Floyd Mayweather ‘offers to pay for funeral of George Floyd as he believes it’s right thing to do’


Floyd Mayweather ‘offers to pay for funeral of George Floyd as he believes it is the right thing to do’ – with four memorial services to be held in cities across the United States

  • The death of George Floyd last week has sparked mass protests worldwide
  • Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for his memorial services
  • Floyd’s family have reportedly accepted Mayweather’s generous offer 
  • Unarmed black man Floyd was killed in Minneapolis last week after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes 

Floyd Mayweather, widely considered the greatest boxer of all time, has reportedly offered to pay for the funeral of George Floyd. 

The death of Floyd last week in Minneapolis has sparked mass scenes of protest across the United States, worldwide and among famous faces in the sporting world. 

Now, TMZ is reporting that Mayweather Jr will fund the cost of four memorial services to be held in Floyd’s memory across the United States. 

Floyd Mayweather has reportedly offered to pay for George Floyd’s memorial services

Floyd's (pictured) death in Minneapolis last week has sparked mass protests worldwide

Floyd’s (pictured) death in Minneapolis last week has sparked mass protests worldwide

Derek Chauvin (pictured) has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after Floyd died after he held his knee on his neck for over eight minutes

Derek Chauvin (pictured) has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after Floyd died after he held his knee on his neck for over eight minutes

The 43-year-old will reportedly fund services in Houston, Minnesota, Charlotte and another location, which is yet to be determined. 

A new update is that Floyd’s family have accepted Mayweather’s proposal, with people close to the undefeated boxer telling TMZ: ‘He is just doing what he feels is right in his heart.’  

Unarmed black man Floyd was killed in Minneapolis last week after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

The shocking incident has sparked days of civil unrest in America and led to protests across the world by demonstrators angry about the brutal and disparate treatment of black people by the police, racism in society and demanding change.

It also comes following the deaths of two other black US citizens, Ahmaud Arbery in February and Breonna Taylor in March, which also caused outrage.

Liverpool’s players, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Lewis Hamilton joined the sporting world’s stand against racism by producing powerful displays of solidarity in the past few days. 

The Liverpool squad stopped training to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

The Liverpool squad stopped training to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

Jadon Sancho unveiled a 'Justice for George Floyd' message on his t-shirt at the weekend

Jadon Sancho unveiled a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message on his t-shirt at the weekend

The whole of Jurgen Klopp’s squad knelt around the centre circle on Monday at Anfield, with a number of players posting the photo on social media with the caption ‘Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter.’

Manchester United stars Rashford and Pogba also issued ‘Black Lives Matter’ statements 24 hours after an image of Jadon Sancho marking the first of his three goals for Borussia Dortmund on Sunday by revealing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ t-shirt went viral. 

Basketball icon Michael Jordan also spoke out along with F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who criticised his fellow drivers for initially failing to condemn Floyd’s killing.  

Basketball icon Jordan spoke out after Floyd, a black man, was shown on video gasping for breath as a white policeman knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, sparking nationwide riots

Basketball icon Jordan spoke out after Floyd, a black man, was shown on video gasping for breath as a white policeman knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, sparking nationwide riots

Lewis Hamilton hit out at the F1 community for staying silent on the topic of Floyd's death

Lewis Hamilton hit out at the F1 community for staying silent on the topic of Floyd’s death

F1 star Lewis Hamilton hits out at fellow drivers for ‘staying silent’ in George Floyd racism row


‘I know who you are and I see you’: F1 star Lewis Hamilton hits out at his fellow drivers for ‘staying silent’ during George Floyd racism row and insists he ‘stands alone’ in a ‘white dominated sport’ as violent protests erupt around the world

  • Lewis Hamilton has suffered from racist abuse during his sporting career
  • The Formula One driver criticised other F1 drivers for staying silent over racism
  • Protests are taking place this weekend over the George Floyd racism row
  • Mr Floyd was the subject of an attack by a white police officer in Minnesota 

Lewis Hamilton has hit out at the Formula One community over a lack of racial diversity amid the George Floyd protests this weekend. 

‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations are taking place around the world after Mr Floyd died having had a knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes while being detained by white police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday.

Hamilton, 35, who has been the subject of racist abuse during his F1 career, says he feels isolated in trying to combat racial discrimination in a sporting discipline he described as ‘white dominated’.

Lewis Hamilton has hit out at the F1 community for staying silent amid the George Floyd row

Protests have been taking place across the world as part of the Black Lives Matter movement

Protests have been taking place across the world as part of the Black Lives Matter movement

Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sporting discipline on Instagram

Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sporting discipline on Instagram

The six-time F1 champion posted on Instagram: ‘I see those of you staying silent, some of you the biggest stars yet you stay in the midst of injustice.

‘Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone. I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. 

‘Just know I know who you who you are (sic) and I see you.’

Protests in America have seen violent clashes with police, with dozens of American cities being set ablaze, with Mr Floyd’s death becoming a symbol for systemic police brutality against African-Americans.

