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How long before Coronavirus impacts Football?

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clubs are just like any other business. If you have no money coming in, you either cut costs or you go out of business. Players have no options really, take a pay cut or take the chance of club going out of business and have no one to pay you at all.

This situation is no fun for anyone. Everyone has to compromise with no other option, even if your reason is as selfish as self preservation.
 

Sheffields Finest

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He's selling up, he doesn't give a hoot (if he ever did). Watch the new series of Sunderland to I die, that will cheer you up!
I watched episode 6 of the Sunderland one last night, loved the passion on show by the fans but I love a good cry at failure. If you want another one skip to the good bits on 'Take Us Home' too!! Heartbreaking!! :(
 

RustyRef

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It's not going to happen...
I wouldn't be so sure. We are around 2 to 3 months behind China and they have turned the corner, and countries like Norway, Denmark, Austria and Czech Republic are starting to ease restrictions. New cases in Spain have now dropped for 5 days in a row and deaths are dropping off. There are signs that it isn't increasing as quickly in the UK as feared, I know that sounds bad with hundreds dying a day, but the experts are saying that it isn't looking as bad as first expected.

Too early to tell, both in terms of the statistics and when the restrictions will be eased, but we can only hope.
 

es1

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I wouldn't be so sure. We are around 2 to 3 months behind China and they have turned the corner, and countries like Norway, Denmark, Austria and Czech Republic are starting to ease restrictions. New cases in Spain have now dropped for 5 days in a row and deaths are dropping off. There are signs that it isn't increasing as quickly in the UK as feared, I know that sounds bad with hundreds dying a day, but the experts are saying that it isn't looking as bad as first expected.

Too early to tell, both in terms of the statistics and when the restrictions will be eased, but we can only hope.
i hope it does restart and appreciate that's going to be behind closed doors initially, but it just seems too soon.

what happens when 1 player / member of support staff gets it after they've started up again?
what do you do with the refs and VAR?
do you keep everyone in isolation to ensure they dont get the virus etc...
 

RustyRef

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i hope it does restart and appreciate that's going to be behind closed doors initially, but it just seems too soon.

what happens when 1 player / member of support staff gets it after they've started up again?
what do you do with the refs and VAR?
do you keep everyone in isolation to ensure they dont get the virus etc...
One article suggested they were planning exactly your last sentence. Play behind closed doors, and keep the players, and presumably match officials, TV crew, PL officials, etc, in isolation in hotels before and after games. Most hotels aren't being used for anything else, so it might work. The same article also suggested the government are keen to entertain the idea as it might lift morale and take some pressure off the lock down.
 

es1

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One article suggested they were planning exactly your last sentence. Play behind closed doors, and keep the players, and presumably match officials, TV crew, PL officials, etc, in isolation in hotels before and after games. Most hotels aren't being used for anything else, so it might work. The same article also suggested the government are keen to entertain the idea as it might lift morale and take some pressure off the lock down.
I'd love football to be back. But I can see a situation where 1 player gets symptoms/positive test etc and that screws the fixtures again.
 

Big Cat

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I'd love football to be back. But I can see a situation where 1 player gets symptoms/positive test etc and that screws the fixtures again.
Given that the only realistic exit strategy, is one of persistent mitigation or suppression of the virus until ~60% of us have immunity, I'm bewildered as to how sport will function over the next two years or so. The Government has already failed with the 'contact tracing' idea once and vaccination sounds improbable. Unless society can achieve, maintain, cope with and accept low levels of the virus in the community, everything will be seriously stop-start.
I don't really see a way forward
 
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One article suggested they were planning exactly your last sentence. Play behind closed doors, and keep the players, and presumably match officials, TV crew, PL officials, etc, in isolation in hotels before and after games. Most hotels aren't being used for anything else, so it might work. The same article also suggested the government are keen to entertain the idea as it might lift morale and take some pressure off the lock down.
Are all of the PL referees and ARs full time with the PL, or do they have other jobs as well? (I believe in the US, there is a core team that are full time, but a lot are not, either by choice or because they are still trying to earn the full time position.)
 

Peter Grove

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Are all of the PL referees and ARs full time with the PL, or do they have other jobs as well? (I believe in the US, there is a core team that are full time, but a lot are not, either by choice or because they are still trying to earn the full time position.)
According to the Premier League website:
Currently, PGMOL have 65 in the Select Group who are full-time professional match officials. These are broken down between Select Group 1 Referees, Select Group 1 Assistant Referees and Select Group 2 Referees.
PGMOL
 
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