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  1. Any bets on which club this “senior executive” comes from? https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/sport/premier-league-players-drop-concerns-over-full-training-whdj37btc
  2. Shops reopening mid-June makes it virtually impossible it won’t restart and the Tories would have to be pulled kicking and screaming into any sort of lockdown in the immediate future thanks to Cummings’ antics and Sunak’s militant belief that the economy needs to be unshackled as soon as possible. The big question is whether completing next season is realistic, as I can see things taking a dive as the weather worsens towards the end of the year.
  3. With the government desperately trying to save Cummings' job by ending normal people's lives, there’s no way the Premier League can fail to restart in June now. Non-essential retail opening up on the 15th.
  4. Yes! Tons of those fuckers will be chomping at the bit to kick their children back off to school and lambasting the teaching unions whose members will be massively more exposed and massively less tested for massively, massively, massively less pay. I bet they’ll be having a close range shit-chat at pick / up drop off time, too
  5. Hull have called for the Championship to be voided for some reason.
  6. I get that, but there’s going to be risk for a long time so it’s a case of balancing it. If the Premier League drew a line under it and said “no football at all until there is a cure / vaccine available” I think I would, reluctantly, accept that, but that’s not an option; the game would go bankrupt and die. For example, I‘ve had to go to work all through this, but I won’t be sending the children back to school anything like as soon as the Tory ghouls want me to; I can, to some extent, manage the risk by myself, but it’s ridiculous fantasy to think that will work where kids are involved. How many of the moaners will be first in line to pack their own children off come June 1st?
  7. I’ve never had a problem with people being concerned about the potential health implications of resuming - however, I believe doing so in private (ala Klopp) is more constructive than a disproportionate number of figures from clubs struggling against relegation shouting loudest - no one should have a problem with Deeney explaining now his reason for not training, but the initial comment was unnecessary. As for whether players should still be paid, I would suggest that if they or someone they live with is deemed vulnerable that the decent thing is to excuse them without penalty. If they’re not in one of those situations, I would entirely respect their decision not to play, but I don’t think it would be unreasonable to stop their wages for the duration of that period. I could probably negotiate some unpaid leave and definitely would if I could afford it. Alas, I don’t have that luxury.
  8. This will be met with a rational response from the characters who’ve convinced themselves that the only reason there’s a push to complete the season is so that Liverpool can win the league. https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11669/11990643/premier-league-to-support-liverpool-trophy-presentation-if-safe-to-stage-one
  9. TheDrowningMan

    Other Football - 2019/20

    I think we should leak loads of fake information from training, how our players look like they’ve never met, can barely pass the ball without falling over and have real concerns as to whether 6 points will be achievable. Just to get some people's hopes up.
  10. Having the biggest, most prestigious football league in Europe (and by extension, the world) will be the result for Germany if the other major players can’t get it together. I fully expect an exodus over the next few years if the Premier League fails to reach a consensus on restarting over the next couple of weeks. We'll be looking on with envy as the Premier League drops back to the sort of status it occupied in the mid-90s; the TV deal will look at big different at that point. It might be that the smaller clubs have to accept not getting any of it so that the giants are able to maintain some semblance of competitiveness on he global stage.
  11. It’s good that safety-conscious managers like Graham Potter and Nigel Pearson are at the vanguard of the movement to stop players from heading the ball given the long-term neurological concerns.
  12. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/may/15/single-failed-covid-19-test-spells-quarantine-for-premier-league-squads If this is the case - that the single positive means an entire squad must isolate for 14 days - then there’s literally no point resuming, and won’t be until the guidance around isolation has changed.
  13. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52677194 Infection rate has increased, and that’s just through morons failing to stay at home: god knows what it will look like a week or two after the government's shit new slogan has fully taken hold.
  14. Looks like the government are hellbent on restarting next month. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52665805 Yeah, as with almost everything they’re doing it’s for the wrong reasons, but if the rest of the country can go back to work in genuinely risky conditions, there is zero excuse for heavily protected footballers to collect hundreds of thousands of pounds doing noting.
  15. I’ve got to say, it would be beautiful for Brighton to go out of business after how disgracefully they’ve behaved at every turn. It would be no great loss to a single person, anyway - I’m sure you’d get some pretty pathetic crocodile tears but you’d have to tell them to look at the bigger picture, because it’s only football; their fans could simply start supporting another team instead.
  16. Brighton Graham Potter has “concerns” about restarting, announcing - like Todd Cantwell and The Elephant Man before him - that he’s a “human being”. Note that he cites his wife’s family as having “health issues” - shouldn’t fucking be going near them regardless of whether football resumes! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/52659619
  17. Such a mindfuck, isn’t It? On the one hand rumours abound that Klopp returned to Melwood today and, we’ll, why bother if he seriously thinks it’s not going to resume? On the other hand, why would the bottom six be coming up with one roadblock after another if they didn’t seriously believe they could frustrate their way to having the season called off?
  18. They are waiting a month. Or does he mean an extra month when it’s super-safe....for Brighton who will have cheated their way out of relegation?
  19. Having a “moral obligation” is easy to say when you know there’s zero chance of it being allowed to happen, so I think Noble's alleged actions today speak volumes.
  20. I think the thing that will really swing it is if play is resumed in Germany and Spain - it would be fatal to the Premier League's status as the biggest in the world to be scuppered by a bunch of sides desperately trying to cheat their way to safety while the next biggest get it together. Mark my words, if money isn’t enough to see the season concluded and the others mange it, we'll see an exodus of players over the next couple of years and a return to the sort of status English clubs held in Europe for the bulk of the 1990s. Also, like clockwork, the captains from the arse-end of the table apparently have greater concerns than the rest about hygiene for some reason or other. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-8316741/Project-Restart-limbo-two-hour-call-Premier-League-captains-reveals-divide.html
  21. Yet what if the Championship resumes and Premier League doesn’t, due to various teams throwing spanners in the works? I suspect Norwich’s sporting director would perform a convenient 180 and claim relegation / promotion would be unfair because only the Championship sides got to play it out on the pitch! The Italian government are being ridiculous, because taking such a position is, in effect, saying that sport cannot resume until a vaccine is available. There’s no other way - if you want to quarantine entire teams (instead of those who have tested positive) then it’s done for at least 18 months and maybe forever if we’re honest.
  22. Rumours abound that the EFL has its house in order and that the Championship will return before the Premier League. If it does, the latest bottom feeder gambit of claiming it would be unfair to relegate from the Championship if the Premier League is played out, falls by the wayside. Will they now claim it would be unfair to relegate from the Premier League on PPG if the Championship promotion contenders have actually played their matches? https://www.espn.co.uk/football/english-premier-league/story/4094314/english-championship-to-return-on-june-1before-premier-league-sources?platform=amp&__twitter_impression=true
  23. I hope everyone signs off on it only for West Ham, Watford and Brighton to fail to meet the safety criteria.