Bayern Munich practices social distancing during training

(L-R) Bayern Munich’s Spain defender Alvaro Odriozola, Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez, Bayern Munich’s French defender Lucas Hernandez walk at the field attend a training session of the German first division Bundesliga team FC Bayern Munich, at the team trainings area in Munich, southern Germany, on April 6, 2020. – Bayern Munich’s players resume training sessions in small groups amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich resumed training Monday for the first time since the German league was suspended due to coronavirus but the players were put through their paces in small groups and maintained social distancing measures.

Keeping at least 1.5 metres from each other, players including captain Manuel Neuer, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller trained together for the first time since the Bundesliga was halted on March 13.

“It was a very unusual feeling to hold a training session in small groups, but it was also nice to see the boys in person again,” said Neuer after Bayern had previously held training sessions online.

After arriving at staggered times to limit contact — with no greeting hugs or handshakes — the 21-man squad was split into five groups, each containing a maximum of five players.

When they changed, the players were kept four metres apart in the changing rooms at the club’s state-of-the-art training complex in southern Germany.

On the pitch, Bayern’s stars were careful to keep their distance from each other and there were no challenges or tackles.

Once training was over, the players left to shower at home, where they ate food provided by the club in lunch boxes.

Bayern asked fans to stay away from the Saebener Strasse complex, where hundreds of supporters usually turn up to see their heroes.

Other clubs also cautiously resumed training

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UAE search for fifth boss since March 2017 after sacking Ivan Jovanovic without playing a game

The UAE have begun the search for a fifth permanent coach in three years after Ivan Jovanovic’s short-term deal was terminated without playing a match.

Jovanovic, 57, inked a six-month deal in December as replacement for Bert van Marwijk in the wake of the Dutchman’s dismal start to World Cup 2022 qualifying’s second round and group-stage exit at the 24th Gulf Cup. The two-time former Al Nasr tactician, however, witnessed March and June’s fixtures cancelled because of coronavirus.

A new national team committee at the UAE Football Association then this week recommended the Serbian’s dismissal. A statement by the governing body declared they would sign a replacement in the “coming period”, with Al Khaleej newspaper linking ex-Whites midfielder and Sharjah’s 2018/19 Arabian Gulf League champion Abdulaziz Al Anbari to the post.

“The UAE Football Association terminated the contract of Ivan Jovanovic and his team of assistants, thanking him for his efforts with the national team, wishing him success in his next steps, praising his good cooperation and sincerity throughout his tenure,” a statement on Monday read.

“The decision was made based on the recommendations of the Football Association’s National Teams and Technical Affairs Committee.

“The board of the Football Association delegated the ‘National Teams and Technical Affairs Committee’ to sign with a new technical staff to lead the team during the coming period.”

The UAE had been set to host Malaysia on March 26 and visit Indonesia five days later. Their two remaining qualifiers at this initial stage were supposed to come at home in June, versus Thailand and Vietnam.

Coronavirus’ profound impact on the football calendar – and all aspects of society – caused the AFC to postpone these fixtures last month.

This leaves the Whites fourth in Group G and five points off leaders Vietnam, albeit with

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British boxing great Benn reveals coronavirus heartbreak

FILE – British boxer Conor Benn (R) celebrates beating Bulgarian boxer Ivailo Boyanov (not pictured) with his father, former boxer Nigel Benn (L) in their super lightweight boxing match at the O2 arena in London on April 9, 2016. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

British boxing great Nigel Benn revealed on Instagram one of his brothers Mark has died of coronavirus.

The 56-year-old — former world champion at two weights — said Mark had been the “Joker” of the family.

It came as the number of UK coronavirus-related deaths climbed by 621 to 4,934 and infections rose by 5,903 to 47,806.

“My brother Mark passed Away 2day (Covid 19), as we all were growing up Mark was the Joker of the Benn house hold,” he wrote.

“May he Rest In Peace love u Mark.’”

Benn — whose 23-year-old son Conor is a promising pugilist with an unblemished record — was one of seven boys but lost his older brother Andy when he fell out of a window aged just eight.

Benn was dubbed the ‘Dark Destroyer’ for his aggressive style and enjoyed a fierce rivalry with compatriots Chris Eubank and Michael Watson.

Benn was WBO middleweight title in 1990 and then went on to become WBC super-middleweight champion holding the belt between 1992 and 1996 — losing his crown to South African Thulani Malinga.

He retired from the ring in 1996 after twice failing to wrest the WBO super-middleweight title from Irishman Stephen Collins.

Benn is not the first from the sport in Britain to lose a relative due to the coronavirus.

The grandmother and father of British light-heavyweight Anthony Yarde died within a few days of each other.

The 28-year-old made an emotional appeal to the public to “just stay home” to avoid the risk of spreading the

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