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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher. CREDIT: REUTERS

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher. CREDIT: REUTERS

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher. CREDIT: REUTERS

Sky Sports and Sports Extra subscriptions payments can be paused until sporting action resumes amid the coronavirus crisis, the broadcaster has announced.

After Sky confirmed they were pausing payments for all business subscribers at the start of the week, they have now rolled out that offer to domestic subscribers who will need to phone up to suspend their service, with an online pausing option to be activated imminently.

All Sky Sports channels will continue to operate during the sporting shut-down, with highlights packages and live debate shows part of the service they are offing up.

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher were part of a debate on what happens next in football on Thursday night, with former Manchester United defender Neville speaking as a former player and a current club co-owner in his role as one of the backers of League Two side Salford City.

"If football players need to play every day for nine days to finish the Premier League as a worst-case scenario, they would do it because they'd get their heads around it and make it a festival of football," said Neville.

"It would be something spectacular. Football can bring some hope and joy to the country when we finally come out of this crisis.

"Doing a festival of football where the league is finished in two weeks, the Champions League gets finished in a week and the FA Cup is finished in four days could be something quite special.

"I'm not saying they are the examples that should be followed, but there could be something quite spectacular about football fans coming together after this crisis is over.

"It would bring some joy back to the nation as football does impact so many people."

Carragher suggested the nation would rejoice when football returns, as he insisted the fate of his former club Liverpool is not a priority as they close in on winning the English league title for the first time in 30 years.

"It doesn't bother me when football starts again as the health of the nation is much more important," stated Carragher. "I just feel that so much has been put into this season by so many people, I don't know how you can stop it.

"We all know Liverpool were, or are, going to go on and win the league. They only need to win one or two games, but if the league stops, it just doesn't feel right.

"Yes, Liverpool may be given the league, that's what people are saying, but there will always be something there that just didn't feel quite right about it.

"Anyway, Liverpool isn't the most important thing. It's the teams who are going to lose huge sums of money in completely different divisions. So this season has to finish because it impacts next season, because of European places and Champions League places and so on.

"Whenever the date is that we get back to playing football, it needs to be finished. Then we have to be creative with next season."

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