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World Grand Prix moved from Dublin to Leicester

Leicester’s Morningside Arena will be the venue for the 2021 World Grand Prix, with the tournament’s traditional home in Citywest, Dublin unavailable. PDC chief executive Matthew Porter says they are planning to return to Ireland in 2022.

Last Updated: 05/07/21 1:41pm

World Grand Prix moved from Dublin to Leicester

The World Grand Prix has been moved to Leicester’s Morningside Arena for 2021.

The 24th staging of the double-start format tournament will see 32 of the world’s top players competing across seven days, from October 3-9 for £450,000 in prize money.

Gerwyn Price will be looking to defend his title, with five-time winner Michael van Gerwen and world No 2 Peter Wright set to head up the field.

For a second consecutive year the tournament will take place away from its traditional home, Dublin’s Citywest Convention Centre, which is currently being used by health services in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The PDC plans to return to Ireland with the competition in 2022.

The World Grand Prix was played behind closed doors at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena in 2020, but is now set for the return of fans at the Morningside Arena, which previously hosted the Champions League of Darts in 2019.

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“We are delighted to have secured the Morningside Arena as the venue for this year’s staging of the BoyleSports World Grand Prix,” said PDC chief executive Matthew Porter.

“The venue was a hit with fans and players alike when it played host to the Champions League of Darts in 2019 and we would like to thank them for their co-operation in securing a new home for one of our most prestigious events in 2021.

“The BoyleSports World Grand Prix is always one of the highlights of the PDC calendar, with the unique double-start format providing a challenging element for competitors and extra drama for viewers.

“The Citywest Convention Centre remains part of our plans for 2022 and beyond, and we thank them for their continued support and communication.”

Dirk van Duijvenbode enjoyed a breakthrough run to the final at last year's tournamentDirk van Duijvenbode enjoyed a breakthrough run to the final at last year’s tournament

The first round will be split across two nights on October 3-4, with the second round taking place across October 5-6. The quarter-finals will be held on Thursday October 7, before the semi-finals on Friday October 8 and the final on Saturday October 9.

The tournament will be live on Sky Sports.

2021 BoyleSports World Grand Prix

Sunday October 3 (1900 BST)
8x First Round

Monday October 4 (1900 BST)
8x First Round

Tuesday October 5 (1900 BST)
4x Second Round

Wednesday October 6 (1900 BST)
4x Second Round

Thursday October 7 (1900 BST)
Quarter-Finals

Friday October 8 (1900 BST)
Semi-Finals

Saturday October 9 (1900 BST)
Final

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'You made your bed, Ireland!' Britons mock Dublin as historic Australia deal 'hammers

Britain and Australia concluded a major trade deal earlier this week after Boris Johnson met Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison in London. According to Trade Secretary Liz Truss this will cut the amount of EU beef imported per year by 230,000 tonnes.

Irish farmers are concerned they will lose out due to increased Australian competition.

However reacting to the story Express.co.uk readers were unsympathetic arguing Dublin was obstructive during the Brexit process.

One person posted: “You made your bed Ireland.”

Another added: “Great Britain moves on while the EU goes backwards.”

A third wrote: “The process of disentanglement continues. Goodbye EU.

“Your tentacles are being prised out of our country.

“Hopefully with 5-10 years no business in this country will care about you.”

Other readers urged Ireland to quit the EU and suggested it could join a new UK created common market.

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“You know just a trading bloc, without the political power grab stuff going on with endless treaties designed to centralise power and become a federal state.

“We could start with Ireland, there’s a thought.”

Speaking to Chopper’s Politics, a Daily Telegraph podcast, Baroness Hoey suggested Ireland could follow Britain out of the EU.

The former Labour MP was a prominent pro-Brexit campaigner both before and after the 2016 referendum.

The baroness said: “While sort of 15 years ago everyone said we could never leave the EU, I believe that in the relatively short term, the Republic of Ireland will probably decide to leave.

“There’s a big debate starting there. And I think that is the logical thing to happen, that the Republic of Ireland leaves the European Union, now they’re a contributor.”

Britain is currently locked in a row with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol.

Under the terms of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, some customs checks now take place on trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

However this has angered unionists who argue it undermines their position within the UK.

Mr Johnson has urged the EU to show flexibility if they want the protocol to work.

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Ireland on brink: G7 tax plan threatens major exodus of tech giants in Dublin

Rishi Sunak greets G7 finance ministers at Lancaster House

At a meeting in London, the world’s seven most advance economics concluded the agreement that will help start the battle against major corporations avoiding paying tax in countries where they make huge sums. The finance ministers also made a pact in principle to a worldwide minimum corporate tax of 15 percent, which is aimed at ensuring nations don’t undercut one another. Among those most likely to be affected are giants in the tech world, including Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple.

The tax proposal has been long in the making and comes just after reports showed that an Irish subsidiary of Microsoft paid zero corporation tax – despite securing $ 315bn (£222bn) profit last year.

