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Spot-on FA/PL decision brings hope of end to virus

The Football Association and Premier League have done the English Leagues a huge service today by insisting that the integrity of the game will be preserved.

The decision to end the season – however long it takes – is undoubtedly the right one and something of a smack in the face for those who claimed the season should – or might have to be – nulled and voided.

Instead officials from all 20 English top-flight clubs spoke over a conference call on Thursday morning to co-ordinate a strategy for completing the fixture list in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which has led to the suspension of almost all sport.

With representatives at government level the PL was clearly in a position to make a recommendation which indirectly brings hope that the virus could be on the wane quicker than we are being led to expect.

After all, had they been advised otherwise – and some reports said the situation could continue for up to 18 months when a vaccine is developed – it’s unlikely they would have  decided to take the line of action on they have decided upon.

Thankfully, we will now also be spared the nonsensical fiction being peddled by newspapers on how the League may be finally decided – an example of how the media has let us down in so many areas on our national life generally.

My fingers are crossed we can be through this by June!

Keep believing and come on you Irons!

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3 comments on “Spot-on FA/PL decision brings hope of end to virus

  1. This is also a slap in the face of Karen Brady who said the league should be nulled in her tabloid comic column!

  2. Well a decision has been made and we must all respect it . I am one of those who got a
    “ smack in the face “ . I don’t mind really if it means Football can go on and end a season with all games played .
    What happens though if by the 30th of April the situation hasn’t changed sufficiently to let football continue ? . If the Premiership has determined it will play all outstanding games then to complete the season it will have to be behind closed doors .
    Hopefully the Virus will have abated before that scenario presents itself .
    Good luck to all of us and remember to remain sensible .

  3. My prediction is the FAPL end up looking as big a joke as our government. If you trust the Chinese Government who have expelled all Western journalists because they were telling a very different story and trust their figures, there must be bacon flying high once again. I would love to see football again and the season play out but there are too many complexities, short of isolating players from their families and everyone else between matches am not sure how this can play out. You will also have to provide ball boys for the matches and police to steward outside the stadium (unless people are locked down) logistically as well as practically it’s hard to see it going well.

    Kazza was right see where we are when it is safe to proceed and take it from there, then make a decision to finish the season or write it off as unfortunate.

    Whatever happens hope it turns out well for us COYI!!!

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