No crowds, no Ryder Cup, suggests European captain Harrington

first_img “I’m not saying it hasn’t been in doubt,” said Harrington. “I’m sure they’ve looked at alternatives and things like that. “But the only reason for the Ryder Cup not being there, and that’s outside everybody’s hands, is the coronavirus. “It’s not something that’s within our control. Loading… Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington believes the biennial match with the United States should be postponed if fans are ordered to stay away due to the coronavirus pandemic.The 48-year-old Irishman told the BBC on Wednesday the febrile atmosphere created by the opposing sets of fans was part of the fabric of the event.Ryder Cup will be postponed if fans banned – Harrington “Nobody wants to see the Ryder Cup played without the fans being there,” said Harrington. “There’s no doubt that it makes the tournament so much better. “I think the common consensus now is the Ryder Cup will not be played unless the fans are there. “Non-golfers and golfers around the world watch the Ryder Cup because of the tension that’s created by the spectators.” This year’s edition is slated to take place from September 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, USA. At present Europe are due to begin their defence of the trophy just a week after a re-arranged US Open. The other two US-based majors The Masters and the PGA have also been postponed to November and August respectively. The fourth major the British Open due to be played in July has been cancelled. Harrington is a three-time major champion and part of six Ryder Cup teams finishing on the winning side on four occasions. He said whether the Ryder Cup went ahead depended on something that was out of organisers control. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Most Disturbing Movie DystopiasTop 10 Most Costly Liquids In The World Read Also: Ex-Eagles manager urges Ighalo to extend Man United loan stay “There are bigger things too than the Ryder Cup. “I hope that we get our chance to play. “I think it’s something that can bring people together and is something to look forward to and enjoy.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Berlin rejects German Cup final fans request

first_img However, football stadiums and other sports events could be subject to an exception and allowed to admit limited number of fans, but the subject is under discussion. A Hamburg-based virologist said even a tiny crowd of 1,000 fans in the cavernous Olympic Stadium would be too many. “You have to limit the number of spectators,” said scientist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit. Read Also: Ronaldo fails to lift Juve as Napoli claim Coppa Italia “I think a figure in the low three-digit range could definitely be implemented. “The danger is that there will be ‘a superspreading’ at an event, where an unidentified infected person in the stadium can infect hundreds of people in those two hours.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Next month’s German Cup final will be played behind closed doors after the country’s football association’s application for fans to be present was turned down by the local Berlin government on Wednesday. Bayern Munich will defend the German Cup at a near-empty Olympic Stadium Earlier in the day the German football associaton (DFB) said they hoped up to 1,000 fans could be allowed into the capital city’s Olympic Stadium when holders Bayern Munich host Bayer Leverkusen on July 4. The ground has a capacity of 75,000 but all football matches have been played behind closed doors since the Bundesliga resumed in mid-May. “The response to our request was negative,” the DFB said. “The rules currently in place in Berlin mean that any gathering of more than 1,000 in the capital is forbidden until August 31,” it added. The numbers are limited to playing staff, coaches, club officials, media and match officials with fans locked out. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government wants to ban events with large crowds until at least the end of October over fears of renewed transmission of the coronavirus, according to an official draft seen by AFP.last_img read more

Juventus hailed as ‘the lions of Wembley’

first_img0Shares0000Gianluigi Buffon led Juventus to a come-from-behind victory against Tottenham at Wembley to secure a last-eight Champions League spot © AFP / Glyn KIRKROME, Italy, Mar 8 – Juventus were hailed as “the lions of Wembley” by the Italian media on Thursday after the Serie A side’s stunning fightback against Tottenham to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.Massimiliano Allegri’s side were on the brink of elimination after Son Heung-Min’s first-half strike put Spurs ahead at their temporary home of Wembley on Wednesday. But, despite being completely outplayed in the opening period, Juventus got back in the game after the break and equalised through Gonzalo Higuain.That was the decisive moment as Tottenham suddenly went to pieces, allowing the Italian champions to score again two minutes and 49 seconds later as Paulo Dybala punished poor defending with a cool finish.All three Italian sports dailies sung from the same hymn book, with the headline in both the Gazzetto dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport acclaiming “the Lions of Wembley”, while for Tuttosport Juve were simply “Lions”.And the abiding image of a gripping game was the sight of their two aged roaring lions, 40-year-old keeper Gianluigi Buffon and 33-year-old Giorgio Chiellini, face to face, after the veteran central defender made a crucial tackle on Spurs striker Harry Kane.On Wednesday Tottenham discovered that Juve were not old but experienced — and never beaten until the final whistle.At home it has been Napoli who since the start of the season have looked most likely to win Serie A title, but if Juve win their game in hand against Atalanta next week it will put them at the top of the table ahead of the sprint to the line.Juve were made to suffer at Wembley, with the first half a trial for the Italians up against the speed and youth of their English hosts.But they never raised the white flag of surrender, despite a dugout deprived of any outright attackers in the absence of Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado, Mario Mandzukic and Federico Bernardeschi, and with stars like Blaise Matuidi, Higuain and Dybala not yet at peak fitness after recent returns from injury.But Argentinian duo Higuain and Dybala were the architects of Juve’s escape act, as was Allegri.“In the first leg I was criticised for my substitutions and today you are congratulating me for them? It’s the players who win matches. Me, I make mistakes and I sometimes try to repair them,” the coach said, tongue firmly in cheek.Seven of Allegri’s team had an even tougher assignment to attend on Thursday, the funeral of Davide Astori, the 31-year-old Fiorentina captain who died of a suspected heart attack last weekend.“We dedicate the win to him. He is on our minds on this day. I cried many times. He was a fantastic player. It was very difficult during the match because we had to think of the game and the outcome and it’s not easy. But he’s always in our heart,” said Chiellini.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more