BLM badges disappear again from Sky Sports’ Premier League


Black Lives Matter badges disappeared again from Sky Sports’ Premier League tonight after returning for a day – after the BBC branded them ‘political’ and banned them from screens.

Sky is allowing pundits to make their own decisions about whether they wear the badges – with Patrice Evra ditching it on Tuesday, but Ashley Cole continuing to wear it on Wednesday.  

Tonight Roy Keane, Graeme Souness, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards were seen without as they analysed Premier League clashes Manchester City vs Liverpool and Sheffield United vs Tottenham.   

Jamie Redknapp, who hasn’t worn the emblem since Tuesday, was also seen without a Black Lives Matter badge as he discussed tonight’s fixtures in the studio. 

The Premier League has distanced itself from the anti-racism movement, but players in today’s matches still had ‘Black Lives Matter’ patches on their sleeves after George Floyd’s death in the US in May. 

Footballers also ‘took a knee’ in solidarity with the movement prior to kick off.

Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane ditched the Black Lives Matter badge in tonight’s Premier League coverage

Jamie Redknapp, who hasn't worn the emblem since Tuesday, was also seen without a Black Lives Matter badge as he discussed tonight's fixtures in the studio

Jamie Redknapp, who hasn’t worn the emblem since Tuesday, was also seen without a Black Lives Matter badge as he discussed tonight’s fixtures in the studio

Graeme Souness (pictured), Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards were also seen without as they analysed Premier League clashes between Manchester City and Liverpool, and Sheffield United and Tottenham on Sky Sports

Graeme Souness (pictured), Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards were also seen without as they analysed Premier League clashes between Manchester City and Liverpool, and Sheffield United and Tottenham on Sky Sports

Pictured: Micah Richards, who didn't appear to wear a BLM badge in tonight's coverage

Pictured: Micah Richards, who didn’t appear to wear a BLM badge in tonight’s coverage

Since the league resumed on June 17, Sky Sports presenters have worn the badges with the campaign phrase after all 20 clubs agreed to emblazon ‘Black Lives Matter’ on their shirts for all matches following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Players and officials have also ‘taken the knee’ before every match so far, a symbol adopted by US athletes to protest police brutality and racism in 2016 and now used in BLM protests across the world. 

However, concerns have been raised after a series of tweets by BLM which criticised Israel and called on the British government to ‘defund the police’.  

The Premier League said it recognised ‘the importance of the message that black lives matter’ – without referring to the organisation’s name in upper case – but made clear that it ‘does not endorse any political organisation or movement, nor support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity.’

Chiefs are not expected to ditch the BLM badge on shirts, having drawn a distinction between BLM’s cause and the group itself.   

The BBC yesterday banned pundits and guests from wearing BLM badges, with a senior source at the corporation telling the Daily Telegraph bosses decided they did not want ‘visual symbols of support’ for the movement to be worn on screen. 

David McGoldrick (right) of Sheffield takes a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement prior to the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur

David McGoldrick (right) of Sheffield takes a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement prior to the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur

The Premier League has distanced itself from the movement, but players in today's matches still had 'Black Lives Matter' patches on their sleeves after George Floyd's death in the US in May

The Premier League has distanced itself from the movement, but players in today’s matches still had ‘Black Lives Matter’ patches on their sleeves after George Floyd’s death in the US in May

Roy Keane (right) working for Sky Sports during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Roy Keane (right) working for Sky Sports during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Last night Ashley Cole (pictured) was seen wearing a Black Lives Matter badge in Sky's coverage of Bournemouth vs Newcastle and Everton vs Leicester

Last night Ashley Cole (pictured) was seen wearing a Black Lives Matter badge in Sky’s coverage of Bournemouth vs Newcastle and Everton vs Leicester

Rio Ferdinand (pictured) and Martin Keown also yesterday continued to wear their badges as they analysed the clash tonight between Arsenal and Norwich on BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand (pictured) and Martin Keown also yesterday continued to wear their badges as they analysed the clash tonight between Arsenal and Norwich on BT Sport

On Sunday’s Match of the Day, neither Alan Shearer or Micah Richards were wearing Black Lives Matter badges.

The BBC source told the Daily Telegraph: ‘The BBC cannot be seen to support any kind of cause over another, and Black Lives Matter is certainly a campaign.

‘Therefore we wouldn’t want anyone on-screen to be wearing visual symbols of support. Our presenters and guests can discuss Black Lives Matter, and we’ve reported on it in depth. 

‘We’re not impartial about racism. But wearing badges on screen – as with any other campaign – would be a step too far.’ 

On Tuesday night, Sky Sports pundit Patrice Evra chose not to wear a badge before Jamie Redknapp followed suit.

The following day, David Jones and James Collins both opted to wear the emblem in coverage of Bournemouth vs Newcastle and Everton vs Leicester.      

