HOT OR NOT: Murray's tweet highlights absurdity of 'Project Restart'

HOT OR NOT: Glenn Murray’s withering tweet highlights absurdity of ‘Project Restart’… and Dominic Thiem’s callous comments prove World No 3 is no mind reader

  • Glenn Murray has spoken for footballers being asked to play in unsafe conditions
  • Cornelius Lysaght showed grace as he made his final bow as BBC correspondent 
  • Sports minister Nigel Huddlestone has shown ineptitude during pandemic 

It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold this week.    

HOT

GLENN MURRAY 

While football’s fat cats purr at one another, not much has been heard from the mice. Credit, then, to Brighton’s Glenn Murray for stepping forward to ask the obvious: ‘I have heard reports about social distancing into the new year… how do you keep social distance on a corner kick?’ Simple and yet as complicated as it needs to be.

Glenn Murray has spoken for players by questioning football’s approach to social distancing

ELEANOR DAVIS 

She was meant to be on the elite start line of the London Marathon but was instead working as a doctor in a Covid ward in Stockport. Aged 31, she is targeting the Tokyo Olympics but even if she doesn’t get a Team GB vest, she deserves recognition and more from the wider public.

CORNELIUS LYSAGHT 

After 30 years as the BBC’s horseracing correspondent he bowed out this week with typical elegance and grace. All eyes on the Beeb now to see if their baffling strategy has any merit whatsoever.

Cornelius Lysaght displayed grace and elegance as he signed off as a BBC correspondent

NOT

DOMINIC THIEM 

The world No 3 is strongly against the redistribution of wealth to cash-strapped players at the lower end of the rankings. The gist is that many of them ‘don’t live in a professional manner’. An alternative view could be that a man capable of reading the minds of hundreds has been wasted in his so-far fruitless task of winning Slams.

Dominic Thiem has rejected the idea that top tennis players should make financial contributions to colleagues who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic

ROSENDO ALVAREZ 

Boxing is back up and running in Nicaragua, with the fighters doused in disinfectant and the ring girls wearing face masks. Feeling rather bold, the two-time world champion Rosendo Alvarez, who was promoting the event, declared: ‘Here we don’t fear coronavirus.’ With smart men like Alvarez on this planet, what are folk getting so worried about?

Fans wore protective face masks as a boxing event took place in Nicaragua this week

NIGEL HUDDLESTONE 

Your sports minister, ladies and gentlemen. Gary Neville wasn’t alone this week in pondering who on earth is in the post at a time when a little centralised clarity might help. The bloke might as well be a quiz question.

Gary Neville was not alone when he called on sports minister Nigel Huddleston to take charge




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