Hamilton also called for several world leaders to educate their countries on racial principles

Hamilton also called for several world leaders to educate their countries on racial principles

Mr Floyd's death came after Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his head for eight minutes whilst restraining him for a non-violent crime

Mr Floyd’s death came after Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his head for eight minutes whilst restraining him for a non-violent crime

Mr Floyd's death on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week and has become a symbol for systemic police brutality against African Americans

Mr Floyd’s death on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week and has become a symbol for systemic police brutality against African Americans

Meanwhile, the UK and Europe has largely seen more peaceful protests so far. 

Chants of ‘I can’t breathe’ – the words Mr Floyd spoke whilst being restrained by Chauvin, 44 – were heard across London this weekend while protesters in Cardiff were holding placards which said, ‘The UK is not innocent.’ 

Hamilton admits that he does not support the violent protests but urged the need to resolve racial inequality on a global level. 

He added: ‘I do not stand with those looting and burning buildings but with those who are protesting peacefully. 

‘There can be no peace until our so called leaders make change. This is not just America, this is the UK, this is Spain, this is Italy and all over. 

‘The way minorities are treated has to change, how you educate those in your country of inequality, racism, classism and that we are all born the same!

Hamilton (pictured middle) says he stands alone as a black F1 driver in a white dominated sport

Hamilton (pictured middle) says he stands alone as a black F1 driver in a white dominated sport

‘We are not born with racism and hate in our hearts, it is taught by those we look up to.’

The 35-year-old, who is widely-regarded as one of Britain’s greatest ever sportsmen, has suffered from abuse due to the colour of his skin in the past.

His team manager at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, revealed the racist abuse he suffered as a small child still hurts today.

Wolff said last year: ‘When Lewis was younger, he was the only black kid among the white kids, and I know he was racially abused on the track.

The six-time F1 champion has suffered from racist abuse earlier in his sporting career

The six-time F1 champion has suffered from racist abuse earlier in his sporting career 

‘If, as a child, you have had to overcome abuse and discrimination, on one side it makes you a stronger personality but on the other side it also leaves scars.

‘Today, Lewis has a good and mature perspective, but the scars are certainly there.’

Hamilton has recently called sport governing bodies out for not administering harsh enough punishments on offenders of racist abuse.  

F1 star Lewis Hamilton hits out at fellow drivers for ‘staying silent’ in George Floyd racism row


‘I know who you are and I see you’: F1 star Lewis Hamilton hits out at his fellow drivers for ‘staying silent’ during George Floyd racism row and insists he ‘stands alone’ in a ‘white dominated sport’ as violent protests erupt around the world

  • Lewis Hamilton has suffered from racist abuse during his sporting career
  • The Formula One driver criticised other F1 drivers for staying silent over racism
  • Protests are taking place this weekend over the George Floyd racism row
  • Mr Floyd was the subject of an attack by a white police officer in Minnesota 

Lewis Hamilton has hit out at the Formula One community over a lack of racial diversity amid the George Floyd protests this weekend. 

‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations are taking place around the world after Mr Floyd died having had a knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes while being detained by white police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday.

Hamilton, 35, who has been the subject of racist abuse during his F1 career, says he feels isolated in trying to combat racial discrimination in a sporting discipline he described as ‘white dominated’.

Lewis Hamilton has hit out at the F1 community for staying silent amid the George Floyd row

Protests have been taking place across the world as part of the Black Lives Matter movement

Protests have been taking place across the world as part of the Black Lives Matter movement

Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sporting discipline on Instagram

Hamilton criticised the lack of racial diversity in his own sporting discipline on Instagram

The six-time F1 champion posted on Instagram: ‘I see those of you staying silent, some of you the biggest stars yet you stay in the midst of injustice.

‘Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone. I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. 

‘Just know I know who you who you are (sic) and I see you.’

Protests in America have seen violent clashes with police, with dozens of American cities being set ablaze, with Mr Floyd’s death becoming a symbol for systemic police brutality against African-Americans.

Hamilton also called for several world leaders to educate their countries on racial principles

Hamilton also called for several world leaders to educate their countries on racial principles

Mr Floyd's death came after Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his head for eight minutes whilst restraining him for a non-violent crime

Mr Floyd’s death came after Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his head for eight minutes whilst restraining him for a non-violent crime

Mr Floyd's death on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week and has become a symbol for systemic police brutality against African Americans

Mr Floyd’s death on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week and has become a symbol for systemic police brutality against African Americans

Meanwhile, the UK and Europe has largely seen more peaceful protests so far. 

Chants of ‘I can’t breathe’ – the words Mr Floyd spoke whilst being restrained by Chauvin, 44, – were heard across London this weekend while protesters in Cardiff were holding placards which said, ‘The UK is not innocent.’ 

Hamilton admits that he does not support the violent protests but urged the need to resolve racial inequality on a global level. 

He added: ‘I do not stand with those looting and burning buildings but with those who are protesting peacefully. 

‘There can be no peace until our so called leaders make change. This is not just America, this is the UK, this is Spain, this is Italy and all over. 

‘The way minorities are treated has to change, how you educate those in your country of inequality, racism, classism and that we are all born the same!

Hamilton (pictured middle) says he stands alone as a black F1 driver in a white dominated sport

Hamilton (pictured middle) says he stands alone as a black F1 driver in a white dominated sport

‘We are not born with racism and hate in our hearts, it is taught by those we look up to.’

