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    Other football - 2020/21

    "Not knowing how many other players are infected" is pure obfuscation. There are clear protocols for teams to monitor and isolate close contacts of infected players. If City were following these protocols, it would have been straight forward for them to confirm the number of absent players and whether this met the threshold for postponement. If they were not following the protocols, they should be fined and forfeit the points. As for the supposed evidence, their opponents were apparently not provided with it so it's reasonable enquire whether it exists at all.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    This is beside the point. The PL rules stipulate that matches should proceed unless a team is unable to field 11 players plus 3 substitutes. City have offered no evidence that the quantum of positive tests (and close contacts of those infected) was anywhere near the scale that would need meet this threshold given their massive, expensively assembled squad. It is entirely reasonable (as Everton did) to request this evidence and take a dim view of their behaviour until it is provided.
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    Thiago Alcantara

    He's had Covid and been assaulted by a Brazilian mongrel - that hardly makes him the new Adam Lallana. He'll be back soon and the Morientes/Keita analogies are not going to age well.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Class and Dignity FC being undone by the LiVARPool conspiracy again. Must have loaned Wilson our PEDs.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Playing at home whilst top of the table, us coming off a 7-2 drubbing, GK and best defender out, two shocking VaRs in their favour. They won't have a better chance for a long, long time. 23 and counting.
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    Project Big Picture

    FSG have overplayed their hand with the 6+3 voting system. Shifting to a simple majority of new members (10/18) or making voting rights proportional to revenue would have achieved broadly the same outcome without the obvious stench of creating a cartel/closed shop.
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    Summer 2020 Transfer Thread

    Where's the (extra) Coutinho money, John?
  8. Brighton squad well on their way to herd immunity.
  9. That article is a load of hysterical shite. Virus or not, nothing in life is 100% safe or risk free. All social or economic activity requires a judgement about the right balance of cost, benefits and risks. Will a few nobs travel thousands of miles to stand outside an empty stadium? Yes Will that possibly contribute to a few more cases of the virus? Probably Is that a reason to keep a £ trillion industry which directly or indirectly employs hundreds of thousands and benefits the well being of millions more shut for 12-18 months? No
  10. As far as I can tell, voiding and denying us the title isn't a "thing" outside of the lunatic fringes of the game (twitter, washed up ex-players looking for a click bait headline, shit rags like the Daily Star/Metro, forum WUMs). All of the talk among credible journalists/sources within the game is it's not an option under serious consideration. The PL will have enough of a mess untangling CL/Europa qualification, promotion, relegation - the idea that they will compound all that with the biggest miscarriage of justice in sporting history when there is no vested interest against us doesn't make a huge amount of sense.
  11. This is the same tiny minority that would blab on forever about PEDs, VAR, PL conspiracies etc. if we finish the season. Everyone else (i.e. people in football with a functioning brain) recognise that we're deserving champions. As for not having the joy of lifting the trophy, that would be a bit shit but should be good extra motivation to win number 20 in front of the fans.
  12. Agreed - I was making a conservative estimate of the clubs that might vote for it. In practice, suspect the number will be much smaller (probably just bottom 3).
  13. Assuming the season can't be completed, they will need some mechanism to decide the entrants to next season's PL and CL. Voiding the season would imply a re-run with the same clubs as 2019/20. That would mean: - Robbing the title from us - Denying Leicester a nailed on place in the CL - Denying United a probable spot in the CL (assuming City's ban is upheld) at the expense of Arsenal (5th place last year) - Denying Leeds and West Brom a £100m promotion windfall - Bonus year in the PL for Villa, Bournemouth and Norwich Seems pretty unlikely that the above would be chosen over simply ending the season after match day 29. The only clubs with an incentive to support voiding are bottom 3, City/Everton (out of spite) and Arsenal/Spurs.