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2 hours ago, Conrad said:

People with COPD or are undergoing cancer treatment would be silly to attend any event where a large gathering of people would be expected.

But what then happens, if say I go the game and I'm infected but not aware I've got it. I then pass it onto someone else and again that person is unaware. That person then goes and visits say his parents who have medical issues.

The Goverment have already said upto 10thousand people in the UK may be infected. 

The WHO have also said it can be passed onto to people without knowing you have got it.

Do you really want a death on your hands over a game of Football.

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There is no way they'd scrap this season and void the results. It is a very brave man who'd make that call and, for example, take away Liverpools imminent winning of the league. There'd be fcūking murder. The bookies would have to return many, many millions of pounds of stakes they may not actually have as liquid cash. There'd be legal battles over final placings because they affect competition qualification and prize money. There's too much money in the game especially in the greed league ® to allow that disruption to happen. 

What seems most sensible to me is ride this out, start playing again once well over the peak, possibly initially behind closed doors, finish the season in the late summer. Postpone the Euros till next year. Have a shorter but still reasonable pre-season and then kick off again in late September/October/November depending on how bad this initial delay was. Finish EFL 2020/2021 in June/July, no winter break in the greed league ® so they finish well before and are rested for the delayed Euros. Repeat, finishing 21/22 in May. Stagger it back to normal slowly over time. 

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19 minutes ago, Doha said:

There is no way they'd scrap this season and void the results. It is a very brave man who'd make that call and, for example, take away Liverpools imminent winning of the league. There'd be fcūking murder. The bookies would have to return many, many millions of pounds of stakes they may not actually have as liquid cash. There'd be legal battles over final placings because they affect competition qualification and prize money. There's too much money in the game especially in the greed league ® to allow that disruption to happen. 

What seems most sensible to me is ride this out, start playing again once well over the peak, possibly initially behind closed doors, finish the season in the late summer. Postpone the Euros till next year. Have a shorter but still reasonable pre-season and then kick off again in late September/October/November depending on how bad this initial delay was. Finish EFL 2020/2021 in June/July, no winter break in the greed league ® so they finish well before and are rested for the delayed Euros. Repeat, finishing 21/22 in May. Stagger it back to normal slowly over time. 

Yep. Absolutely is the most likely scenario. The TV companies paid hundreds of millions for this season and aren't going to hand over their money if one third of it goes unfulfilled.

Money is the answer to every question in football. Even taking that out of consideration, it would not be right to have Liverpool 25 points clear at the top, Leeds and West Brom at the top of the Championship all season long, and Stevenage 8 points adrift at the bottom, then with a handful of games left we say "okay let's pretend that all never happened and start again in August".

People complain that VAR takes the joy out of celebrating goals to know there is the possibility of it being ruled out. Imagine that feeling all season long with the knowledge that come Match 2021 if the virus came back then the competition could be scrapped again and we go back to August 2019 again.

So that just won't happen. It will be a massive ball ache reconfiguring the next season to accommodate the end of this one, but it has to be done. The less likely alternative is that they end the season and start handing out titles, promotions and relegations based on current standings. Which would save the hassle of reorganizing things but I can't see that happening, especially as how do you settle cup competitions and play-offs?

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There's no way season will restart early April.....

 

We're Apparently four weeks from GETTING this virus the SAME as Italy has now and that's MID April!!

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Why were the Dippers allowed to play a team from a city in quarantine?Madrid.Klopp has stated 2 days later that football isn’t important at this time.Very noble sentiments.🙄

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The latest seems to suggest no relegation from Prem but top 2 in championship will go up. No other leagues would change. Talk about the rich looking after themselves !!!!!

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There is no way they'd scrap this season and void the results. It is a very brave man who'd make that call and, for example, take away Liverpools imminent winning of the league. There'd be fcūking murder. The bookies would have to return many, many millions of pounds of stakes they may not actually have as liquid cash. There'd be legal battles over final placings because they affect competition qualification and prize money. There's too much money in the game especially in the greed league  to allow that disruption to happen. 
What seems most sensible to me is ride this out, start playing again once well over the peak, possibly initially behind closed doors, finish the season in the late summer. Postpone the Euros till next year. Have a shorter but still reasonable pre-season and then kick off again in late September/October/November depending on how bad this initial delay was. Finish EFL 2020/2021 in June/July, no winter break in the greed league so they finish well before and are rested for the delayed Euros. Repeat, finishing 21/22 in May. Stagger it back to normal slowly over time. 

I agree with this but there is one major problem , most players contracts finish in June so playing in July would be difficult

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29 minutes ago, ollyandpatch said:

The latest seems to suggest no relegation from Prem but top 2 in championship will go up. No other leagues would change. Talk about the rich looking after themselves !!!!!

I can’t see that happening, increase the prem by 2 clubs meaning an extra 4 games when they’re already moaning about the amount of games they play.

Decrease the championship by 2 teams, there would be anarchy.

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51 minutes ago, Howjy04 said:

Why were the Dippers allowed to play a team from a city in quarantine?Madrid.Klopp has stated 2 days later that football isn’t important at this time.Very noble sentiments.🙄

Only cos he lost 

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4 minutes ago, vale victory said:


I agree with this but there is one major problem , most players contracts finish in June so playing in July would be difficult

Do the contracts end in June because that happens to be the end of the season, or are they contracted for the season. I don’t know.

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No promotion ,relegation,FA Cup or European issues have been resolved yet.Even Liverpool are not officially Champions.Two options for me.The league is scrapped or to continue the league with a cut off date ,June/July,for recommencement.Next season ,a September start.No winter break.I think the Euros won’t happen.

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7 minutes ago, Conrad said:

Do the contracts end in June because that happens to be the end of the season, or are they contracted for the season. I don’t know.

End of June.

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1 hour ago, sheffield61 said:

There's no way season will restart early April.....

 

We're Apparently four weeks from GETTING this virus the SAME as Italy has now and that's MID April!!

Damned if we do damned if we don't, panic button as been pressed, can't see any football being played until May, 

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45 minutes ago, Conrad said:

I can’t see that happening, increase the prem by 2 clubs meaning an extra 4 games when they’re already moaning about the amount of games they play.

Decrease the championship by 2 teams, there would be anarchy.

Yeah a 22 team Championship would mean the terrorists have won.

But seriously, seems an odd solution. Norwich and Villa couldn't have much complaint being relegated, just send them down, I'm sure they wouldn't mind lol

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Until Uefa meet I feel that all the speculation is what it is. Depends on the paper/source or twitter  account you read. There is no latest apart from the facts.

1 hour ago, ollyandpatch said:

The latest seems to suggest no relegation from Prem but top 2 in championship will go up. No other leagues would change. Talk about the rich looking after themselves !!!!!

 

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1 hour ago, Howjy04 said:

No promotion ,relegation,FA Cup or European issues have been resolved yet.Even Liverpool are not officially Champions.Two options for me.The league is scrapped or to continue the league with a cut off date ,June/July,for recommencement.Next season ,a September start.No winter break.I think the Euros won’t happen.

Li only has 23 teams, promote 1 from L2, then as a consequence 1 from The National League even if all competitions are cancelled. Would Bolton have points deducted in the new season as their previous punishment had been wiped out?

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With all the major events cancelled I’m very surprised that the Midlands Grand National hasn’t been cancelled today. 13,000 expected for that one.

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7 minutes ago, soothsayer said:

With all the major events cancelled I’m very surprised that the Midlands Grand National hasn’t been cancelled today. 13,000 expected for that one.

Most of them will probably have been at Cheltenham aswell.

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