The 35-year-old, who is widely-regarded as one of Britain’s greatest ever sportsmen, has suffered from abuse due to the colour of his skin in the past.

His team manager at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, revealed the racist abuse he suffered as a small child still hurts today.

Wolff said last year: ‘When Lewis was younger, he was the only black kid among the white kids, and I know he was racially abused on the track.

The six-time F1 champion (pictured) has suffered from racist abuse in his sporting career

The six-time F1 champion (pictured) has suffered from racist abuse in his sporting career 

‘If, as a child, you have had to overcome abuse and discrimination, on one side it makes you a stronger personality but on the other side it also leaves scars.

‘Today, Lewis has a good and mature perspective, but the scars are certainly there.’

Hamilton has recently called sport governing bodies out for not administering harsh enough punishments on offenders of racist abuse.  

Jadon Sancho is booked for taking his shirt off to display a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message


England star Jadon Sancho displays a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message after scoring for Borussia Dortmund – and is BOOKED as he joins the growing protests over police brutality against black men in US

  • Jadon Sancho was booked for showing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message 
  • The England player scored for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn on Sunday
  • Gladbach striker Marcus Thuram knelt down on one knee earlier in the day 
  • Protestors have been marching against police brutality on African-Americans 

Jadon Sancho was given a yellow card after revealing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ shirt while celebrating his goal for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn on Sunday.

The England international scored a hat-trick in Dortmund’s Bundesliga clash and took his shirt off after his first goal to reveal a message supporting the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

Referee Daniel Siebert then presented Sancho with a yellow card for taking his shirt off. 

Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho was booked for revealing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ shirt

The England winger scored Dortmund’s second goal during their match against Paderborn 

The 20-year-old scored two more in the game to complete his hat-trick but chose not to reveal his message again as it could have risked a sending off. 

Team-mate Achraf Hakimi also scored in the 6-1 win before revealing the same message regarding Mr Floyd’s death. 

Former England striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker appeared to endorse Sancho’s celebration, saying in an Instagram post: ‘The wonderfully talented @sanchooo10 scores for @bvb09 and has a message to share’.  

Sancho’s celebration comes just hours after Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram knelt down on one knee in support of the movement after scoring against Union Berlin. 

The 22-year-old striker is the son of former France international and World Cup winner Lillian Thuram, who has been an anti-racist activist and campaigner since his playing days at Monaco, Parma, Juventus and Barcelona. 

Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi also scored in the game and revealed the same message

Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi also scored in the game and revealed the same message

Gary Lineker appeared to endorse Sancho's celebration with an Instagram post

Gary Lineker appeared to endorse Sancho’s celebration with an Instagram post

Sancho netted two more goals later on in the game to earn a hat-trick during the 6-1 win

Sancho netted two more goals later on in the game to earn a hat-trick during the 6-1 win

Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach earlier in the day

Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach earlier in the day

Under law 4 of FIFA’s Laws of the Game, footballers should ‘not reveal undergarments that show political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images, or advertising other than the manufacturer’s logo.’

‘The team of a player whose basic compulsory equipment has political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images will be sanctioned by the competition organiser or by FIFA.’

The two celebrations come as activists across the world have been calling for ‘justice’ over the death of Floyd, who had a knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes while being detained by a white police officer, and eventually died on the scene in Minneapolis on Monday. 

Derek Chauvin (pictured) has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after My Floyd died after he held his knee on his neck for over eight minutes

Derek Chauvin (pictured) has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after My Floyd died after he held his knee on his neck for over eight minutes

Mr Floyd's murder in Minneapolis on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week

Mr Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week

Protestors marched in the UK calling for justice against police brutality on African-Americans

Protestors marched in the UK calling for justice against police brutality on African-Americans

Over the weekend, protestors have marched in the streets of major cities across the world, including London, Manchester and Cardiff, calling for justice over Floyd’s death at the hands of police brutality.

Police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after the death of Mr Floyd who begged for air while being arrested. 

Chants of ‘I can’t breathe’ – the words Mr Floyd spoke whilst being restrained by Chauvin – were heard across London this weekend while protesters in Cardiff were holding placards which said, ‘The UK is not innocent.’ 

Hundreds of demonstrators shouting 'I can't breathe' packed into Trafalgar Square on Sunday

 Hundreds of demonstrators shouting ‘I can’t breathe’ packed into Trafalgar Square on Sunday

Protesters congregated outside Cardiff Castle in Wales on Sunday to show solidarity

Protesters congregated outside Cardiff Castle in Wales on Sunday to show solidarity

Meanwhile, dozens of American cities have been set ablaze over the last week amid deadly clashes with police officers over Floyd’s death, which is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African-Americans.

Also in the world of football this weekend, Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie wore an armband showing his support for the ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message.