Matt Le Tissier said he had only worn the badge after being asked to do so by bosses at the broadcaster, while stressing he ‘could not support’ the cause’s anti police and capitalist aims. 

James Collins is wearing the Black Lives Matter badge along with a badge praising the NHS that has a small blue heart on Wednesday

James Collins is wearing the Black Lives Matter badge along with a badge praising the NHS that has a small blue heart on Wednesday

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Sheffield United's Dean Henderson after the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson after the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease

Players for Tottenham Hotspur are seen with Black Lives Matter badges on their sleeves today

Players for Tottenham Hotspur are seen with Black Lives Matter badges on their sleeves today

He had, along with fellow Sky pundit Jamie Carragher, appeared on air wearing a BLM badge.

However, on Wednesday nights coverage David Jones, James Collins and Ashley Cole were all still wearing the badges in Sky’s coverage of Bournemouth vs Newcastle and Everton vs Leicester. 

The Black Lives Matter logo was also shown on the broadcaster’s pre-match graphic.  

Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown and Jake Humphrey also continued to wear their badges on BT Sport as they analysed the clash between Arsenal and Norwich on Wednesday. 

BLM badges disappear again from Sky Sports’ Premier League


Black Lives Matter badges disappeared again from Sky Sports’ Premier League tonight after returning for a day – after the BBC branded them ‘political’ and banned them from screens.

Sky is allowing pundits to make their own decisions about whether they wear the badges – with Patrice Evra ditching it on Tuesday, but Ashley Cole continuing to wear it on Wednesday.  

Tonight Roy Keane, Graeme Souness, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards were seen without as they analysed Premier League clashes Manchester City vs Liverpool and Sheffield United vs Tottenham.   

Jamie Redknapp, who hasn’t worn the emblem since Tuesday, was also seen without a Black Lives Matter badge as he discussed tonight’s fixtures in the studio. 

The Premier League has distanced itself from the anti-racism movement, but players in today’s matches still had ‘Black Lives Matter’ patches on their sleeves after George Floyd’s death in the US in May. 

Footballers also ‘took a knee’ in solidarity with the movement prior to kick off.

Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane ditched the Black Lives Matter badge in tonight’s Premier League coverage

Jamie Redknapp, who hasn't worn the emblem since Tuesday, was also seen without a Black Lives Matter badge as he discussed tonight's fixtures in the studio

Jamie Redknapp, who hasn’t worn the emblem since Tuesday, was also seen without a Black Lives Matter badge as he discussed tonight’s fixtures in the studio

Graeme Souness (pictured), Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards were also seen without as they analysed Premier League clashes between Manchester City and Liverpool, and Sheffield United and Tottenham on Sky Sports

Graeme Souness (pictured), Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards were also seen without as they analysed Premier League clashes between Manchester City and Liverpool, and Sheffield United and Tottenham on Sky Sports

Pictured: Micah Richards, who didn't appear to wear a BLM badge in tonight's coverage

Pictured: Micah Richards, who didn’t appear to wear a BLM badge in tonight’s coverage

Since the league resumed on June 17, Sky Sports presenters have worn the badges with the campaign phrase after all 20 clubs agreed to emblazon ‘Black Lives Matter’ on their shirts for all matches following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Players and officials have also ‘taken the knee’ before every match so far, a symbol adopted by US athletes to protest police brutality and racism in 2016 and now used in BLM protests across the world. 

However, concerns have been raised after a series of tweets by BLM which criticised Israel and called on the British government to ‘defund the police’.  

The Premier League said it recognised ‘the importance of the message that black lives matter’ – without referring to the organisation’s name in upper case – but made clear that it ‘does not endorse any political organisation or movement, nor support any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity.’

Chiefs are not expected to ditch the BLM badge on shirts, having drawn a distinction between BLM’s cause and the group itself.   

The BBC yesterday banned pundits and guests from wearing BLM badges, with a senior source at the corporation telling the Daily Telegraph bosses decided they did not want ‘visual symbols of support’ for the movement to be worn on screen. 

David McGoldrick (right) of Sheffield takes a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement prior to the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur

David McGoldrick (right) of Sheffield takes a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement prior to the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur

The Premier League has distanced itself from the movement, but players in today's matches still had 'Black Lives Matter' patches on their sleeves after George Floyd's death in the US in May

The Premier League has distanced itself from the movement, but players in today’s matches still had ‘Black Lives Matter’ patches on their sleeves after George Floyd’s death in the US in May

Roy Keane (right) working for Sky Sports during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Roy Keane (right) working for Sky Sports during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Last night Ashley Cole (pictured) was seen wearing a Black Lives Matter badge in Sky's coverage of Bournemouth vs Newcastle and Everton vs Leicester

Last night Ashley Cole (pictured) was seen wearing a Black Lives Matter badge in Sky’s coverage of Bournemouth vs Newcastle and Everton vs Leicester

Rio Ferdinand (pictured) and Martin Keown also yesterday continued to wear their badges as they analysed the clash tonight between Arsenal and Norwich on BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand (pictured) and Martin Keown also yesterday continued to wear their badges as they analysed the clash tonight between Arsenal and Norwich on BT Sport

On Sunday’s Match of the Day, neither Alan Shearer or Micah Richards were wearing Black Lives Matter badges.