The firm was able to do so as it was a resident of Bermuda for tax purposes.

The move has been heralded in many quarters, including by the UK’s Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who claimed the deal would make the global tax system “fit for the global digital age”.

But prior to the meeting, Ireland admitted it had “significant reservations” about the proposals, which were brought forward by US President Joe Biden.

Ireland on brink: G7 tax plan threatens major exodus of tech giants in Dublin

Ireland on brink: G7 tax plan threatens major exodus of tech giants in Dublin (Image: GETTY)

G7 summit: The finance ministers in London

G7 summit: The finance ministers in London (Image: GETTY)

Their main concern was over the minimum corporate tax rate, as Ireland – which has a tax rate of 12.5 percent – has one of the lowest in the world.

This has allowed firms such as Facebook and Google to make their European operations base in Ireland.

If these go ahead, it is feared in Ireland the likes of US tech firms Apple, Microsoft and Google-parent Alphabet, could ditch Dublin and head elsewhere.

One major concern for some is that these firms, the Telegraph reports, directly account for approximately one in eight jobs in the economy.

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Paschal Donohoe at the G7 summit

Paschal Donohoe at the G7 summit (Image: GETTY)

And Irish finance minister Paschal Donohoe admitted Ireland would resist the changes, particularly if they have an impact on the nation’s ability to undercut its rivals.

Speaking in April, Mr Donohoe argued the proposals could see Ireland lose 20 percent of its tax revenues, and added that he would only support an agreement that allowed “appropriate and acceptable tax competition”.

He did admit to having reservations about their being a minimum rate.

Mr Donohoe said Ireland would aim to retain its 12.5 percent tax rate, as he argued that smaller nations must be allowed to use lesser rates to compensate for “advantages of scale”.

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Google's European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland

Google’s European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland (Image: GETTY)

He added: “I believe that small countries, and Ireland is one of them, need to be able to use tax policy as a legitimate lever to compensate for the real, material and persistent advantage enjoyed by larger countries.”

After the agreement was confirmed, the tech firms responded – including a spokesperson for Amazon, who said that an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)-led process “that creates a multilateral solution will help bring stability to the international tax system”.

They added: “The agreement by the G7 marks a welcome step forward in the effort to achieve this goal.”

Ireland's Paschal Donohoe with Rishi Sunak

Ireland’s Paschal Donohoe with Rishi Sunak (Image: GETTY)

The OECD is an “intergovernmental economic organisations” that has 38 member countries.

Its aim is to promote world trade, and more recently has been behind work on updating global tax rules.

Sir Nick Clegg, vice‑president for global affairs and communications at Facebook, described the pact as a “significant first step towards certainty for businesses and strengthening public confidence in the global tax system”.

A spokesperson for Google said: “We strongly support the work being done to update international tax rules. We hope countries continue to work together to ensure a balanced and durable agreement will be finalised soon.”

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Dublin Euro 2020 games thrown into doubt after Irish FA refuses to commit on crowd numbers

The Irish FA has notified UEFA that it cannot provide assurances on minimum spectator levels for Euro 2020 matches set to be held in the capital Dublin.

“The Football Association of Ireland, on advice and guidance from the government, has today notified UEFA that owing to the Covid-19 pandemic it is not in a position at this point to provide assurances on minimum spectator levels at the Euro 2020 matches due to be held in Dublin in June,” said the FAI. 

Simultaneously, its Scottish counterpart has reportedly told the European governing body that it can welcome a capacity crowd of up to 25% at Hampden Park for games in its flagship international tournament. 

This would result in a crowd of around 12,000-13,000 fans being able to watch the action in the Glaswegian ground.

Elsewhere on the continent, similar numbers passing the turnstiles have been suggested in Amsterdam in Holland and Bilbao in northern Spain.

The Irish announcement means UEFA will now have to decide whether to allow the Irish FA more time to ascertain crowd numbers, or allocate the venue’s four matches to one of the other 12 host cities for the pancontinental tournament. 

Elsewhere, St. Petersburg in Russia has said it is expecting to allow a capacity of 50% for the four matches set to take place in the city.  

Following the conclusion of an Organizing Committee meeting at the end of last month, its chief Alexey Sorkin said: “The Organizing Committee has supported the idea of implementing the basic scenario which includes filling 50% of the stadium with spectators.

The city and the Committee have been working on a notification which will be sent to UEFA before April 7. UEFA should deliver its verdict on April 9. We don’t expect it to cut the limit on spectators, as that is the hosting city’s prerogative. So, we think it will approve the plan,” it was added.
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But whether fans can attend or not, not every host city is thrilled to be receive the competition. 

Last month, a Basque derby between Athletic Bilbao and Eibar in La Liga was halted by the interference of a drone containing an orange protest banner. 

Rather than being pandemic-related, however, it was rumored to be the work of separatist groups that do not do not want the Spanish national team to step foot on Basque soil for the first time since 1967 by playing all three of their group games at San Mames. 
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