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Stuart Broad insists it would be ‘wrong’ for England’s top cricketers not to take pay cut

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Stuart Broad has no qualms about England’s leading cricketers taking a pay cut, claiming it would be ‘wrong’ if they did not take their share of the game’s financial hardship.

Broad, fresh from becoming just the second Englishman in history to reach 500 Test wickets over the summer, was among the elite band of players awarded central contracts by the England and Wales Cricket Board last week.

The precise terms of those deals are still being negotiated but director of cricket Ashley Giles has strongly suggested that the previous retainers – upwards of £650,000 for Test players and around £275,000 for limited-overs specialists – would have to be reduced considering estimated losses of £100million due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Stuart Broad insists he has no qualms about England's leading cricketers taking a pay cut

Stuart Broad insists he has no qualms about England's leading cricketers taking a pay cut

Stuart Broad insists he has no qualms about England’s leading cricketers taking a pay cut

The ECB is due to make a raft of redundancies as it looks to reduce outgoings and Broad understands that on-field salaries cannot remain unaffected.

‘With the ECB having to potentially lose 60-odd staff, it would be wrong that the players stay on a similar pay, I think we do need to make pay cuts,’ said Broad, who was named men’s Test player of the year at the NatWest Cricket Awards.

‘I’ve not heard any official sort of numbers, but the players are very open to that sort of thing.

ECB director of cricket Ashley Giles suggested retainers for key players will have to be reduced

ECB director of cricket Ashley Giles suggested retainers for key players will have to be reduced

ECB director of cricket Ashley Giles suggested retainers for key players will have to be reduced

‘We made a £500,000 donation at the start of lockdown, which the ECB were hugely appreciative of, and I don’t think you’ll be getting any players complaining about taking more cuts because it’s in line with the world isn’t it?

‘It would be a really average feeling to have if we were not making sacrifices like the rest of the world so I don’t think you’ll get too many people complaining of whatever comes our way.

‘We’re just lucky and fortunate that we got some cricket in this summer because if we hadn’t, the whole game would have looked a complete mess. The players are fully aware of our responsibilities and will be very open to anything the ECB offer.’

Broad was among the elite group of players awarded central contracts by the ECB last week

Broad was among the elite group of players awarded central contracts by the ECB last week

Broad was among the elite group of players awarded central contracts by the ECB last week

England do not yet know where or when they will next take the field, with tours to South Africa, Sri Lanka and India all in their initial winter schedule but with logistics uncertain.

Broad is ready and willing to travel, but is keen for the same level of safety as the ECB was able to provide to touring teams over the past few months.

‘Personally I would be happy to go to anywhere as long as it was a bio-secure, safe environment to play some cricket because it gave everyone a boost this summer,’ he said.

The England talisman is also keen for a high level of safety to be ensured should the team travel

The England talisman is also keen for a high level of safety to be ensured should the team travel

The England talisman is also keen for a high level of safety to be ensured should the team travel

‘It has felt very secure. I don’t see a reason why we can’t do these bio-secure bubbles all around the world to get cricket on the screens.

‘I know at the ECB (chief executive) Tom Harrison and (director of cricket) Ashley Giles would never do anything to put the players or support staff in harm’s way.

‘So if we got the go-ahead from the ECB, which I hope we do because I’m desperate to play some cricket this winter, I’m sure the players would be fully supportive of that.’

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Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘a millimetre’ away from Arsenal transfer as Wenger reveals failed deal still ‘makes him sweat’

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CRISTIANO RONALDO was really close to making a move to Arsenal – and former boss Arsene Wenger says its failure to materialise still haunts him

In an interview with magazine FourFourTwo to be released in November, Wenger claims that he nearly completed the signing of the Portugese ace when Thierry Henry was still at the club, and the thought of them playing together still makes him sweat.

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He said: “When I had Thierry, I could have signed (Cristiano) Ronaldo.

“Can you imagine what they could have done together?

“That makes you sweat a little bit, and I was very close to doing it. I thought it was all done.”

When probed on how close it was to happening he held his index finger and thumb within a millimetre of each other and said: “It was that close.”

The Gunners had even got Ronaldo a shirt and welcomed his mother to the stadium.

Wenger exclaimed: “He had the shirt of Arsenal – I had lunch with him and his mother at the training ground!”

But just when the transfer seemed to be a formality, Wenger’s adversary, former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and his newly-appointed assistant swooped in and stole Ronaldo from Arsenal.

The ex-Gunners boss recalled the moment it happened and revealed that United financially out-muscled them from the deal.

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He said: “We had an agreement with Sporting and Man United took Carlos Queiroz as assistant coach, and they just outbid us quickly and took Ronaldo.

“But we had an agreement basically.”

Ronaldo’s star rose meteorically at United and he helped them win three Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup.

His impressive performances caught the eyes of Madrid who signed him for £80million in 2009.

He became known as arguably the best player in the world while in Spain, and was regularly pitted against rival Lionel Messi for the coveted title.

Ronaldo then went on to join Juventus and represented his national team Portugal throughout his career.

His list of achievements are endless and he has won five Champions League titles and been named Ballon d’Or winner five times, as well as winning four Club World Cups and domestic titles in England, Spain and Italy.

The 35-year-old has scored 641 career goals at club level plus another 101 on the international stage as Portugal’s all-time leading goalscorer.

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David Coote DROPPED from referee role for first time this season after gaffe in Pickford’s horror tackle on Van Dijk

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PREMIER LEAGUE official David Coote has been dropped from referee and VAR duties this weekend after his blunder in the Merseyside derby.

Coote failed to check whether Jordan Pickford’s season-ending tackle on Virgil van Dijk should have been a red card in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.

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Coote failed to check if Jordan Pickford should have been sent off for his horror tackle on Virgil Van DijkCredit: PA:Press Association

And he has now been given the boot for the first time this season.

Coote will be on fourth official duties instead where he will be on the touchline for Manchester City’s visit to West Ham.

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3pm Arsenal news LIVE: Ozil AXED from Gunners squad, Joelson Fernandes £17m transfer bid, Aubameyang blasts critics

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MESUT OZIL has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad in an incredible fall from grace for the playmaker.

Meanwhile the Gunners reportedly made a £17m transfer bid for Sporting striker Joelson Fernandes, 17, in the summer window.

Follow all the latest Arsenal transfer gossip, news and updates below…

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