EX-BRAZIL striker Ronaldo is back at home after being in intensive care at an Ibiza hospital. Ronaldo, 41, was diagnosed with influenza after being admitted on Friday and played down reports of pneumonia. He tweeted: ‘Thank you for the kind messages, and the doctors and nurses.’
Swelling coffers mean clubs not reliant on fan income
THE Premier League’s broadcast deal is so great that half the clubs would have made a pre-tax profit even if they played in empty grounds. BBC research has shown just how much the record £8.3billion of TV revenue has boosted the coffers of top-flight teams. So great are the figures that 11 clubs in the 2016-17 campaign — the first benefiting from the current broadcast deal — would have recorded pre-tax profits even with matchday incomes stripped away. Furthermore, matchday income represented less than 20p in every £1 that 18 Premier League clubs earned during that campaign. Dr Rob Wilson, a sport finance specialist at Sheffield Hallam University, said: ‘When you get a £120m payout from the Premier League for kicking a ball around, you can play in an empty stadium if you need to. ‘From a revenue generation perspective, clubs do not rely any more on matchday ticket income. ‘The revenue structures of those clubs are fairly well there to stay now.’
FA plan to ‘lead the way’ in equality and diversity
A THREE-year equality, diversity and inclusion plan is being introduced to ensure those running football reflect those playing it. The Pursuit of Progress plan is primarily focused aiming to increase the proportions of women and those from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background among coaching staff, leadership roles and the Football Association’s overall workforce. ‘We want to lead the way in equality, diversity and inclusion,’ said FA chairman Greg Clarke.
■ HEARTS have lost captain Christophe Berra (pictured) for six months with a torn hamstring. Manager Craig Levein said: ‘It’s obviously a very big blow.’