Jadon Sancho is booked for taking his shirt off to display a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message


England star Jadon Sancho displays a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message after scoring for Borussia Dortmund – and is BOOKED as he joins the growing protests over police brutality against black men in US

  • Jadon Sancho was booked for showing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message 
  • The England player scored for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn on Sunday
  • Gladbach striker Marcus Thuram knelt down on one knee earlier in the day 
  • Protestors have been marching against police brutality on African-Americans 

Jadon Sancho was given a yellow card after revealing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ shirt while celebrating his goal for Borussia Dortmund against Paderborn on Sunday.

The England international scored a hat-trick in Dortmund’s Bundesliga clash and took his shirt off after his first goal to reveal a message supporting the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

Referee Daniel Siebert then presented Sancho with a yellow card for taking his shirt off. 

Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho was booked for revealing a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ shirt

The England winger scored Dortmund’s second goal during their match against Paderborn 

The 20-year-old scored two more in the game to complete his hat-trick but chose not to reveal his message again as it could have risked a sending off. 

Team-mate Achraf Hakimi also scored in the 6-1 win before revealing the same message regarding Mr Floyd’s death. 

Former England striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker appeared to endorse Sancho’s celebration, saying in an Instagram post: ‘The wonderfully talented @sanchooo10 scores for @bvb09 and has a message to share’.  

Sancho’s celebration comes just hours after Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram knelt down on one knee in support of the movement after scoring against Union Berlin. 

The 22-year-old striker is the son of former France international and World Cup winner Lillian Thuram, who has been an anti-racist activist and campaigner since his playing days at Monaco, Parma, Juventus and Barcelona. 

Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi also scored in the game and revealed the same message

Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi also scored in the game and revealed the same message

Gary Lineker appeared to endorse Sancho's celebration with an Instagram post

Gary Lineker appeared to endorse Sancho’s celebration with an Instagram post

Sancho netted two more goals later on in the game to earn a hat-trick during the 6-1 win

Sancho netted two more goals later on in the game to earn a hat-trick during the 6-1 win

Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach earlier in the day

Marcus Thuram took a knee after scoring for Borussia Monchengladbach earlier in the day

Under law 4 of FIFA’s Laws of the Game, footballers should ‘not reveal undergarments that show political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images, or advertising other than the manufacturer’s logo.’

‘The team of a player whose basic compulsory equipment has political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images will be sanctioned by the competition organiser or by FIFA.’

The two celebrations come as activists across the world have been calling for ‘justice’ over the death of Floyd, who had a knee pressed into his neck for more than eight minutes while being detained by a white police officer, and eventually died on the scene in Minneapolis on Monday. 

Derek Chauvin (pictured) has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after My Floyd died after he held his knee on his neck for over eight minutes

Derek Chauvin (pictured) has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after My Floyd died after he held his knee on his neck for over eight minutes

Mr Floyd's murder in Minneapolis on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week

Mr Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis on Monday has sparked protests throughout the week

Protestors marched in the UK calling for justice against police brutality on African-Americans

Protestors marched in the UK calling for justice against police brutality on African-Americans

Over the weekend, protestors have marched in the streets of major cities across the world, including London, Manchester and Cardiff, calling for justice over Floyd’s death at the hands of police brutality.

Police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after the death of Mr Floyd who begged for air while being arrested. 

Chants of ‘I can’t breathe’ – the words Mr Floyd spoke whilst being restrained by Chauvin – were heard across London this weekend while protesters in Cardiff were holding placards which said, ‘The UK is not innocent.’ 

Hundreds of demonstrators shouting 'I can't breathe' packed into Trafalgar Square on Sunday

 Hundreds of demonstrators shouting ‘I can’t breathe’ packed into Trafalgar Square on Sunday

Protesters congregated outside Cardiff Castle in Wales on Sunday to show solidarity

Protesters congregated outside Cardiff Castle in Wales on Sunday to show solidarity

Meanwhile, dozens of American cities have been set ablaze over the last week amid deadly clashes with police officers over Floyd’s death, which is seen as a symbol of systemic police brutality against African-Americans.

Also in the world of football this weekend, Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie wore an armband showing his support for the ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message.



Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez becomes the latest Premier League star to be targeted by thieves


Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez becomes the latest Premier League star to be targeted by thieves as ‘he has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raid on his penthouse’

  • Man City winger Riyad Mahrez has had three luxury watches stolen from home
  • The £500,000 haul included a prized Richard Mille timepiece as well as cash
  • Thieves broke into Mahrez’s luxury block and got hold of a key fob to gain entry
  • The Algeria international lost a £40,000 Role Daytona and a Role Day Date 

Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez has had three luxury watches stolen during a £500,000 raid at his penthouse, according to The Sun.

The haul included a prized Richard Mille timepiece similar to one that knife thugs snatched from England star Dele Alli’s house two weeks ago.

Thieves broke into Mahrez’s luxury block and got hold of a key fob to gain access.

Riyad Mahrez has had three three luxury watches stolen during a £500,000 raid at his home

Mahrez posing with one of his watches that was stolen during the raid in Manchester

A £230,000 Richard Mille similar to what was stolen from Mahrez during the raid

The £500,000 haul included a prized Richard Mille timepiece (right) similar to one that knife thugs snatched from England star Dele Alli’s house two weeks ago

On top of the £230,000 Mille, the Man City star lost a £40,000 Rolex Daytona and a £35,000 Rolex Day Date.

