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Football may have to battle New Year lockdown

It really comes as no surprise this morning to read that a new lockdown may be looming after Christmas  but where that leaves football remains to be seen.

The Premier League is believed to be in daily touch with the government and one can assume that they are making a strong case for the game to continue behind closed doors if that is the case.

However, the whole situation may be out of their hands given that the Omricon situation is in itself ensuring games are called off anyway.

With the new season arranged to accommodate the Quatar World Cup by pausing the domestic games after 16 matches have been played by mid November we could easily be descending into a chaotic situation.

The government is reported as considering various Plan C options with The Times claiming this could include a two week circuit breaker in the new year.

The report says: ‘Plans are being drawn up for a two-week circuit breaker lockdown after Christmas which would include a ban on mixing indoors.

Draft regulations are being prepared which would ban meeting others inside except for work purposes, while pubs and restaurants would be limited to outdoor service only.

Meanwhile, the Financial Times reported that Boris Johnson was presented with a number of options under a so-called Plan C, ranging from ‘mild guidance to nudge people, right through to lockdown’.

The newspaper quoted allies of the Prime Minister who claimed Mr Johnson still wanted to go down the guidance route, but that he also had to be realistic about the threat of Omicron.

The season is already looking to be in big trouble with so many cancellations but yoiu can bet yoiur life that both the PL and the clubs will be trying to find ways of keeping the broadcasting money coming in when they discuss things at their meeting on Monday.


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