seeking greater clarity overchanges to government guidelines around sport before giving further advice.

    The app, Dynamos Cricket, is designed for children to use at home.

    The app includes batting, bowling and fielding skill games

    The app includes batting, bowling and fielding skill games