The gang also stole more than £50,000 in cash, Cartier bracelets and rare football shirts worth up to £150,000. 

Milles cost up to £1.6million and are a favourite with the rich and top sports stars.

They are known for their precious stones and are made from the same material as space shuttles and F1 cars.

A Rolex Daytona worth £40,000 was also taken from the Manchester City winger's home

On top of that, thieves also snatched the star's prized Rolex Day Date worth £35,000

A Rolex Daytona (left) worth £40,000 and a Rolex Day Date (right) worth £35,000 was stolen

Ed Sheeran, Kanye West and Neymar all own different designs. 

Burglars carefully tracked Mahrez before sneaking into his Manchester City centre apartment.

A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said of the raid on Mahrez: ‘At around 5pm on Friday April 24, police were called to reports that four separate apartments had been burgled at a city centre block.’ 

Sportsmail has approached Manchester City for comment.

This comes after Alli was held at knifepoint and punched after robbers broke into his house earlier this month.

Raiders broke into Mahrez's luxury block and got hold of a key fob to gain access

Raiders broke into Mahrez’s luxury block and got hold of a key fob to gain access

As Sportsmail exclusively revealed, the Tottenham and England midfielder was thumped in the face during the ordeal but did not suffer serious injury.

Two males wearing balaclavas broke into the back of Alli’s north London property just after midnight on May 13 before threatening the Spurs star — who has been isolating with his brother Harry Hickford, their two partners and a long-term friend.

Alli’s team-mates Jan Vertonghan had his home robbed in March while he was playing for Spurs in Germany.

At the beginning of the year, Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho lost more than £500,000 of items in a burglary. 

Premier League star Mahrez, formerly of Leicester City, poses wearing a Mille watch

Premier League star Mahrez, formerly of Leicester City, poses wearing a Mille watch

Leicester City star Hamza Choudhury became the latest Premier League footballer to invest in guard dogs earlier this month to heighten security. 

Several footballers have now beefed up their security by using firm Chaperone K9 after Alli was robbed at knifepoint.

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish spent £25,000 on a Belgian Malinois and Choudhury has splashed out £50,000 on the same breed and a German Shepherd, according to The Sun.  

K9 have already supplied dogs to Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford as well as former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

The highly-trained dogs come from police and military backgrounds and cost between £10,000 and £25,000 each.   

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish spent £25,000 on this Belgian Malinois guard dog from K9

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish spent £25,000 on this Belgian Malinois guard dog from K9

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez becomes the latest Premier League star to be targeted by thieves


Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez becomes the latest Premier League star to be targeted by thieves as ‘he has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raid on his penthouse’

  • Man City winger Riyad Mahrez has had three luxury watches stolen from home
  • The £500,000 haul included a prized Richard Mille timepiece as well as cash
  • Thieves broke into Mahrez’s luxury block and got hold of a key fob to gain entry
  • The Algeria international lost a £40,000 Role Daytona and a Role Day Date 

Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez has had three luxury watches stolen during a £500,000 raid at his penthouse, according to The Sun.

The haul included a prized Richard Mille timepiece similar to one that knife thugs snatched from England star Dele Alli’s house two weeks ago.

Thieves broke into Mahrez’s luxury block and got hold of a key fob to gain access.

Riyad Mahrez has had three three luxury watches stolen during a £500,000 raid at his home

Mahrez posing with one of his watches that was stolen during the raid in Manchester

A £230,000 Richard Mille similar to what was stolen from Mahrez during the raid

The £500,000 haul included a prized Richard Mille timepiece (right) similar to one that knife thugs snatched from England star Dele Alli’s house two weeks ago

On top of the £230,000 Mille, the Man City star lost a £40,000 Rolex Daytona and a £35,000 Rolex Day Date.

The gang also stole more than £50,000 in cash, Cartier bracelets and rare football shirts worth up to £150,000. 

Milles cost up to £1.6million and are a favourite with the rich and top sports stars.

They are known for their precious stones and are made from the same material as space shuttles and F1 cars.

A Rolex Daytona worth £40,000 was also taken from the Manchester City winger's home

On top of that, thieves also snatched the star's prized Rolex Day Date worth £35,000

A Rolex Daytona (left) worth £40,000 and a Rolex Day Date (right) worth £35,000 was stolen

Ed Sheeran, Kanye West and Neymar all own different designs. 

Burglars carefully tracked Mahrez before sneaking into his Manchester City centre apartment.

A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said of the raid on Mahrez: ‘At around 5pm on Friday April 24, police were called to reports that four separate apartments had been burgled at a city centre block.’ 

Sportsmail has approached Manchester City for comment.

This comes after Alli was held at knifepoint and punched after robbers broke into his house earlier this month.

Raiders broke into Mahrez's luxury block and got hold of a key fob to gain access

Raiders broke into Mahrez’s luxury block and got hold of a key fob to gain access

As Sportsmail exclusively revealed, the Tottenham and England midfielder was thumped in the face during the ordeal but did not suffer serious injury.

