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Doncaster Racecourse and BHA hit out at claims trip to Leger fixture caused latest COVID spike in Wales

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THE BHA and Doncaster Racecourse have hit back at false claims that an alleged trip to the Leger meeting led to a spike in COVID cases.

Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething yesterday said a group from South Wales visited Doncaster on a social club trip last week.

Crowds attended Doncaster for Day 1 of the Leger meeting before the pilot event was called off

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Crowds attended Doncaster for Day 1 of the Leger meeting before the pilot event was called offCredit: Getty – Pool

But the racecourse and the BHA deny this trip even took place with the group instead heading to a number of pubs.

A lockdown has been put in place in the Rhondda Valleys area of Wales after an apparent major rise in cases.

But the BHA and Doncaster are furious this has been linked to the pilot event that took place at the track last week.

A spokesman for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said: “The BHA has been told by Public Health Wales (PHW) that a coach party from South Wales – now part of a COVID lockdown area in the Rhondda Cynon Taff – did not visit Doncaster Racecourse as reported.

“The BHA had been seeking further information about the case on behalf of Doncaster, which had not been contacted by public health officials as part of a Test & Trace process and had no knowledge of the supposed visit.

“PHW confirmed that no contact had been made with Doncaster Racecourse because the group had not attended the pilot event last Wednesday 9th September, the first day of the St Leger Festival.”

The racecourse also denied the claims and said they would contact Gething as a matter of urgency.

Gething had said: “There are a number of clusters in Rhondda Cynon Taf – two of which are significant.

“One is associated with a rugby club and pub in the lower Rhondda and the other with a club outing to the Doncaster races, which stopped off at a series of pubs on the way.”

A statement from Doncaster said: “We have received no contact from any organisation, including the NHS or the Welsh Government, to verify the attendance of any individuals at last week’s event for the purposes of track and trace.

“In addition, we do not have any ticket bookings for any groups from the South Wales area for Wednesday’s event.

“We will be contacting the Welsh Health Minister as a matter of urgency to clarify the situation.”

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Crystal Palace launch £25m bid for Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster including £37m buy back clause

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Crystal Palace have launched a £25 million bid for Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster as a host of Premier League clubs battle it out for his signature.

Palace’s bid is comprised of £19m plus £6m in add ons, while there is also a £37m buy-back clause as part of the deal. 

That would mean Liverpool have first refusal on Brewster if Palace decide to sell the striker in the future. 

Crystal Palace have emerged as the favourites to sign Rhian Brewster after making £25m bid

Crystal Palace have emerged as the favourites to sign Rhian Brewster after making £25m bid

Brewster is highly rated by Liverpool but the club can't offer him regular first team football

Brewster is highly rated by Liverpool but the club can’t offer him regular first team football

The striker missed a penalty during a rare appearance in Community Shield defeat to Arsenal

The striker missed a penalty during a rare appearance in Community Shield defeat to Arsenal

Brewster is in demand after scoring 11 goals in 22 appearances during a loan spell at Swansea City last season, which included several stunning strikes.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of Brewster’s talents but can’t promise him regular minutes with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah his first choice attacking trio.

Klopp handed the 20-year-old a rare substitute appearance in extra-time during the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal, but Brewster missed his penalty in the shoot-out.

That could now be his last appearance in a Reds shirt, with Liverpool accepting that his departure may offer the best solution for all parties.  

Brewster is in demand after scoring 11 goals in 22 games during a loan spell at Swansea

Brewster is in demand after scoring 11 goals in 22 games during a loan spell at Swansea

Klopp is an admirer of 20-year-old but may have to sell him to balance books after signings

Klopp is an admirer of 20-year-old but may have to sell him to balance books after signings

Klopp may also have to raise cash after the club spent £66m on Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota last week, with Brewster one of his most saleable assets.

The Reds have been frugal in the transfer market in recent summers prior to their recent outlay and will be wary of balancing the books as Premier League clubs continue to play behind closed doors.

 Liverpool will hope Palace’s opening offer will spark a bidding war between Premier League clubs, with Sheffield United also keen on the striker. 

Reports elsewhere have also credited up to four other top flight teams with an interest in Brewster, with Newcastle United and Brighton reportedly considering bids and Fulham harbouring hopes of a loan deal.

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Chelsea in talks with PSG over selling Tiemoue Bakayoko as Blues demand £32m transfer fee for midfield flop

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PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN have made contact with Chelsea about taking £40million flop Tiemoue Bakayoko off their hands.