The BBC source told the Daily Telegraph: ‘The BBC cannot be seen to support any kind of cause over another, and Black Lives Matter is certainly a campaign.

‘Therefore we wouldn’t want anyone on-screen to be wearing visual symbols of support. Our presenters and guests can discuss Black Lives Matter, and we’ve reported on it in depth. 

‘We’re not impartial about racism. But wearing badges on screen – as with any other campaign – would be a step too far.’ 

On Tuesday night, Sky Sports pundit Patrice Evra chose not to wear a badge before Jamie Redknapp followed suit.

The following day, David Jones and James Collins both opted to wear the emblem in coverage of Bournemouth vs Newcastle and Everton vs Leicester.      

Matt Le Tissier said he had only worn the badge after being asked to do so by bosses at the broadcaster, while stressing he ‘could not support’ the cause’s anti police and capitalist aims. 

James Collins is wearing the Black Lives Matter badge along with a badge praising the NHS that has a small blue heart on Wednesday

James Collins is wearing the Black Lives Matter badge along with a badge praising the NHS that has a small blue heart on Wednesday

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Sheffield United's Dean Henderson after the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson after the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease

Players for Tottenham Hotspur are seen with Black Lives Matter badges on their sleeves today

Players for Tottenham Hotspur are seen with Black Lives Matter badges on their sleeves today

He had, along with fellow Sky pundit Jamie Carragher, appeared on air wearing a BLM badge.

However, on Wednesday nights coverage David Jones, James Collins and Ashley Cole were all still wearing the badges in Sky’s coverage of Bournemouth vs Newcastle and Everton vs Leicester. 

The Black Lives Matter logo was also shown on the broadcaster’s pre-match graphic.  

Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown and Jake Humphrey also continued to wear their badges on BT Sport as they analysed the clash between Arsenal and Norwich on Wednesday. 

West Indies cricket legend Sir Everton Weekes dies at the age of 95


BREAKING NEWS: West Indies cricket legend Sir Everton Weekes dies at the age of 95

  • The legendary West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes has died at the age of 95 
  • Weekes had passed away after an illness at his Christ Church home in Barbados 
  • He played 48 Tests across a 10-year career, scoring 4455 runs and 15 centuries
  • Cricket West Indies have paid tribute to the icon on social media on Wednesday 

The iconic West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes has died at the age of 95.

A heartfelt social media post from Cricket West Indies read: ‘Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of an icon. A legend, our hero, Sir Everton Weekes. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans around the world. May he rest in peace.’

Weekes passed away after a prolonged illness at his Christ Church home in Barbados.

Legendary former West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes has died at the age of 95

Weekes had passed away after a prolonged illness at his Christ Church home in Barbados

Weekes had passed away after a prolonged illness at his Christ Church home in Barbados

He had played 48 tests, with 4455 runs and 15 centuries to his name. 

He was one of the finest batsman the West Indies has ever produced, and rounded off his glittering career with an average of 58.61.  

Weekes is the only figure in history to have scored five successive Test centuries, having achieved the feat in 1948. 

He made his Test debut against England in 1948, retired a decade later and was later knighted

He made his Test debut against England in 1948, retired a decade later and was later knighted

Cricket West Indies have paid a touching tribute to Weekes, saying their hearts are 'heavy'

Cricket West Indies have paid a touching tribute to Weekes, saying their hearts are ‘heavy’

Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt has labelled Weekes a ‘great human being’.

He said: ‘I want to take this opportunity to publicly express our deepest sympathies to the family of the late Sir Everton Weekes, who passed away earlier today.

‘I want to pay tribute to Sir Everton’s amazing legacy as both a great cricketer and a great human being. He was the last of the famous three Ws to pass to the great beyond.

‘I had a personal relationship with Sir Everton, I had the opportunity last year to go to visit him at his home in Barbados when he had come out of hospital after he had had a very serious illness.

Weekes (pictured with fellow West Indies legend Frank Worrell) was one of the iconic three Ws

Weekes (pictured with fellow West Indies legend Frank Worrell) was one of the iconic three Ws 

‘We had a chance to chat about his career. He was a most amazing man and just one of the most humble and decent and wonderful people you could ever meet.’

The Barbadian was one of the legendary ‘Three Ws’ alongside Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott. 

The trio infamously guided the West Indies to a historic Test series victory in England – and made their Test debuts within weeks of each other in 1948.

He made his Test debut against England in 1948, retired a decade later and was then knighted in 1995.

