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Now Brighton positive test – does a player have to die before the Premier League stops restart madness?

The Amex Stadium on matchday

A third Brighton player has tested positive for coronavirus.

As the Premier League – allegedly aided and abetted by the top clubs – carry on regardless towards a restart objective, the disease continues to demonstrate it takes no prisoners or hopeful plans.

According to the BBC, the player – unnamed – will now self isolate for 14 days having been tested  on Saturday and this follows positive tests on players in Germany and Portugal.

It’ now becoming hideous – worse than farcical – and has to stop or I truly believe many fans will start to desert a game which is showing itself to be cheap, shoddy and totally out of touch with those who pay their season ticket money and give the game the atmosphere which has made it great.

The Premier League will ignore the many voices being raised against them at their peril. They appear to believe they can save the goose that lays the golden egg by getting this season restarted.

The reality is they are shaming themselves and us as they plough on with their hideous plans and could kill that goose forever if they don’t stop their disgusting attempt to save a few bucks.

Here’s the big question looming above all else now: “Does a player have to die before they stop?”

Brighton have players training individually at the training ground and the club say this will be allowed to continue.

It is a concern,” Brighton chief executive Paul Barber told Sky Sports. “Despite all of the measures that we’ve been taking over the past few weeks, where the players haven’t been involved in any significant training at all, we’ve still suffered another player testing positive for the virus.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

13 comments on “Now Brighton positive test – does a player have to die before the Premier League stops restart madness?

  1. Don’t worry, Hugh. This season will not restart – for all the reasons that you , & others, have already stated on many occasions. If it were to restart; it will very soon be abandoned when the first casualty of the virus occurs.

  2. Surely now it should be put to the vote by all professional players . Forget the PL and it’s apparent greed to keep turning a Nelson . We are talking about real people having to take risks to appease the shareholders,,,,, it’s disgusting and demonstrates scant regard for lives .
    If a national vote was taken today amongst football fans in general the hierarchy I feel would receive a shock . If These people want their money so much I’m sure they can thrash something out ;; after all , that’s what they are eminently good at .
    Players in Germany going down and three in Brighton ( and there will be more throughout Europe ) should give them the wake up call to declare the season Finished,,, no more ifs and buts and trying to circumnavigate the virus .

    • Bang on hugh..they are absolute morons..why are we still talking about it ..makes me so angry …with all precautions in place, players are still getting it ,so how the hell can you even think about starting football…ffs just void it …they are making themselves look greedy fu….ng idiots wich they are ..,,someone higher up needs to put a stop to it ..they will damage the game more by trying to do this ….MORONS

  3. As a nurse in NYC, a west ham supporter for 50 years and on the front lines let me tell you and all your readers this whole coronavirus thing is overblown.. People die!! People die of lots of things, when thousands were dying of the flu, of malaria, in car crashes, of cancer of EVERYTHING WHERES the news every night, the headlines the panic,,the hysteria? 97% of people get sick with COVID and recover!!! This is 100% BS!! Everyone should grow some balls and get back to work etc!!! I’m dealing with COVID patients in the epicenter every day for 6 weeks and I’m fine!!! Geeez it’s pathetic.

    • Wow…

    • The reality is social distancing, masking etc. is designed to protect the health care system, not the population. As it stands, we will all get Co-19. Not if, when. For some the availability of an ventilator in a hospital will save them but the economic cost per life saved is astronomical. The NHS will be the final casualty of the pandemic when there is no tax base.
      Jeff is right. Go push a football, get sick, hopefully get better, and keep enjoying life while we have it.
      As an aside, when I was young keeping safe was having a condom in my pocket. Now I have hand sanitizer. Times change.

  4. Anyone thinking that football can start again this season or next season and we won’t see any positive cases from all the testing that will be carried out is deluding themselves. Just like any industry across the UK, even with social distancing, there will be people that test positive. We’re all going to have to live with this virus and nasty and tragic as it is.

  5. Jeff, you know more about it than me but, 200 plus medical staff over here, & on the front line of this, have died. That is NOT 100% BS.

  6. Some interesting thoughts and opinions here:


    (Not sure if I’m allowed to post a link?, sorry if this is not allowed Hugh)

  7. Is your second name trump Jeff! You sound like it’s just a flu eh and only a few people die from it! Of course people die from other illness but your missing the point trumpy that the virus on top of other illness finishes you off quicker than Normal but that’s ok eh ? Secondly how come youngsters also die not so many I know but still die with no other illness bringing the life to end ? And last but not least the reason the fa, premier, sky and all the rich moguls want to finish this season is just about money and like trump the nastiest person in the world at present along with his friends life doesn’t matter when money is around. End it now until vaccine is found null and void end of !

  8. Thank you Jeff, for providing a bit of perspective! And well done for keeping your chin up in the face of adversity. Keep fighting the good fight Sir.

    There are some legitimate concerns with the fairness of project restart, and I don’t want us to get relegated either, but the editorials on this site have become way OTT in recent days.

    • I agree Paddy, there are many reasons to try to finish the season and it’s not all about far cats making money!

      There are also many arguments for voiding too.

      But there are definitely arguments for and against. I don’t agree with this “it’s all about money for the fat cats” rhetoric.

  9. Decide each game with a penalty shootout
    Bring ( all pre tested ) 5 from management team
    6 outfield players and two keepers to Wembley
    Over two days play the penalty shoot outs on tv

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