Wimbledon chief hits back at Gary Neville and Manchester mayor Andy Burnham

Wimbledon chief hits back at Gary Neville and Manchester mayor Andy Burnham

Wimbledon chief hits back at Gary Neville and Manchester mayor Andy Burnham

Wimbledon chief has told Gary Neville he is wrong to claim tennis has been given special treatment because it is a posh sport. The Government announced on Monday that The Championships will have 50% capacity from the start on June 28 – and a full Centre Court for finals weekend.

Neville took to Twitter to complain: “Can’t dance at a wedding but can stuff strawberries and champagne down your neck at The All England Club packed with tens of thousands crammed like sardines in a tin.”

And Manchester mayor Andy Burnham added: “One rule for tennis, another for everyone else.”

But Wimbledon chief executive Sally Bolton, the first woman in the role who used to run Wigan rugby league club, said: “I wouldn’t really comment on what his views are – that is a conversation you will have to have with him.

“The reason we are able to have an increased number of spectators at the Championships is that we are part of the event research programme and to that extent we are helping to support the Government and the sector to understand how we can increase fans as we work our way out of the pandemic.

“We are really pleased to be playing a part in that. I don’t think that has got anything to do with class.

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