England Cricket and the MCC have also paid touching tributes to Weekes (right) on Twitter

England Cricket and the MCC have also paid touching tributes to Weekes (right) on Twitter

Weekes worked as a coach and an ICC match referee after his retirement.

England Cricket were among those to also remember Weekes. A post on Twitter labelled him a ‘true great of the game’, and added: ‘Our thoughts and condolences go out to Sir Everton Weekes’ family and friends.’

The MCC also paid tribute to Weekes on social media with a statement which reads: ‘Everyone at MCC and Lord’s are saddened at the news of Sir Everton Weekes’ passing.

‘He will forever be remembered as one of @windiescricket’s finest cricketers.

Cricket West Indies have posted a series of emotional throwback pictures of their icon Weekes

Cricket West Indies have posted a series of emotional throwback pictures of their icon Weekes 

‘Our thoughts are with his family and friends.’ 

After suffering a heart attack, Weekes was admitted into intensive care in hospital in June 2019. 

He had been the third oldest surviving men’s Test star, after South Africa’s John Watkins and ex-England opener Don Smith – both of whom are 97. 

West Indies cricket legend Sir Everton Weekes dies at the age of 95


BREAKING NEWS: West Indies cricket legend Sir Everton Weekes dies at the age of 95

  • The legendary West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes has died at the age of 95 
  • Weekes had passed away after an illness at his Christ Church home in Barbados 
  • He played 48 Tests across a 10-year career, scoring 4455 runs and 15 centuries
  • Cricket West Indies have paid tribute to the icon on social media on Wednesday 

The iconic West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes has died at the age of 95.

A heartfelt social media post from Cricket West Indies read: ‘Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of an icon. A legend, our hero, Sir Everton Weekes. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans around the world. May he rest in peace.’

Weekes passed away after a prolonged illness at his Christ Church home in Barbados.

Legendary former West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes has died at the age of 95

Weekes had passed away after a prolonged illness at his Christ Church home in Barbados

Weekes had passed away after a prolonged illness at his Christ Church home in Barbados

He had played 48 tests, with 4455 runs and 15 centuries to his name. 

He was one of the finest batsman the West Indies has ever produced, and rounded off his glittering career with an average of 58.61.  

Weekes is the only figure in history to have scored five successive Test centuries, having achieved the feat in 1948. 

He made his Test debut against England in 1948, retired a decade later and was later knighted

He made his Test debut against England in 1948, retired a decade later and was later knighted

Cricket West Indies have paid a touching tribute to Weekes, saying their hearts are 'heavy'

Cricket West Indies have paid a touching tribute to Weekes, saying their hearts are ‘heavy’

The Barbadian was one of the legendary ‘Three Ws’ alongside Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott. 

The trio infamously guided the West Indies to a historic Test series victory in England – and made their Test debuts within weeks of each other in 1948.

He made his Test debut against England in 1948, retired a decade later and was then knighted in 1995.

Weekes (pictured with fellow West Indies legend Frank Worrell) was one of the iconic three Ws

Weekes (pictured with fellow West Indies legend Frank Worrell) was one of the iconic three Ws 

Weekes worked as a coach and an ICC match referee after his retirement.

England Cricket were among those to also remember Weekes. A post on Twitter labelled him a ‘true great of the game’, and added: ‘Our thoughts and condolences go out to Sir Everton Weekes’ family and friends.’

The MCC also paid tribute to Weekes on social media with a statement which reads: ‘Everyone at MCC and Lord’s are saddened at the news of Sir Everton Weekes’ passing.

England Cricket and the MCC have also paid touching tributes to Weekes (right) on Twitter

England Cricket and the MCC have also paid touching tributes to Weekes (right) on Twitter

‘He will forever be remembered as one of @windiescricket’s finest cricketers.

‘Our thoughts are with his family and friends.’ 

After suffering a heart attack, Weekes was admitted into intensive care in hospital in June 2019. 

He had been the third oldest surviving men’s Test star, after South Africa’s John Watkins and ex-England opener Don Smith – both of whom are 97. 

Liverpool could join Arsenal and Rangers in winning the league at their rivals


Liverpool could deal Everton the ultimate humiliation by winning the Premier League title in their backyard next month as football returns after the coronavirus pandemic.

The two sides are set to meet in the Merseyside derby during the first weekend of full fixtures following the restart with plenty to play for – and that’s an understatement!

The Reds sit 25 points clear of reigning champions Manchester City as they look to win their first-league title in 30 years.

Having won 27 of 29 games played this term – drawing one and losing the other to Watford – Liverpool only need six points from their last nine games to be handed the trophy.

Should City lose their first game back to the Gunners on June 17, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be confirmed as champions if they beat rivals Everton just a few days later.

A result against the Toffees next month could see them join the exclusive list of clubs that have been fortunate enough to claim a title in their rival’s backyard.

Including those such as Arsenal who won at both Old Trafford and While Hart Lane and Rangers who secured the title at Celtic Park in 1999. 

