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HOT OR NOT: Gareth Bale’s donation to health services in Wales and Spain was a brilliant gesture

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 

ANDY MURRAY  

Once more a voice of reason. This time he is calling for the game’s leading names to accept smaller prizes in favour of redistribution to those who really need it at the base of the pro tennis pyramid. It is too good and noble an idea to have any chance of being adopted, surely. 

GARETH BALE

He has divided almost £1million between health services in Wales and Spain as they tackle coronavirus. A brilliant gesture. The mystery now is over how certain bright sparks among the Real Madrid support will find a way to criticise him for it.

Gareth Bale's large donation to health services in Wales and Spain was a brilliant gesture

Gareth Bale's large donation to health services in Wales and Spain was a brilliant gesture

Gareth Bale’s large donation to health services in Wales and Spain was a brilliant gesture

LUKE WOODHOUSE

In these starved sporting times, we have been handed the crumb of seeing the Englishman throw a perfect nine-darter in his kitchen. Credit to Barry Hearn and the darts chiefs who came up with the Home Tour and an alternative to football from Belarus.

NOT 

NOVAK DJOKOVIC  

He is fully aware of the influence and reach of his opinions. For that reason, you have to question the wisdom of him sharing his anti-vaccination viewpoint nearly as much as you despair at his wife for recirculating conspiracy theories about 5G. To be a (vaccinated) fly on the wall when they chat over dinner.

BILL BEAUMONT  

In his bid for re-election as World Rugby chairman, he has put forward the wacky idea of allowing players to switch nationality later in their career. What seems on the surface to be a well-meaning move to help the Pacific Islands, is on closer inspection a manoeuvre that would devalue international sport.

Emmanuel Adebayor should have kept his intention to not help others during crisis to himself

Emmanuel Adebayor should have kept his intention to not help others during crisis to himself

Emmanuel Adebayor should have kept his intention to not help others during crisis to himself

EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR  

No one should be forced to donate their money to the fight against coronavirus. Equally, no one can be forced to hold a positive opinion of a man who loudly announces he has no interest in helping others. If he was keeping his wallet shut, his mouth would have been well advised to do the same.

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