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German amateur team loses 37-0 after social distancing during a match

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If there is one area in life that social distancing is a problem it is in football and that proved to be the case for an amateur German football team last weekend.

Ripdorf, who play in the 11th tier of German football, were thrashed 37-0 after they played whilst social distancing following fears they could contract coronavirus from their opponents.

Ripdorf played SV Holdenstedt II last weekend but the match was thrown into doubt by allegations that a Holdenstedt player had been in contact with someone infected with Covid-19.

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An amateur German team were thrashed 37-0 after they played whilst social distancing following fears they could contract coronavirus from their opponents

There was very little resistance from the defence as they kept their distance from the attackers

There was very little resistance from the defence as they kept their distance from the attackers

There was very little resistance from the defence as they kept their distance from the attackers

Holdenstedt's attackers breezed through on goal and slammed the ball into the back of the net

Holdenstedt's attackers breezed through on goal and slammed the ball into the back of the net

Holdenstedt’s attackers breezed through on goal and slammed the ball into the back of the net

Ripdorf president Patrik Ristow had made the claim that an opponent could have caught the killer disease during Holdenstedt’s previous game against Eddelstorf. 

The Holdenstedt squad later tested negative for coronavirus but Ripdorf were not satisfied with those results because the standard 14 day isolation period had not been completed.

In a bid to get the game called off, Ripdorf pleaded with the local football authorities but their attempts were rejected.

Remarkably, Holdenstedt’s first team were allowed to postpone their clash but the reserves were not given the choice and Ripdorf had to either play or face a €200 (£180) fine.

They chose to play, only naming seven players in their team because other players refused, but ensured they maintained a two metre distance to their opponents throughout the 90 minutes.

That inevitably allowed Holdenstedt to run riot and score 37 unanswered goals.  

Top-flight football in Germany returns on Friday night when Bayern Munich host Schalke

Top-flight football in Germany returns on Friday night when Bayern Munich host Schalke

Top-flight football in Germany returns on Friday night when Bayern Munich host Schalke

‘We are thankful those seven players volunteered, otherwise the club would have faced a €200 fine for abandoning the match,’ Ristow told ESPN.

‘That’s a lot of money for us, especially amid the pandemic.

‘When the game kicked off, one of our players passed the ball to the opponent and our team walked to the sidelines. Holdenstedt scored, but the referee booked our captain for unsportsmanlike conduct.

‘The Holdenstedt players did not understand. But we did not want to risk anything. For the rest of the match, our players returned to the field but they only stood on the pitch.

‘They did not go into direct duels and observed the social distancing rules, keeping two metres between them and Holdenstedt players.’

Germany has so far had more than 250,000 cases of coronavirus and just under 10,000 deaths.

There will be no social distancing needed when the Bundesliga starts again on Friday night with the top-flight’s rigorous testing programme back up and running to ensure the season runs smoothly. 

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy arrives at club’s Enfield base to seal Gareth Bale’s return

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was pictured arriving bright and early at Tottenham’s Enfield training base on Friday as he looks to conclude Gareth Bale‘s return to the club. 

As Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Wednesday, the formalities of a season-long loan deal worth £13million in wages has been finalised with an announcement expected imminently. 

Bale is due to fly to London on Friday following some final medical checks in Madrid having already said goodbye to his team-mates at Real’s Valdebebas training facility on Thursday.  

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was seen biting his nails as he arrived for work on Friday

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was seen biting his nails as he arrived for work on Friday

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was seen biting his nails as he arrived for work on Friday

He was temperature tested by security staff at the Enfield base as part of added precautions

He was temperature tested by security staff at the Enfield base as part of added precautions

He was temperature tested by security staff at the Enfield base as part of added precautions

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Levy is looking to put the finishing touches to a loan deal bringing Gareth Bale back to the club 

Levy was temperature tested by security staff on his arrival as part of ongoing protocol amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

It is believed Levy sorted a large portion of the deal on Tuesday with Jose Mourinho a driving force in helping move it along following their opening day defeat to Everton in the Premier League. 

A few minor formalities were completed on Thursday and all that is left is for Bale to arrive back in north London and sign.

Bale became a fan favourite at Spurs where he scored 56 goals and provided 58 assists

Bale became a fan favourite at Spurs where he scored 56 goals and provided 58 assists

Bale became a fan favourite at Spurs where he scored 56 goals and provided 58 assists

Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of Bale and has tried to sign him multiple times

Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of Bale and has tried to sign him multiple times

Mourinho has been a long-term admirer of Bale and has tried to sign him multiple times

Even with the deal close to completion, Mourinho refused to be drawn into public comment on the Bale move after Thursday night’s 2-1 Europa League victory against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria.

‘I can’t comment,’ he said. ‘I don’t comment on something that I don’t know. For me, at this moment, until Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player I still think and respect the fact that he is a Real Madrid player. I am not going to comment on a Real Madrid player.’  

Bale became a fan favourite at Spurs where he scored 56 goals and provided 58 assists in 203 appearances.

In 2012-13 he was crowned Tottenham’s Player of the Year and also claimed the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season award. 