Liverpool could win the Premier League title in Everton’s backyard during clash on June 20

1989 – Arsenal win at Anfield

Regarded as one of the most dramatic season-finales in history, Arsenal won the league title against Liverpool at Anfield in the final moments of the game.

Liverpool, the defending champions, had won 17 of their last 18 fixtures in all competitions. The Merseyside team were expected to win again as they hadn’t lost by two goals at Anfield since February 1986.

Whereas Arsenal, the underdogs, were trying to win the title for the first time since 1971 and needed to win by two or more goals to secure the title.

Arsenal manager George Graham used Steve Bould as a third central defender and his 3-5-2 system was designed to frustrate.

There were no goals in the first half but the complexion of the game changed dramatically after an opening goal from Alan Smith on 52 minutes gave the visitors hope.

Before an injury-time winner from Michael Thomas made their title dreams become a reality. 

Arsenal's 1989 win at Anfield is regarded as one of the most dramatic season-finales in history

Arsenal’s 1989 win at Anfield is regarded as one of the most dramatic season-finales in history

1999 – Rangers win at Celtic Park

Old Firm games between Rangers and Celtic are known for their sectarian songs, offensive banners, fierce atmospheres and violence.

The Glasgow derby is one of the fiercest rivalries in sport, let alone the result of the match leading to the confirmation of the title.

On May 2, 1999, Rangers headed to the Celtic Park in hope of clinching the title by winning the Old Firm.

Rangers won the game 3-0 thanks to Neil McCann and Jorg Albertz, securing the title at Celtic Park that will live long in the memory for any Gers supporters.

However, the game was later dubbed as the ‘Shame Game’ following a series of incidents during the game.

Fans tried to invade the pitch twice while the game was being played and also targeted referee Hugh Dallas by throwing a coin at his head during the match. Dallas was forced to receive treatment on the pitch.

Dallas went on to award a penalty to Rangers and send off two Celtic players, causing more drama.

On May 2, 1999, Rangers headed to Celtic Park and won the title following a 3-0 victory

On May 2, 1999, Rangers headed to Celtic Park and won the title following a 3-0 victory

However, the game was later dubbed the 'Shame Game' following a series of violent incidents

However, the game was later dubbed the ‘Shame Game’ following a series of violent incidents

2002 – Arsenal win at Old Trafford

Arsenal made the trip to Old Trafford in the penultimate game of the 2001-2002 campaign, in the hope of sealing an historic Double.

Four days before the trip to Manchester, the Gunners won the FA Cup beating Chelsea 2-0 with goals from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg.

Despite the absence of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Tony Adams on May 8, 2002, Wenger’s side secured the title after Sylvain Wiltord, on his 100th appearance for the club, slotted home the winner.

The Gunners finished seven points clear of United and ended the campaign with 13 consecutive victories as they went unbeaten away from home and scored in all 38 matches.

Arsenal finished seven points clear of United, ending their run with 13 consecutive victories

Arsenal finished seven points clear of United, ending their run with 13 consecutive victories

2004 – Arsenal win at White Hart Lane

April 25, 2004, marks the date when Arsenal’s Invincibles made history by securing the Premier League title at White Hart Lane and celebrated in front of the home fans.

Understandably, a move that made waves and fuelled the flames even further of the Gunners’ long-running rivalry with fellow north Londoners Tottenham.

Though, celebrations were in order as Arsene Wenger’s team went on to win the Premier League without a single defeat – earning themselves the nickname ‘The Invincibles.’

Tottenham, did however, hold The Invincibles to a 2-2 draw, with a late equaliser from Robbie Keane, but one point was enough to seal the deal.

April 25, 2004, marks the date when Arsenal's Invincibles made history by securing the title

April 25, 2004, marks the date when Arsenal’s Invincibles made history by securing the title

Arsene Wenger's team managed to win the Premier League without suffering a single defeat

Arsene Wenger’s team managed to win the Premier League without suffering a single defeat

Liverpool could join Arsenal and Rangers in winning the league at their rivals


Liverpool could deal Everton the ultimate humiliation by winning the Premier League title in their backyard next month as football returns after the coronavirus pandemic.

The two sides are set to meet in the Merseyside derby during the first weekend of full fixtures following the restart with plenty to play for – and that’s an understatement!

The Reds sit 25 points clear of reigning champions Manchester City as they look to win their first-league title in 30 years.

Having won 27 of 29 games played this term – drawing one and losing the other to Watford – Liverpool only need six points from their last nine games to be handed the trophy.

Should City lose their first game back to the Gunners on June 17, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be confirmed as champions if they beat rivals Everton just a few days later.

A result against the Toffees next month could see them join the exclusive list of clubs that have been fortunate enough to claim a title in their rival’s backyard.

Including those such as Arsenal who won at both Old Trafford and While Hart Lane and Rangers who secured the title at Celtic Park in 1999. 

