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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 12 Apr 20 10.28pm Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Originally posted by dannyboy1978

Keeping people in watching footy will saves lives and money in the NHS, if we are spending hundreds on millions on foreign aid then the tax payer should be looked after.

It's a win win for everyone. I'll forgo my season ticket in these special times if I get all the game's on TV.

Wouldn’t be a win win for taxpayers who don’t like football

 

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Originally posted by Spiderman

Wouldn’t be a win win for taxpayers who don’t like football

It's not about being fair, it's about being creative to keep huge amounts of public inside. Football is the nation's sport after all.

 

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With what our experts expect with covid19 most important of all being social distancing and washing hands, I’m struggling to see how that can accommodate football. Will it be a foul if you get within 2 metres of someone and if not, what message will it send to a whole load of already confused children. What about hand washing every 15 minutes?
So like many things, if we continue to lock down, football will not re start.

Edited by dreamwaverider (13 Apr 2020 6.33am)

 

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View dreamwaverider's Profile dreamwaverider Flag Chelsea 13 Apr 20 6.39am Send a Private Message to dreamwaverider Add dreamwaverider as a friend

Also,injuries. If a player encroaches on the 2 metre rule and tackles another player who then needs hospital treatment, what then? No, expect a long shut down now.

 

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View Rudi Hedman's Profile Rudi Hedman Flag Caterham 13 Apr 20 9.06am Send a Private Message to Rudi Hedman Add Rudi Hedman as a friend

Unless all people involved have to be tested. And then we’re onto why them tested and not front line NHS staff.

If we’re to have 100,000 tested a day soon (yeah right), then it’ll be a test that could’ve been on a key worker, unless football entertainment is deemed key work to keep the public at home more.

Edited by Rudi Hedman (13 Apr 2020 2.16pm)

 


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View Phil’s Barber's Profile Phil’s Barber Flag Crowborough 13 Apr 20 1.42pm Send a Private Message to Phil’s Barber Add Phil’s Barber as a friend

A couple of weeks ago I thought they’d have to scrap the Season and declare it Null & Void, however it has become blatantly obvious that the money involved for the Premier League means they are determined to try and finish it.

Where money isn’t the overriding factor they have ended the season and declared it Null & Void as with the lower tiers of Non League.

When Belgium declared their top League over UEFA had a meltdown and threatened them with not being able to enter teams into European competitions next season. It is clear that external pressure is being applied here and the powers that be are desperate to try and conclude the season despite all of the issues.

I also wonder if they would be as determined to finish the season if it were Man City/ Man Utd or Chelsea about to be crowned Champions again instead of Liverpool, for the first time in 30 years?!

 

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View Henry of Peckham's Profile Henry of Peckham Flag Eton Mess 13 Apr 20 6.31pm Send a Private Message to Henry of Peckham Add Henry of Peckham as a friend

Originally posted by HKOwen

Reports in various sources now anticipating all football including Premier League will soon go to " behind closed doors ".
The report states ST and match ticket holders " will be able to follow matches by live stream at home but 3pm broadcasting blackout will not be lifted "

Make of that what you will

A scheme to keep the cash rolling in and for clubs to hold on to what they have already taken.

Would you pay £30 a time to watch a live stream? I certainly wouldn't and I'd prefer to have a discount on next season's ST. However, I suppose we'll not have a choice?

Edited by Henry of Peckham (13 Apr 2020 6.31pm)

 


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Originally posted by dreamwaverider

With what our experts expect with covid19 most important of all being social distancing and washing hands, I’m struggling to see how that can accommodate football. Will it be a foul if you get within 2 metres of someone and if not, what message will it send to a whole load of already confused children. What about hand washing every 15 minutes?
So like many things, if we continue to lock down, football will not re start.

Edited by dreamwaverider (13 Apr 2020 6.33am)

What happens when a player scores a goal? It will be a long time before other players will feel comfortable mobbing their team mate after he's just scored and how many fans are going to fancy sitting inches away from complete strangers. I think football will resume possibly in June but behind closed doors. If not, I can't see many people going.

 

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View Rudi Hedman's Profile Rudi Hedman Flag Caterham 14 Apr 20 1.18pm Send a Private Message to Rudi Hedman Add Rudi Hedman as a friend

Originally posted by pompeyeagle

What happens when a player scores a goal? It will be a long time before other players will feel comfortable mobbing their team mate after he's just scored and how many fans are going to fancy sitting inches away from complete strangers. I think football will resume possibly in June but behind closed doors. If not, I can't see many people going.

Humble rather than bundle?

 


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Originally posted by dannyboy1978

It's not about being fair, it's about being creative to keep huge amounts of public inside. Football is the nation's sport after all.

I agree. There was a an interview recently with Joss Buttler and he was stating that it would give the country a great lift to be able to watch live sport again.

After NHS staff and key workers have been tested, I think it would be a sensible idea to test those in the entertainment business next. If all involved test negative and strict procedures are put in place to keep only players, coaching staff and referees in contact with one another, then why not?