He was the Premier League’s most impressive player and Real Madrid were aggressive in the transfer market in bringing him in to partner Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

Relations soured between Bale and Zinedine Zidane and he almost left for China last summer

Relations soured between Bale and Zinedine Zidane and he almost left for China last summer

Relations soured between Bale and Zinedine Zidane and he almost left for China last summer

Gareth Bale was filmed arriving at Real Madrid's training ground on Thursday morning

Gareth Bale was filmed arriving at Real Madrid's training ground on Thursday morning

Gareth Bale was filmed arriving at Real Madrid’s training ground on Thursday morning

The Welshman has won four Champions League titles since making the move to Spain but has found life tough under Zinedine Zidane. 

The French boss has struggled to take to Bale and has largely kept him out of the side since returning for his second spell in charge. 

Bale saw a move to the Chinese Super League collapse last summer but having played such a peripheral role in their title win last season, both the club and the player have concluded it is best for him to move, at least temporarily, elsewhere to return to his best.  

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Sir Alex Ferguson picked O’Leary, Curbishley and O’Neil as his Man United successors back in 2000

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Celtic owner Dermot Desmond has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson would have picked David O’Leary, Alan Curbishley or Martin O’Neil as his replacement had he needed to in 2000.

The trio were all in charge of Premier League sides at the turn of the century, with Arsenal legend O’Leary the boss of Leeds United, Curbishley leading Charlton and O’Neil managing Leicester.  

In an interview with The Athletic, Desmond revealed he offered to double Manchester United legend Ferguson’s salary at the Scottish giants in 1997, but his desire to win the Champions League – which occurred two years later – saw him stay at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) chose three names to replace him at Manchester United in 2000

Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) chose three names to replace him at Manchester United in 2000

Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) chose three names to replace him at Manchester United in 2000

Arsenal legend David O'Leary was on the list and was the boss of Leeds United at the time

Arsenal legend David O'Leary was on the list and was the boss of Leeds United at the time

Arsenal legend David O’Leary was on the list and was the boss of Leeds United at the time

Desmond then went back a few years later to ask who he would pick as his Old Trafford replacement, which helped Celtic eventually secure former Aston Villa boss O’Neil’s signing following Ferguson’s intervention.

‘In 2000, I went back and asked him if he was to pick his replacement at that time who would it be. He said there were three people: Dave O’Leary, Alan Curbishley and Martin O’Neill. I said the one I’m interested in is Martin O’Neill,’ Desmond said.

‘I had previously asked a prominent broadcaster if Martin would be interested in the job and I got a response in the negative. 

‘I then asked Alex if he would speak with Martin, to see if he would meet with me, and the response was that he would be very interested in meeting. 

Former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley was also on Ferguson's list of potential successors

Former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley was also on Ferguson's list of potential successors

Former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley was also on Ferguson’s list of potential successors

He also suggested former Leicester boss Martin O'Neil who went on to sign for Celtic

He also suggested former Leicester boss Martin O'Neil who went on to sign for Celtic

He also suggested former Leicester boss Martin O’Neil who went on to sign for Celtic

‘So I met Martin for dinner and we got on very well. I introduced him to Pat and Brian and they also felt he was a remarkable individual, so we hired Martin.’ 

The comments come as a precursor for the eventual succession plan put in Ferguson, who helped David Moyes secure the post in 2013.

Ferguson chose Moyes as his successor at Old Trafford but his fellow Scot lasted  just 10 months before he was axed by the club, with the then Premier League champions languishing in seventh spot and out of European contention,

Speaking earlier this year, Moyes – now in charge of West Ham – compared his ill-fated reign at United to that of current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s, claiming the only difference is that the Norwegian has been shown more patience and backing. 

Ferguson also created his succession plan 13 years later when he picked David Moyes

Ferguson also created his succession plan 13 years later when he picked David Moyes

Ferguson also created his succession plan 13 years later when he picked David Moyes 

Celtic owner Dermot Desmond offered to double Ferguson's wages at Celtic in 1997

Celtic owner Dermot Desmond offered to double Ferguson's wages at Celtic in 1997

Celtic owner Dermot Desmond offered to double Ferguson’s wages at Celtic in 1997

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Reg Harrison dead at 97: Derby legend who was oldest living FA Cup winner passes away surrounded by family

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DERBY legend Reg Harrison has passed away at the age of 97.

The former winger was the oldest living FA Cup winner, lifting the trophy in 1946.

He spent 11 years with the Rams between 1944 and 1955 before ending his playing career with Boston United and Long Eaton United.

As reported by The Times, Harrison died at around 9pm last night surrounded by family in the bungalow he lived in for 54 years.

Harrison scored 59 goals in 281 appearances for Derby, the club he joined aged 16.

But his greatest day in football came aged 22 as he helped Stuart McMillan’s side to a 4-1 win over Charlton at Wembley.

After hanging up his boots, Harrison had a brief managerial career but then focused on setting up centres for young people in his hometown.

In February 2019, he was awarded Freedom of the City for services to the community by Derby City Council.

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