Liverpool could win the Premier League title in Everton’s backyard during clash on June 20

1989 – Arsenal win at Anfield

Regarded as one of the most dramatic season-finales in history, Arsenal won the league title against Liverpool at Anfield in the final moments of the game.

Liverpool, the defending champions, had won 17 of their last 18 fixtures in all competitions. The Merseyside team were expected to win again as they hadn’t lost by two goals at Anfield since February 1986.

Whereas Arsenal, the underdogs, were trying to win the title for the first time since 1971 and needed to win by two or more goals to secure the title.

Arsenal manager George Graham used Steve Bould as a third central defender and his 3-5-2 system was designed to frustrate.

There were no goals in the first half but the complexion of the game changed dramatically after an opening goal from Alan Smith on 52 minutes gave the visitors hope.

Before an injury-time winner from Michael Thomas made their title dreams become a reality. 

Arsenal's 1989 win at Anfield is regarded as one of the most dramatic season-finales in history

Arsenal’s 1989 win at Anfield is regarded as one of the most dramatic season-finales in history

1999 – Rangers win at Celtic Park

Old Firm games between Rangers and Celtic are known for their sectarian songs, offensive banners, fierce atmospheres and violence.

The Glasgow derby is one of the fiercest rivalries in sport, let alone the result of the match leading to the confirmation of the title.

On May 2, 1999, Rangers headed to the Celtic Park in hope of clinching the title by winning the Old Firm.

Rangers won the game 3-0 thanks to Neil McCann and Jorg Albertz, securing the title at Celtic Park that will live long in the memory for any Gers supporters.

However, the game was later dubbed as the ‘Shame Game’ following a series of incidents during the game.

Fans tried to invade the pitch twice while the game was being played and also targeted referee Hugh Dallas by throwing a coin at his head during the match. Dallas was forced to receive treatment on the pitch.

Dallas went on to award a penalty to Rangers and send off two Celtic players, causing more drama.

On May 2, 1999, Rangers headed to Celtic Park and won the title following a 3-0 victory

On May 2, 1999, Rangers headed to Celtic Park and won the title following a 3-0 victory

However, the game was later dubbed the 'Shame Game' following a series of violent incidents

However, the game was later dubbed the ‘Shame Game’ following a series of violent incidents

2002 – Arsenal win at Old Trafford

Arsenal made the trip to Old Trafford in the penultimate game of the 2001-2002 campaign, in the hope of sealing an historic Double.

Four days before the trip to Manchester, the Gunners won the FA Cup beating Chelsea 2-0 with goals from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg.

Despite the absence of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Tony Adams on May 8, 2002, Wenger’s side secured the title after Sylvain Wiltord, on his 100th appearance for the club, slotted home the winner.

The Gunners finished seven points clear of United and ended the campaign with 13 consecutive victories as they went unbeaten away from home and scored in all 38 matches.

Arsenal finished seven points clear of United, ending their run with 13 consecutive victories

Arsenal finished seven points clear of United, ending their run with 13 consecutive victories

2004 – Arsenal win at White Hart Lane

April 25, 2004, marks the date when Arsenal’s Invincibles made history by securing the Premier League title at White Hart Lane and celebrated in front of the home fans.

Understandably, a move that made waves and fuelled the flames even further of the Gunners’ long-running rivalry with fellow north Londoners Tottenham.

Though, celebrations were in order as Arsene Wenger’s team went on to win the Premier League without a single defeat – earning themselves the nickname ‘The Invincibles.’

Tottenham, did however, hold The Invincibles to a 2-2 draw, with a late equaliser from Robbie Keane, but one point was enough to seal the deal.

April 25, 2004, marks the date when Arsenal's Invincibles made history by securing the title

April 25, 2004, marks the date when Arsenal’s Invincibles made history by securing the title

Arsene Wenger's team managed to win the Premier League without suffering a single defeat

Arsene Wenger’s team managed to win the Premier League without suffering a single defeat

Liverpool’s title run-in, Arsenal vs Spurs and Chelsea games – the Premier League’s ‘high risk’ ties


Police call for SIX ‘high risk’ Premier League games to be moved to neutral venues over crowd fears… with Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea and Newcastle all facing high-profile switches

  • Police have identified six ‘high risk’ PL games that could be at neutral venues
  • There are concerns fans could gather near grounds and breach lockdown rules 
  • Liverpool’s matches are of particular concern given they will win the title soon
  • There is concern about two Newcastle games amid their impending takeover 

Police have identified six fixtures of particular concern which will be staged at neutral venues when the Premier League returns, Sportsmail can reveal.

Three games involving Liverpool will be moved to a neutral venue, including the Merseyside derby and their likely title-winning game, though there is no possibility of Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti’s sides meeting in Manchester.

There is also a concern about two Newcastle games.

The full list of games police hold concerns over are: Manchester City v Liverpool, Manchester City v Newcastle, Manchester United v Sheffield United, Newcastle v Liverpool, Everton v Liverpool and the game which takes Liverpool to the title.