Two males wearing balaclavas broke into the back of Alli’s north London property just after midnight on May 13 before threatening the Spurs star — who has been isolating with his brother Harry Hickford, their two partners and a long-term friend.

Alli’s team-mates Jan Vertonghan had his home robbed in March while he was playing for Spurs in Germany.

At the beginning of the year, Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho lost more than £500,000 of items in a burglary. 

Premier League star Mahrez, formerly of Leicester City, poses wearing a Mille watch

Premier League star Mahrez, formerly of Leicester City, poses wearing a Mille watch

Leicester City star Hamza Choudhury became the latest Premier League footballer to invest in guard dogs earlier this month to heighten security. 

Several footballers have now beefed up their security by using firm Chaperone K9 after Alli was robbed at knifepoint.

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish spent £25,000 on a Belgian Malinois and Choudhury has splashed out £50,000 on the same breed and a German Shepherd, according to The Sun.  

K9 have already supplied dogs to Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford as well as former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

The highly-trained dogs come from police and military backgrounds and cost between £10,000 and £25,000 each.   

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish spent £25,000 on this Belgian Malinois guard dog from K9

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish spent £25,000 on this Belgian Malinois guard dog from K9

Roger Federer tops Forbes’ Athletes Rich List for the first time


Roger Federer becomes first tennis player EVER to top Forbes’ Athletes Rich List after raking in yearly earnings worth £86m as 38-year-old edges out Lionel Messi, LeBron James and Tyson Fury

  • Forbes have released their list of the top-50 paid athletes in the world of sport
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and LeBron James all earn spots in the top 10
  • Tennis player Naomi Osaka is the highest ranked female, ranking in at No 29 
  • Her tennis counterpart Roger Federer tops the standings with $106.3m earnings 

Roger Federer has been crowned No 1 on Forbes’ Highest Paid Athletes list for the first time in his career. 

The Swiss tennis icon has held off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and LeBron James to take top spot with pre-tax earnings in 2020 of $106.3million (£85.9m).

Federer, who has won 20 Grand Slam titles to date which is the most of any male player in the tennis Open era, has amassed such a profile that he generated $100m (£80.7m) in endorsements alone.   

Roger Federer has been crowned as the highest earning athlete in the world by Forbes

Cristiano Ronaldo waived four months of his salary as part of the reductions due to the coronavirus pandemic

Lionel Messi has traded top spot for years with Ronaldo but Barcelona's squad accepted wage cuts of 70 oper cent back in March

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Lionel Messi (right) shared top spot in three of the last four years

Interestingly, Forbes’ research found that the top 100 highest-paid athletes earned a combined figure of $3.6billion in the last year.

While that is a staggering figure, it is nine per cent below what was reported in 2019 and represents the first decline in earnings since 2016.

The 38-year-old Swiss is just the ninth athlete to take top sport since it was first done in 1990. He is the first tennis player in those 30 years to finish No 1, too. 

Federer topping the pile is significant given that Ronaldo, who finished second, and Messi, who finished third, have traded the No 1 position in three of the last four years the list was compiled.  

British heavyweight Tyson Fury (left) had a lucrative year after beating Deontay Wilder (right)

British heavyweight Tyson Fury (left) had a lucrative year after beating Deontay Wilder (right)

Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton ranks 13th on the overall list, behind Fury

Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton ranks 13th on the overall list, behind Fury

But the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and major pay-cuts at both of their clubs, have seen their overall earnings take a hit, resulting in them conceding first place. 

Ronaldo and Messi combined for total pre-tax earnings of $209m (£169m) in the last 12 months, a $28m (£22.6m) drop from the year before. 

Messi announced in March that Barcelona’s players took a 70 per cent pay cut to help the club get through the pandemic. 

Ronaldo and his Juventus team-mates waived four months wages in a bid to do their part, a move which is believed to save the Italian champions €90m (£81m).  

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is the highest earning British athlete, according to the list, narrowly edging out Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, who ranks 13th, two places below Fury.

Fury has returned to the top of the sport of boxing and now holds one of the prestigious heavyweight belts having beaten Deontay Wilder, who ranks 20th on the list, in February by knockout to take the prize belt.

Anthony Joshua finished in 19th position having had yearly earnings of $47million (£38m)

 Anthony Joshua finished in 19th position having had yearly earnings of $47million (£38m) 

LeBron James leads the NBA players with the league the most represented in this Forbes list

LeBron James leads the NBA players with the league the most represented in this Forbes list

Fury’s breakdown shows $50m in winnings and salary with $7m of his pre-tax yearly earnings from endorsement deals. His total puts the heavyweight $3m ahead of Hamilton. 

In terms of other athletes from the UK and Ireland, Rory McIlroy (14th), Conor McGregor (16th) and Anthony Joshua (19th) all feature inside the top 20.   

No sport has more representatives on the list than the National Basketball League and LeBron, the face of the NBA, comes in at No 5 as the highest-ranked basketball star. The Los Angeles Lakers star is reported to have earned $60m in endorsements in the last 12 months on top of his $28.2m salary in California.    

While Federer took top sport in a landmark moment for tennis, Naomi Osaka is another boost for the sport as she was crowned as the highest-earning female athlete in the world. 

