Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Fans will be allowed back into stadiums in the UK as part of Boris Johnson’s Government’s roadmap to ease COVID 19 restrictions.

Up to 10 thousand supporters will be allowed in to grounds on May 17th, with the Premier League season to finish on May 23rd.

It’s intended that all lockdown restrictions will be lifted in the UK on June 21st.

Crystal Palace moved ten points clear of the Premier League relegation zone last night courtesy of a smash-and-grab win at Brighton.

A Christian Benteke volley five-minutes into injury time gave Roy Hodgson’s side a 2-1 win at the AMEX Stadium.

The Belgian’s goal was only Palace’s second shot on target.

Brighton stay four points off the bottom three.

Eagles boss Hodgson was pleased

Two out-of-form sides meet in the Premier League this evening.

Leeds United have lost each of their last two outings ahead of the visit of Southampton to Elland Road.

Kick off is at 6pm.

Thomas Tuchel takes charge of his first European game with Chelsea tonight.

The first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid is being played in the neutral venue of Bucharest.

That match kicks off at 8, as does reigning champions Bayern Munich’s game away to Lazio.

RUGBY

The French Rugby Federation insist they will not be asking to postpone Sunday’s Six Nations game with Scotland.

Eleven players and four members of their coaching team have tested positive for coronavirus.

A further round of testing is due to take place today.

Six Nations organisers say they’ll make a decision regarding the fixture tomorrow.

But French rugby vice-president Serge Simon is adamant the game will go ahead as planned.

SNOOKER

After the high of his Welsh Open victory on Sunday, Jordan Brown returns to action today.

The ‘Antrim Ferrari’ faces John Higgins in the first round of the Players’ Championship in Milton Keynes.

Brown and Higgins help get the evening session underway at 7.