At yesterday’s Premier League meeting 12 games were mentioned as potentially being moved to neutral venues – including a series of London derbies, as revealed by Sportsmail. The clubs involved still expect these matches to be moved, too.

Three of Liverpool’s games will be moved to a neutral venue when the Premier League returns

THE SIX GAMES POLICE FEAR MOST

Manchester City v Liverpool

Manchester City v Newcastle

Manchester United v Sheffield United

Newcastle v Liverpool

Everton v Liverpool

Liverpool’s title-winning game 

Other games that could be moved include: 

While there had been an initial plan to play all matches at neutral grounds, that was dismissed out of hand but other games could now be switched – including Liverpool’s remaining matches at Anfield before they inevitably take the title.

The six fixtures of concerns have been identified after individual forces were asked which games concerned them.

As yet, there are no fixtures relating to relegation-threatened sides, which could avoid the row over neutral venues which saw the bottom six insist that they wanted to retain home advantage.

But Sportsmail understands that additional relegation fixtures could be added if that aspect of the resumed season creates crunch matches in which large numbers are likely to gather. 

There is no possibility of the Merseyside derby taking place just down the road in Manchester

There is no possibility of the Merseyside derby taking place just down the road in Manchester

Newcastle's huge fan base is a concern, with the possible Saudi takeover adding excitement

Newcastle’s huge fan base is a concern, with the possible Saudi takeover adding excitement

It has not yet been decided where neutral games will be staged. Some of Britain’s 43 police force areas have said they are willing to stage them. Some have indicated they are not.

Discussions on that will now take place between the Premier League and senior football police officers, who today praised the league for their cooperative and positive contribution to security discussions.

Greater Manchester Police, whose chief constable expressed concerns about some fixtures two weeks ago, have identified three fixtures in their force area as ones they prefer to be held at neutral venues.

The United v Sheffield United match is unexpected and could be a consequence of the two cities’ relative proximity and this being the Blades’ first season back in the top flight. 

Newcastle’s huge fan base clearly concerns officers, with the possible Saudi takeover at St James Park heightening the air of expectation.

Liverpool need just two more wins to capture the Premier League and it could come as early as the opening weekend, if Manchester City lose to Arsenal and they beat Everton. 

The likes of Leeds and West Brom in the Championship could also be asked to play at neutral venues as both are edging towards promotion. 

Man United v Sheffield United could be a consequence of the two cities' relative proximity

Man United v Sheffield United could be a consequence of the two cities’ relative proximity

Manchester City's home match against Liverpool could be another switched to a neutral venue

Manchester City’s home match against Liverpool could be another switched to a neutral venue

A plan is now in place for the Premier League season to be concluded by July 25, with 92 games to be held in 39 days.

Premier League chief Richard Masters said in a statement on Thursday: He said: ‘We have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday, June 17. 

‘But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.

‘Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches. 

‘The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. 

‘It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.’ 


Liverpool’s title run-in, Arsenal vs Spurs and Chelsea games – the Premier League’s ‘high risk’ ties


BREAKING NEWS: Police call for SIX ‘high risk’ Premier League games to be moved to neutral venues over crowd fears… with Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea and Newcastle all facing high-profile switches

  • Police have identified six ‘high risk’ PL games that could be at neutral venues
  • There are concerns fans could gather near grounds and breach lockdown rules 
  • Liverpool’s matches are of particular concern given they will win the title soon
  • There is concern about two Newcastle games amid their impending takeover 

Police have identified six fixtures of particular concern which will be staged at neutral venues when the Premier League returns, Sportsmail can reveal.

Three games involving Liverpool will be moved to a neutral venue, including the Merseyside derby and their likely title-winning game, though there is no possibility of Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti’s sides meeting in Manchester.

There is also a concern about two Newcastle games.

The full list of games police hold concerns over are: Manchester City v Liverpool, Manchester City v Newcastle, Manchester United v Sheffield United, Newcastle v Liverpool, Everton v Liverpool and the game which takes Liverpool to the title.

Three of Liverpool’s games will be moved to a neutral venue when the Premier League returns

THE SIX GAMES POLICE FEAR MOST

Manchester City v Liverpool

Manchester City v Newcastle

Manchester United v Sheffield United

Newcastle v Liverpool

Everton v Liverpool

Liverpool’s title-winning game 

On Thursday, the division announced that the action would resume on June 17 with the two games clubs have in-hand before a full round of fixtures, involving all 20 sides, over the weekend of June 20. 

While there had been an initial plan to play all matches at neutral grounds, that was dismissed out of hand but other games could now be switched – including Liverpool’s remaining matches at Anfield before they inevitably take the title.

The six fixtures of concerns have been identified after individual forces were asked which games concerned them.

As yet, there are no fixtures relating to relegation-threatened sides, which could avoid the row over neutral venues which saw the bottom six insist that they wanted to retain home advantage.