The Blues are desperate to offload the French midfielder who has failed to make any impression since moving to Stamford Bridge three years ago.

Bakayoko isn't in Frank Lampard's plans

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Bakayoko isn’t in Frank Lampard’s plansCredit: Getty – Contributor

AC Milan have been trying to push through a deal for the 26-year-old but have failed to come up with a package to satisfy Chelsea.

And now PSG have declared an interest and have proposed taking Bakayoko on loan this season with the option of making it a permanent move next summer.

Chelsea value the midfielder at £32m – and are seeking a £4.6m loan fee with the remaining £27.4m to be paid as the full transfer fee.



Milan have said they have no problem with the loan figure, but say they are only prepared to pay a further £18.3m in a year to seal a permanent deal.

That is not acceptable to the Blues, who are looking to claw back more of the money they paid Monaco for his services in 2017.

But if PSG were to come up with a deal which goes anywhere close to their valuation, then the London club would be happy to do business before the window shuts on October 5.

Bakayoko initially arrived at Stamford Bridge to much fanfare, having helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title and Champions League semi-finals in 2017.

But he struggled to make an impact as Antonio Conte’s champions slumped to a disappointing fifth-placed finish.

Bakayoko represented AC Milan on loan in the 2018-19 season

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Bakayoko represented AC Milan on loan in the 2018-19 seasonCredit: AFP or licensors

The Frenchman did help the Blues to FA Cup glory that year as they beat Manchester United under the Wembley arch.

But that was his last competitive game for the club – although he did briefly resurface during pre-season in 2019.

Bakayoko has since represented AC Milan and AS Monaco while out on loan over the last two seasons.

Bakayoko helped Chelsea to FA Cup glory in 2018

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Bakayoko helped Chelsea to FA Cup glory in 2018Credit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun
Chelsea flop Bakayoko forgets his shirt number and mistakenly think he’s being subbed

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Dillian Whyte breaks down how he will beat Alexander Povetkin in blockbuster rematch fight after brutal KO loss

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DILLIAN WHYTE says he knows ‘exactly what to do’ to beat Alexander Povetkin in the November rematch.

The Brixton boxer was shocked to the core as he was knocked out cold by the Russian veteran on August 22.

Dillian Whyte gets his chance of revenge against Alexander Povetkin on November 21

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Dillian Whyte gets his chance of revenge against Alexander Povetkin on November 21
Dillian Whyte says he knows 'exactly' how to beat Alexander Povetkin in the rematch after he was KO'd in their first fight

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Dillian Whyte says he knows ‘exactly’ how to beat Alexander Povetkin in the rematch after he was KO’d in their first fightCredit: Mark Robinson Ltd

Whyte had earlier floored Povetkin twice and was comfortably ahead on the scorecards.

But the former WBA heavyweight champ delivered a brutal fifth-round uppercut that flattened Whyte to end the contest.

That saw Povetkin, 41, become only the second boxer to beat Whyte after Anthony Joshua stopped his big rival back in 2015.

The rematch will take place on November 21, and Whyte is in bullish mood as he plots his revenge.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the 32-year-old said: “It’s not a fight that I got a sustained beating for five rounds, or I was down on the scorecards or I was getting beat up or outclassed.

“It was one of those where I got caught with a punch, he set it up, used his experience and I got caught.

“Moving forward, it’s just correcting little technical things really. I had seven amateur fights and 29 pro fights, I am still learning and figuring things out, still adjusting to things.

“One of my strengths is I adjust to things in the fights as they go on, but this time I never had the chance to adjust. I got caught, and never had the chance to make the adjustment.

“Now we watch it back, re-evaluate, and I see the little adjustments I need to make. And to be honest, now I know exactly what I need to do.”

Sky Sports pundit and former boxing world champ Johnny Nelson believes the defeat could prove to be ‘a godsend’.

“I actually think it might be a good thing.

“Now, after being knocked out, other fighters will think that’s twice now at this level.

“That’s the same shot that he’s been knocked out with – I’ll have some of that.

“So that vulnerability makes him more enticing.

“I think for Dillian Whyte, him losing might actually be a godsend because when he was winning and winning and winning, people thought ‘nah, I don’t want any of that.’”

Dillian Whyte’s coach reveals incredible reaction to shock Povetkin KO that left him asking ‘What’s happened?’

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