It would be great for moral if the likes of the BBC, ITV, Sky and BT all clubbed together so that most games could be televised live. With the weather improving and people becoming more frustrated, it will help massively to keep people at home.

 

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View Rudi Hedman's Profile Rudi Hedman Flag Caterham 17 Apr 20 7.32pm Send a Private Message to Rudi Hedman Add Rudi Hedman as a friend

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Coronavirus: Premier League clubs committed to completing season with no date set

Premier League clubs remain committed to finishing the 92 remaining fixtures of the current season but did not discuss a deadline by which play must resume at a meeting on Friday.

Clubs were expected to debate a 30 June deadline to end the season but instead discussed "possible scheduling models".

The Premier League said it "remains our objective" to complete matches but currently "all dates are tentative".

The league has been suspended since 13 March because of coronavirus.

It is understood some clubs expected to discuss the proposed 30 June deadline at Friday's meeting but it was decided now was not the right time to do so.

"In common with other businesses and industries, the Premier League and our clubs are working through complex planning scenarios," the Premier League said.

"Today's shareholders' meeting provided an opportunity to discuss possible scheduling models. It remains our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of Covid-19 develops."

Earlier this month the Premier League said play will only resume when "it is safe and appropriate to do so" and the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has since risen to more than 12,000.

On Thursday, the government issued a further three-week lockdown to ensure social distancing and manage the spread of the virus.

BBC sports editor Dan Roan has learned that Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden spoke with Premier League bosses this week and signalled the government was content for them to start contingency planning.

But nothing will be taken forward without the green light from the government, in accordance with medical advice.

In a section on player welfare at the meeting, it was decided that tests for coronavirus would have to widely available to the public before the widespread testing of players.

When and how football resumes has been widely debated across the sport as clubs face up to financial difficulties and the logistical issues caused by a late finish to the season.

The contracts of numerous players expire on 30 June, including those of Chelsea midfielder Willian and Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen.

If the season is extended beyond that date there is a possibility clubs will lose players before fixtures are concluded.

World governing body Fifa is aware of the problem and is looking at alternatives such as rolling contract extensions.

The 30 June date is also an issue for clubs around agreed changes in kit manufacturers. Liverpool are due to change shirt manufacturers from New Balance to Nike, while Watford and Newcastle are also set to use new suppliers.

In a BBC Sport vote on how the season should be dealt with 39% of respondents wanted to 'declare the season null and void', with 28% opting to 'finish the season no matter how long it takes'.

Uefa has pleaded for leagues to give them time to return with their own proposals for ending the season across Europe.

European football's governing body will meet next week to further discuss plans which include potentially using the Champions League final to end the 2019-20 season on 29 August.

Lower down the football pyramid in England, the EFL has sent a letter to clubs recommending they return to training on 16 May at the earliest.

The EFL has not discussed a league restart date with the government but told clubs: "Our planning needs to be agile enough to allow us to be as prepared as possible for a start at relatively short notice."

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'Eight weeks enough to complete season'

BBC Sport's Simon Stone

In the end, the 30 June deadline demand some were so keen to push earlier in the week was never raised.

The feeling that today's meeting was not the right time to widen the debate and the Premier League desire for a united front was strong enough to dissuade a discussion that would have extended the chat, which was wrapped up in under two hours.

Individual clubs will go away to continue discussions with players about wage cuts and deferrals and wait to see what comes out of two Uefa meetings next week.

Before their next scheduled meeting on 1 May, lessons should also be absorbed from Germany.

Some Bundesliga players have already returned to their clubs for training under social distancing rules - getting changed at home and returning to shower after picking up some food.

A Bundesliga meeting on Thursday will offer guidance on if and when this can be stepped up following the revised regulations announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.

It will start to offer the Premier League some kind of clarity over the major discussions today, which centred around different start and end dates to play the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign.

At the moment, it is felt eight weeks will be enough from returning to training in order to regain match fitness and play nine rounds of games to complete the season.

Germany's experience will help frame whether that prospect is a realistic one.

In the meantime, as has been the case since matches were first called off five weeks ago, the only certainty is uncertainty.

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What about other European leagues?

The body that represents Europe's top leagues says when football does return it will "no doubt" be played behind closed doors.

At present, the state of play in the continent's top leagues is:

Germany's Bundesliga: Clubs have returned to training but the season is still suspended until 30 April.

Spain's La Liga: There will be no training until emergency measures in place are lifted and La Liga president Javier Tebas says resuming play on 28 May is a best-case scenario.

France's Ligue 1: French football authorities are considering restarting Ligue 1 on 3 or 17 June, with the latter date the more likely, according to sports daily L'Equipe.

Italy's Serie A: The Italian Football Federation (IFF) hopes to begin testing players for the virus at the start of May, in preparation for the season to resume.

 


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What’s the betting we still have a load of injuries come the restart? Our finely tuned athletes will have piled on the pounds and will probably pull muscles and tweak ligaments within days of training restart, especially given our recent record of injuries.

The chances of Sakho being fit for a match feel like less than 50:50 even when he has had 6 months off.

 

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