But Sportsmail understands that additional relegation fixtures could be added if that aspect of the resumed season creates crunch matches in which large numbers are likely to gather.

The Times have reported that there are 12 ‘high risk’ matches that discussions are being held over.

There is no possibility of the Merseyside derby taking place just down the road in Manchester

There is no possibility of the Merseyside derby taking place just down the road in Manchester

Newcastle's huge fan base is a concern, with the possible Saudi takeover adding excitement

Newcastle’s huge fan base is a concern, with the possible Saudi takeover adding excitement

It has not yet been decided where neutral games will be staged. Some of Britain’s 43 police force areas have said they are willing to stage them. Some have indicated they are not.

Discussions on that will now take place between the Premier League and senior football police officers, who today praised the league for their cooperative and positive contribution to security discussions.

Greater Manchester Police, whose chief constable expressed concerns about some fixtures two weeks ago, have identified three fixtures in their force area as ones they prefer to be held at neutral venues.

The United v Sheffield United match is unexpected and could be a consequence of the two cities’ relative proximity and this being the Blades’ first season back in the top flight. 

Newcastle’s huge fan base clearly concerns officers, with the possible Saudi takeover at St James Park heightening the air of expectation.

Liverpool need just two more wins to capture the Premier League and it could come as early as the opening weekend, if Manchester City lose to Arsenal and they beat Everton. 

The likes of Leeds and West Brom in the Championship could also be asked to play at neutral venues as both are edging towards promotion. 

Man United v Sheffield United could be a consequence of the two cities' relative proximity

Man United v Sheffield United could be a consequence of the two cities’ relative proximity

Manchester City's home match against Liverpool could be another switched to a neutral venue

Manchester City’s home match against Liverpool could be another switched to a neutral venue

A plan is now in place for the Premier League season to be concluded by July 25, with 92 games to be held in 39 days.

Premier League chief Richard Masters said in a statement on Thursday: He said: ‘We have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday, June 17. 

‘But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.

‘Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches. 

‘The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. 

‘It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.’ 


Ronald Koeman ‘in a stable condition’ after Holland and former Everton boss undergoes heart surgery 


Ronald Koeman ‘in a stable condition’ following heart surgery after Holland manager was rushed to hospital in Amsterdam

Holland Ronald Koeman is in a stable condition after undergoing heart surgery in Amsterdam on Sunday.

The 57-year-old was taken from his home by ambulance after feeling pain in his chest during a bike ride, his management company said in a statement.

He underwent a successful ‘heart catheterization’ and will return home Monday. 

Holland manager Ronald Koeman is in hospital after undergoing heart surgery on Sunday

Business manager Rob Jansen said: ‘We are shocked and wish him a good recovery’.

On Sunday evening the Dutch FA tweeted: ‘That is a shock. Fortunately things are going better again. Much strength and improvement, coach.’

Holland midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum tweeted: ‘Wishing you soon recovery coach.’

Morgan Schneiderlin, who played under Koeman at Southampton, also posted, saying: ‘Prayers are with you! Stay strong @RonaldKoeman.”  

The 57-year-old was taken from his home by ambulance after feeling pain in his chest

The 57-year-old was taken from his home by ambulance after feeling pain in his chest 

Koeman has been the Dutch coach for just over two years and helped the country to qualify for Euro 2020, which has been postponed to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The former international defender, who as a player won the European Cup with both PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona, managed Everton before he took charge of his native country’s national team.   


Ronald Koeman ‘in a stable condition’ after Holland and former Everton boss undergoes heart surgery 


Ronald Koeman ‘in a stable condition’ following heart surgery after Holland manager was rushed to hospital in Amsterdam

Holland Ronald Koeman is in a stable condition after undergoing heart surgery in Amsterdam on Sunday.

The 57-year-old was taken from his home by ambulance after feeling pain in his chest during a bike ride, his management company said in a statement.

He underwent a successful ‘heart catheterization’ and will return home Monday. 

Holland manager Ronald Koeman is in hospital after undergoing heart surgery on Sunday

Business manager Rob Jansen said: ‘We are shocked and wish him a good recovery’.

On Sunday evening the Dutch FA tweeted: ‘That is a shock. Fortunately things are going better again. Much strength and improvement, coach.’

Holland midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum tweeted: ‘Wishing you soon recovery coach.’

Morgan Schneiderlin, who played under Koeman at Southampton, also posted, saying: ‘Prayers are with you! Stay strong @RonaldKoeman.”  

The 57-year-old was taken from his home by ambulance after feeling pain in his chest

The 57-year-old was taken from his home by ambulance after feeling pain in his chest 

Koeman has been the Dutch coach for just over two years and helped the country to qualify for Euro 2020, which has been postponed to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The former international defender, who as a player won the European Cup with both PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona, managed Everton before he took charge of his native country’s national team.