SPORTS AGENDA: Relaxed restrictions allow Premier League clubs to host 30 drivers and guests


While fans will have to wait until the last two games of the season to return to Premier League games in limited numbers, the same cannot be said of the directors.

Clubs were told last week that restrictions around director’s boxes have been relaxed, meaning that from last weekend’s matches until May 16, home teams will be allowed 20 directors and guests per match and 10 for the away team.

For the last two games after May 17, and subject to no changes to the government roadmap, no restrictions are expected that will no doubt please many who have missed a free lunch and the best seats.

Clubs have also been told that after May 17, they will have to allocate 25 pairs of general admission tickets for the use of Premier League central sponsors.

Premier League clubs can now host 20 drivers and guests until the end of the season

Demoted parties are kicked out of the WhatsApp group

At the start of the season, Premier League press officers set up a WhatsApp group to improve communication between the media departments of each club.

However, no thought was given to what would happen to the three clubs that were relegated, and whether they would be dumped from the group. Perhaps the best course of action is to take the lead from the similar group for club secretaries, where an agreement was reached to keep last year’s doomed trio of Norwich City, Watford and Bournemouth – at least for the duration of their parachute payments.

The relegated Sheffield United is thrown from the WhatsApp group of the Premier League

The relegated Sheffield United is thrown from the WhatsApp group of the Premier League

BBC firings revealed …

BBC Sport, that bastion of cage fights, televised computer games and hilarious banter, would make two Olympic correspondents – Nick Hope and David McDaid – obsolete after the Games. The move will no doubt free up more resources to be wasted on childish nonsense.

UEFA is not such an ordinary decision

Ahead of UEFA’s 45th Regular Congress, eyebrows have been raised over the decision to keep it personal in Montreux, Switzerland, despite the need for cross-border travel during the pandemic.

Congress comes after the shocking announcement about media accreditation for this summer’s European Championship.

Only two journalists per outlet are allowed to cover matches in a move that didn’t go well, to say the least.

UEFA confirmed that only two reporters per outlet can cover the matches at the European Championship

UEFA confirmed that only two reporters per outlet can cover the matches at the European Championship

Unsurprisingly, there will be no media access to the Congress – to be streamed live – which begs the question of why the same cannot be true for attendees.

UEFA insiders say the venue will have more than 1,000 seats and fewer than 150 will be in attendance, adding that all attendees will be tested before and after the event. Delegates are only allowed to leave the hotel to walk to the conference.

Reporters must report their whereabouts

Reporters have been told to provide a 14-day plan for where they plan to be in the Olympics ahead of the Games. The move may mean that unexpected successes struggle to attract the coverage they would have enjoyed in normal, more flexible times.

Bolton’s newest Crown Court

Some may joke that Bolton’s University of Bolton Stadium has seen its fair share of ne’er-do-wells in recent times, so perhaps it is fitting that the venue is now being used as a ‘Nightingale’ Crown Court, to help catch up. light up. of cases

The Bolton Wanderers stadium is used as a crown court to help with backlog of cases

The Bolton Wanderers stadium is used as a crown court to help with backlog of cases

Tonge stood out

Last week, Sportsmail released a report on the rise of professional signature hunters and the troubling effort they are making during the pandemic to gain access to players.

It sparked a humorous response from former Manchester United and Exeter City man Alan Tonge.

“Someone stopped me and once asked for an autograph,” recalled Tonge, now a teacher. Outside of Old Trafford. Absolutely wonderful. The next thing I knew was that I received a letter in the mail thanking myself for backing up a loan. ‘

Warner and Alexander

An interesting development at UK Athletics (UKA), where former Chairman Ed Warner has been appointed to the Members’ Council together with Cherry Alexander, the ex-event director who left last year.

The move could increase the prospect of political infighting, which wouldn’t be good in an Olympic year. Warner retired in 2017 after being at the helm for 11 years.

Last month, senior elements of UKA were accused by representatives of the sport’s grassroots leagues of “serious shortcomings in governance.”

The Super League leaves UEFA in the red

UEFA has been ‘baffled, frustrated and enraged’ by Sunday’s news that six of the English clubs and 12 from Europe in total have signed up for an escaping Super League.

Given that the European Club Association (ECA) agreed on Friday to push through the Champions League reforms, 48 ​​hours later Ed Woodward at Manchester United and Ivan Gazidis at AC Milan, who are part of the ECA, joined to involve. in this, to put it lightly, did not fall well at all, ‘an insider added.

Ed Woodward was involved in Manchester United's decision to sign up for the Super League

Ed Woodward was involved in Manchester United’s decision to sign up for the Super League

Derry’s documentary has it all

Not many football documentaries feature bomb threats, civil rights movements and a burnt-out team bus. But all three and more are part of Different League: The Derry City Story, which airs Monday at 9pm on BBC Two.

The film charts the extraordinary journey of a community that found refuge from the violence that ravaged Northern Ireland – and the rebirth of a club that was banned and declared bankrupt, which would move games from Northern Ireland to the Republic. and then would choose. a historic 1989 domestic treble in the League of Ireland, and finally a plum match in the European Cup against Sven Goran Eriksson’s Benfica.