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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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Wimbledon women’s wildcards

1. Katie BOULTER (GBR)

2. Jodie BURRAGE (GBR)

3. Harriet DART (GBR)

4. Francesca JONES (GBR)




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Burnham slams 'prima donna' Andrew Lloyd-Webber over threats to flaunt lockdown rules

Andy Burnham has branded Andrew Lloyd-Webber a “prima donna” on Sky News over the composer’s pledge to reopen theatres on June 21 even if the Government delays the lifting of lockdown measures. Lord Lloyd-Webber has warned his production of Cinderalla will go ahead at his West End theatres “come hell or high water.” The musical director is also willing to face arrest in order to put the shows on, according to Sky’s Kay Burley.

Ms Burley said: “We have heard from Andrew Lloyd Weber and he says he is going to open his theatres on June 21 come hell or high water.

“He has got a big production of Cinderella.

“Even if freedom day has been pushed back he will still open his theatres and if the police want to come and arrest him so be it.”

She asked the mayor of Greater Manchester: “Do you think he should be arrested?”

Mr Burham replied: “Well probably if he is completely flouting the government’s decision, they might even be the law.

“Well yes you can’t do that and I think talking in those terms is unhelpful, lets be honest about it.

“Of course everyone wants him to be able to reopen.

“But he can’t just assert his right to do that we are in the middle of a pandemic.”

Reacting to Lord Lloyd-Webber’s remarks, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told LBC: “I’d love to see theatres reopening, I know he’s got a great production of Cinderella opening in the West End, would love to be taking my kids to it.

“But I would just urge him having been so patient over the last 18 months, I know it’s been devastating for his industry and his own businesses, just wait a few more days as the prime minister analyses the data.

“We don’t want to keep restrictions in place a day longer than is necessary.

“But equally we always said 21 June was the earliest date in which we could move to the next stage of the roadmap.”

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