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Steve Green
Football season

As we are well into our lockdown there is little opportunity to play any sport, and most of us have to be content with our daily walk, cycle or exercise class.                                                              It is anybody's guess at the moment how our professional football leagues will finish, if they finish at all.                                                                                                                                            

A few points to consider:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

1. If the 2019/2020 season cannot be continued is is fair to award Liverpool the Premiership Trophy? If yes, how are other positions in the league calculated and what is to be done with promotion/relegation in all of our leagues? If no, should the season be completely wiped off?                                                                                                                                                    

2. Assuming social distancing will be with us for some time in the future is it right that footballers (in fact all players in contact sports) should be allowed to return? If they are, is testing / squad isolation helpful?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

3. A lot of footballers and other employees at a professional club are on good money and many have either agreed to a salary cut/deferral and/or made substantial donations to the NHS and local charities. Neverthless, many of our smaller clubs (local teams like Luton & Stevenage come to mind) may not survive without the regular income from gate receipts. Should our bigger clubs accept some finantial responsibility to help the smaller clubs survive, and ensure the community club and the breeding ground for a lot of our players continues?                                                    

Your thoughts on any (or all) of the above welcome.

 

 

Malcolm King
Unfortunately larger clubs

Unfortunately larger clubs have larger expenses. Football clubs whether large or minnows are like any other business.

I think we will be shocked by the names of some of the well known organisations that will eventualy fail.

The government will not be able to bail everyone out.

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