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Coronavirus latest: Timeline of sport's response on Tuesday, March 31

Coronavirus latest: Timeline of sport's response on Tuesday, March 31
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Tottenham issue pay cuts and governing bodies come out in support of those struggling financially.

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The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continued on Tuesday as Tottenham became the latest Premier League club to cut wages for non-playing staff, and the Bundesliga postponement was prolonged.

Here, the PA news agency recaps the day’s biggest developments.

(All times are BST)

06.32am – Rugby Australia stands down 75 per cent of its workforce for the next three months, with significant salary reductions or reduced hours offered to remaining staff.

10.01am – Burnley become the latest Premier League club to open the doors of their stadium for use by the NHS and also pledge to give free tickets to NHS workers.

10.30am – Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy announces the club have given non-playing staff a 20 per cent pay cut for April and May.

James Haskell was scheduled to begin his MMA career in May.
James Haskell was scheduled to begin his MMA career in May (Lee Hamilton-Cooper/PA)

11.07am – Former England rugby union international James Haskell has his mixed martial arts debut put on hold as promoters Bellator cancel their London show on May 16.

12.17pm – Scottish Rugby Union announces Scotland coach Gregor Townsend and Murrayfield chief Mark Dodson have agreed to defer some of their salary in response to the coronavirus shutdown.

2.11pm – The DFL agrees to extend the suspension of Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga games until April 30, and announces it has begun to look at ways games could be played with the bare minimum number of people in attendance.

2.57pm – FIFA announces it is setting up a fund to assist competitions and players which have run into financial difficulty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

3.13pm – The Professional Darts Players Association announces financial support packages for those players worst affected by tournament cancellations.

4.30pm – The National League Board say that their three competitions, the National League, National League North and National League South have been suspended indefinitely.

6.00pm – The England and Wales Cricket Board announced a funding package worth £61million to support the professional and recreational game in a sweeping series of measures to help counties and clubs.

6.40pm – The Scottish Rugby Union declared the 2019/20 domestic season in Scotland null and void. The campaign had initially been suspended until March 31.

7.30pm – Norwich become the latest Premier League club to start furloughing staff. The Canaries, bottom of the top flight, said they will utilise the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme and then top up the money to ensure those impacted receive full salary.

9.00pm – Former French Open doubles champion and television commentator Patrick McEnroe, the younger brother of seven-times grand slam champion John, confirmed he has tested positive for coronavirus.

9.20pm The head of the global football players’ union Fifpro said it is “frankly not comprehensible” that football continued to be played in Belarus, with a full Premier League programme having taken place last weekend and more matches scheduled to take place on Friday in Minsk and Bobruisk.

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