Football Chat Archive March 2020

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The Show Must Go On (But When)?

Football, the beautiful game, oh how we've missed it over the last few weeks.  For most of us, 6pm on a Sunday, is usually a time to reflect on how our team got on over the week-end and whether or not our colleagues are going to make fun of us at work on Monday.  A few unlucky Premier League fans just sit and moan about how they hate Monday Night Football on Sky.

But we won't be feeling these emotions for a few more weeks, hopefully not months, yet.  It's a spectator sport so football can't continue whilst we are under the confines of 'lock down' and 'social distancing'.  It seems strange to think that the game could eventually begin with the games played behind closed doors.  Though football seemingly stopped being a contact sport many years ago, even that would look like a glorified training session.

This week saw all leagues under the National League announce that they will end immediately, and all their results will be expunged.  The prospect for the professional game doesn't look that much better.  Following UEFA's Aleksander Ceferin, who said on Saturday 'the season will probably be lost' if it  cannot restart before the end of June, Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane has today agreed that 'there needs to be a point where enough is enough. Probably the limit for me is the end of June'.

Currently English football is suspended until at least 30th April following the realisation that football was not going to re-start on the 3rd April as previously planned (how optimistic does that date now sound?).  Currently, the last football game in the Premier League was Lecester City vs Aston Villa on 9th March (bloody Monday Night Football!) - it remains to be seen if that will be the final game of the season, or if the 2019/20 season ever even exists in the record books.

Posted : 29th March 2020