All matches to be played behind closed doors?

12 Mar 2020 08:26 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning, it's Thursday 12th March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

All football matches to be played behind closed doors?

All football matches in England may have to be played behind closed doors as early as this weekend. The Times (so it must be true) have revealed that the government’s Cobra committee are meeting this morning to discuss triggering the move as soon as the number of UK cases reach 500. Currently there are 460 confirmed cases.

It is expected that the current season will not be postponed and instead matches will be moved behind closed doors. Season ticket holders and ticket holders will be able to stream the games live and watch them at home. Clubs will have the option to sell the stream to fans. Currently, under EFL rules, Leeds are only allowed to sell the streaming rights abroad. Pubs will not be allowed to show the games to discourage crowds meeting up to watch the games.

Whelan - Berardi needs to move on

Ex Leeds Utd forward, now Soccer pundit Noel Whelan has urged Berardi to seek pastures new at the end of the season when his current deal comes to an end. The 31 year old former Swiss International has filled in 11 times this term in various positions. His no nonsense tackling and steely determination has made his a fans favourite since his arrival six years ago. Whelan believes that Berardi deserves first team football, which he will not get if he stays at Elland Road.

It is really difficult because we will need a different class of player, no disrespect to Gaetano, but we will need something more. At the back end of your career, you want to play as much football as possible because your career is short and you do not want to spend it sitting on the bench. You want to contribute more often than one game every two months. If he is happy doing that then fine, but if it was me I would want to move on. Help Leeds get to the Premier League but then finish your career playing as much as you can.

Leeds set to snap up highly rated Schoolboy Ashley Akpan

Chelsea youngster Ashley Akpan is set to leave the club after not being awarded a Scholarship with the West London club. A number of Premiership and Championships are known to be monitoring the situation closely. Leeds are the favourites to sign the free agent having already set up a trial next week to bring the Polish Youth International to Elland Road. Akpan, who turns 16 next month is predominantly a defender also has the versability to play in midfield.

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SG90 wrote on 15 Mar 2020 11:06 am

I'd imagine the Blackburn game will be behind closed doors and the EFL will see from there. As painful as it would be to have no fans at games for the rest of the season, it's preferable to not finishing the season. Maybe could do a PSG and stand outside ER during games. But surely FFP would have to go as teams will have no income?

Norm wrote on 15 Mar 2020 09:59 am

Whoever is going to catch the virus will catch it irregardless, so we just have to hope we're not the ones who catch it - and, if we do, that we can recover from it.

Irish Ian wrote on 13 Mar 2020 12:32 am

BGwhite wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:25 pm
As long as the Cardiff & Fulham games aren't behind closed doors I'm not too bothered . The fans behind us in those games will get us 6 pts and virtually over the line but it would be a real shame for the fans not to be in the stadium to see it.
Championys !

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I have tkts, flights and car hire booked for the Fulham game, so I tend to agree with you.

Though it it a but sureal.

Nero fiddles while Rome burns springs to mind.

danhirons wrote on 12 Mar 2020 11:13 pm

weasel wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:32 pm
That is fair enough but every person comes into close proximity with the person working at the checkout (unless they do the self scan thing). As such if you pay by cash you touch money that they then touch and they can then touch thousands of people or you get the receipt from them, they touch every item you buy as they scan. So someone with the virus touches an item, the checkout person touches it then wipes their nose they have it, they touch every customers items etc etc. Same as with a cold unless you live in a bubble you have a very high chance of getting it even with minimal contact with people.

Yesterday a parcel came for one of our neighbours. So in taking in that parcel I was immediately at risk of catching it from the person who delivered it who would have been in close contact with 100s or 1000s of people in the last weeks alone, not to mention all the germs on the electronic pad that you scribble your signature on with your finger. The neighbour comes to collect and I am then at risk from everyone she met recently, and all the people that she'd met had met recently, and all the people etc etc.

Unless you completely self isolate then chances are you'll catch it regardless of whether you go to a footy match or not.

For me cancelling footy matches at this point is like shutting the gate after the horse has bolted.
I get what you mean and I think a vast majority will end up catching it - but I think (a) at the very least the government has to look like it's doing something....perhaps there has been this global overreaction to begin with but it almost has to be carried on now (as ridiculous as that is...maybe?) (b) now, as we're seeing, managers and players are catching it and so almost we have to go one step further and postpone the whole thing (c) i think there is method behind delaying the the very least to push it off until over summer or hopefully until some kind of better understanding/treatment is available.

Who knows!

BGwhite wrote on 12 Mar 2020 10:25 pm

Irish Ian wrote:So.....

No stadium closures at this juncture.

Sounds like it will happen in a few weeks.
As long as the Cardiff & Fulham games aren't behind closed doors I'm not too bothered . The fans behind us in those games will get us 6 pts and virtually over the line but it would be a real shame for the fans not to be in the stadium to see it.
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