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Soccer players eager to restart contact training, says Palace’s Townsend

first_imgCrystal Palace winger Andros Townsend says players are “desperate” to return to contact training and that he is encouraged by the results of the Premier League’s testing regime for the new coronavirus.The second round of testing returned two positives — with Bournemouth saying one of their players was now self-isolating — as the government issued guidance on the next step for athletes to resume close-contact training.”We’re desperate to get back to normality and contact training,” Townsend told Sky Sports. “At the start of the week you’re worried about being near other players but as the days go on, you get more and more comfortable with each positive test. “If it was two people from the same club (who had tested positive) you’d start to ask questions about how it had spread around the training ground.”But the fact it’s at two different clubs and they’ve kept it from spreading shows that we’re in the safest workplace in the country and it gives us confidence to move on to the next phase of testing.”Premier League players have returned to non-contact training in small groups with their clubs and ‘Stage Two’ of the government’s guidance will allow close quarters coaching and tackling in team sports.”We’re training in groups of eight so there’s 16 players from the squad I just haven’t seen,” Townsend added.”Hopefully with each successful round of testing we can get a few more players back into training and some time next week we can move on to phase two.”Topics :last_img read more

GVC may face battle to pass pay deals at AGM

first_img FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 The Board at GVC may face a battle to pass two resolutions at its AGM next week regarding executive pay after shareholders were advised to vote against the proposals.GVC, which operates the betting brands Ladbrokes, Coral & bwin, intends to award CEO Kenny Alexander and chairman Larry Feldman huge share option packages, worth £45m and £22.5m respectively since 2016.While the figures make eye-bulging reading (they have been criticised for being 550 times the average wage of the company) it is because the company has been doing so well that the amounts have inflated to the size they are today.The remuneration scheme is linked to the firm’s share price, which hit an all-time high of £10.26 recently, as the company has grown massively under Alexander’s stewardship, not least thanks to the £3.2bn deal he brokered for the Ladbrokes Coral Group.According to The Guardian, shareholder advice bodies Pirc and Glass Lewis are advising investors to vote against the pay report at the company’s annual meeting in Gibraltar on 6 June.Last year Bet365 CEO Denise Coates became the best paid boss in the UK with a pay package of over £200m. Share Sharelast_img read more