The Japanese WTA Tour player surpassed Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, raking in $37.4million (£30.1m) in prize money and endorsements over the last year. Osaka earned $1.4m (£1.1m) more than American great Williams who had topped the list for the last four years.

Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba earn spots inside the top 50 but the list is largely populated by individual sports or American sports such as the NBA and NFL (National Football League). 

Japan's Naomi Osaka made £30.7m in prize money and endorsements over the past 12 months

 Japan’s Naomi Osaka made £30.7m in prize money and endorsements over the past 12 months

Manchester United's Paul Pogba is one of only three players to earn spots inside the Top 50

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is one of only three players to earn spots inside the Top 50

Dominic Cummings is spotted at an Australian RUGBY MATCH – but it’s a cardboard cut-out


‘That’s got to be a breach of the travel restrictions!’: Dominic Cummings is spotted at an Australian RUGBY MATCH after a fan paid £12 to have his cardboard cut-out placed in the stands

  • Dominic Cummings has come under criticism for trips across the country
  • An enterprising fan in Australia paid for him to appear in the stands of a game
  • But it was just a cardboard cut-out that had been placed among other supporters
  • In the game, Sydney Roosters beat their rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs 28-12 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Dominic Cummings has been under fire for his travel plans in recent days – and he’s now popping up all over the globe.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser was criticised for making a 260-mile trip to Durham in April to see his parents while his wife had coronavirus symptoms, and has refused to apologise for doing so.

Durham police also confirmed on Thursday that his 60-mile round trip to Barnard Castle – he says to test his eyesight – might have been a minor breach of the lockdown rules. And now his face has appeared in the stands of a rugby league game being played in Australia on Friday morning – courtesy of a $22 (£12) purchase.

A cardboard cut-out of Dominic Cummings (circled) appeared in the stands at a rugby league game in Australia on Friday morning

The government advisor has come under criticism in recent days for his trip to Durham

The government advisor has come under criticism in recent days for his trip to Durham

It was played at an empty stadium, but fans could pay for their faces to appear in the stands

It was played at an empty stadium, but fans could pay for their faces to appear in the stands

As a camera panned across the ‘crowd’ during the first half-hour of the clash between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, viewers in the United Kingdom were taken aback to see the 48-year-old on the terraces.

Luckily for both Cummings and Johnson, though, it was only a cardboard cut-out. 

As part of a drive to improve the atmosphere while games are being played without fans in the stadium, a number of sports worldwide have allowed supporters to pay for themselves to appear – in the form of cut-outs – in their usual seats.

An enterprising Roosters fan clearly decided to have a laugh at Cummings’ expense, paying AUS$22 (£12) to have him among the other supporters.

The Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL clash was won easily by the Roosters

The Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL clash was won easily by the Roosters

Those watching enjoyed spotting him and reacted on social media. Jason Sinclair said: ‘$22 well spent whoever did that’.

Meanwhile, @toolittletimeto wrote: ‘Breached lockdown again! Love to see how they try and explain this necessary journey. Taking the p*** now.’

‘Dominic Cummings breaking lockdown rules again to attend the NRL,’ wrote @adamfadamf.

Another joked on Twitter: ‘One rule for them and another for us’. 

Cummings made a trip to Durham and a further visit to Barnard Castle during April

Cummings made a trip to Durham and a further visit to Barnard Castle during April

@dekkerUK weighed in: ‘Dominic Cummings is an absolute joke. First he goes for a country walk in Durham. Then he pops over to Aus to watch the rugby!’ 

Speaking earlier this week, Cummings insisted he did not regret any of his actions – despite the Labour party claiming he had ‘clearly broken the rules’.

He said: ‘I don’t think I am so different and that there is one rule for me and one rule for other people.’

He added: ‘I don’t regret what I did.’

In the match itself between Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Roosters came out on top, beating their rivals 28-12 in the NRL clash.

The result helped the Roosters leapfrog their opponents in the table as they moved up to eighth, while the Rabbitohs drop to 11th after three matches of the season.

Premier League agree to restart the season in THREE WEEKS


Premier League clubs have agreed to restart the season in just three weeks’ time in what is a huge breakthrough for their Project Restart plans. 

The Premier League have desperately been trying to finalise plans to get the season back underway again following its suspension at the beginning of March amid the coronavirus crisis.

June 20 has been lined up as the first full round of fixtures following the Premier League’s resumption although Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United are set to go ahead on Wednesday June 17. 

Manchester City vs Arsenal has been lined up for June 17 when the Premier League resumes

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United is also likely to be played on Wednesday, June 17

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United is also likely to be played on Wednesday, June 17 

Newcastle were pictured back in contact training on Thursday after getting the green light

Newcastle were pictured back in contact training on Thursday after getting the green light

POTENTIAL OPENING SET OF LEAGUE GAMES

JUNE 17

Manchester City vs Arsenal

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

JUNE 19/20/21/22  

Aston Villa vs Chelsea

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace

Brighton vs Arsenal

Everton vs Liverpool

Manchester City vs Burnley

Newcastle United vs Sheffield United

Norwich City vs Southampton

Tottenham vs Manchester United

Watford vs Leicester City

West Ham United vs Wolves 

These two matches are the ‘games in hand’ for these four clubs, which will take all 20 Premier League teams up to 29 fixtures for the season.  

