Sport photography and the Speed of Light

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Sport photography and the Speed of Light

I have been reading last week's issue of the normally reliable UK photo magazine "Amateur Photographer".  An article on how to shoot sports photography contains the following recommendation on shutter speeds:

"...everybody should be shooting a a minimum of 1/800 to 1/1250 depending on your camera.

The reason for this variance is down to your camera's resolution.  With camera sensors becoming ever more densely packed with pixels, light passes over these pixels quicker, requiring a faster shutter speed to compensate for this."

The section in italics (mine) is surely nonsense, but is it true that cameras with larger pixel counts require a higher shutter speed for sports?

Is this because the higher print sizes and greater cropping available with larger pixel counts means that motion blur is more obvious in the printed/cropped image?

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