Another game may be played on Friday June 19, with Sportsmail previously reporting that Tottenham vs Manchester United could be set for that slot, but the first full round of fixtures will start on Saturday June 20, with matches staggered across the weekend. 

In total, there are 92 matches remaining in the season.

The Premier League confirmed the news on Thursday evening following the conclusion of the league’s Shareholders’ meeting. 

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said in a statement: ‘Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June. 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.

‘We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019-20 season.’

Premier League Shareholders also approved a proposal that would see all 92 remaining matches broadcast live in the UK by the League’s existing broadcast partners: Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime. 

The planned kick-off times in the UK for live matches will also differ from the traditional times.  

Former England forward and BBC Match of the Day host Gary Lineker was among those who tweeted their delight at football’s return. 

But Arsenal fan Piers Morgan was more apprehensive that their first fixture back was against high-flying Manchester City.

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane expressed his joy, tweeting: ‘Football is back soon’ and a muscle emoji. 

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker tweeted his delight at the return of the Premier League

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker tweeted his delight at the return of the Premier League

Arsenal fan Piers Morgan tweeted his apprehension at their first game being against Man City

Arsenal fan Piers Morgan tweeted his apprehension at their first game being against Man City

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane couldn't hide his delight at football's return

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane couldn’t hide his delight at football’s return

Former England forward Michael Owen was also thrilled the Premier League was coming back

Former England forward Michael Owen was also thrilled the Premier League was coming back

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, meanwhile, expressed concerns that football’s return may allow the virus to spread, especially if supporters gather outside stadiums.

‘I am concerned about any action that could inadvertently lead to the virus spreading,’ Khan told LBC.

‘Let me make a confession. Even though I’m a south Londoner, I support Liverpool and that’s why a small part of my brain is keen for us to return. 

‘But actually the bigger part of my brain is saying safety is what matters.

‘We don’t want to inadvertently, for the best of intentions – all of us need cheering up, there’s nothing more joyous for sports fans than watching sport on TV, even without the crowds – but we need to make sure we don’t inadvertently give an opportunity to the virus to spread.

‘I know, human nature as it is, fans will turn up to see the coach arriving, to listen to the atmosphere – the players inside the stadium even though they’re not allowed in, to see the coach leaving, to buy t-shirts and scarves, police and councils need to enforce the rules. 

‘The overwhelming measures to social distancing are still there, the overwhelming measures to lockdown are still there. The key thing has got to be what is safe. 

‘We can’t have fans congregating around the stadiums. We don’t want Premier League clubs in London to have fans congregating… we’ve got Tottenham vs Arsenal coming up. It’s really important clubs work with police and others to make sure we get this right.’   

Mohamed Salah and his Liverpool team-mates are on the verge of wrapping up the league title

Mohamed Salah and his Liverpool team-mates are on the verge of wrapping up the league title

Clubs began training again last week, but were only allowed to work in groups of five

Clubs began training again last week, but were only allowed to work in groups of five

Liverpool are expected to win their first league championship in 30 years when the season resumes as they currently have a 25-point lead over second-placed City.

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

With that, the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League and a tight relegation battle will likely provide plenty of entertainment. 

Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth currently occupy the bottom three places in the table.  

The restart date leaves Premier League managers with just three weeks to get their squads ready for the eagerly-awaited kick-off. 

After the English top-flight was suspended in early March, it leaves clubs with plenty of work to do to get their squads as match-fit as possible following over three months away from the game. 

Clubs only returned to small group training again last week, in line with the Premier League’s return-to-training protocols and UK Government guidelines on social distancing.   

How the Premier League title race and battle for Europe was shaping up before the shutdown

How the Premier League title race and battle for Europe was shaping up before the shutdown

How the bottom six currently looks in the Premier League amid a fascinating relegation scrap

How the bottom six currently looks in the Premier League amid a fascinating relegation scrap

Premier League matches will be played behind closed doors when it finally resumes

Premier League matches will be played behind closed doors when it finally resumes 

Premier League stars were only allowed to work in groups of five as clubs look to keep training as safe as possible ahead of the top-flight’s resumption. 

But on Thursday morning, training looked a more familiar site as contact was allowed again between players after Phase Two of Project Restart was given the green light.

Newcastle were the first team to publish pictures of their first-team stars in contact training on Thursday. 

During a conference call on Tuesday, Premier League players gave the green light to return to contact training during a captains and PFA delegates chat — a step forward that was ratified on Wednesday.

But while some clubs plan to head straight into contact training from Thursday — with only four positive tests out of 1,008 in round three of testing — others will wait for two more rounds of clear results before moving into phase two of training.

One of the players who was found to have Covid-19 in the first round of tests — Watford defender Adrian Mariappa — is back in training, with his club sharing footage of him returning to action. 

Potential dates for the Premier League’s resumption had been going back and forth in recent times.

The Premier League were hoping to get the campaign up and running again on June 12 but that option was soon out the window due to the time needed to get players back up to match sharpness.