Is it safe to resume football?

11 May 2020 07:46 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Monday 11th May, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Championship fixtures to be completed at own grounds

A leaked source from the EFL are claiming officials are planning for the Championship to be completed at the 24 clubs’ own grounds. If this were the case, five of Leeds remaining nine games would be played at Elland Road. Although every match would be played behind closed doors, what would stop Leeds fans descending on Elland Road en mass especially the promotion winning game that would see the Whites return to the top flight for the first time in sixteen years? We can guess what the punishment would be if that were to happen!

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s has began to lift some of the lockdown restrictions, including allowing unlimited outdoor activity and we are expecting to hear about the restart of elite sport in the next 24 hours. All 20 Premier League teams will be meeting today to try and iron out a return to action. With the Premier League insisting on the remaining games be played at neutral grounds, this will infuriate the top tier clubs towards the drop zone who are insisting they should be able to play their remaining matches at their home venue.

Is Points per game the fairest way?

Should the EFL fail in their bid to complete the remaining Championships fixtures,the most likely way promotion would be calculated would be on a points per game basis. This is worked out by the average number of points each side has picked up both home and away and applying the points to the remaining games left.

Although as a last resort, this seems the fairest way, it is still within the rights of fellow Championship clubs to issue an injunction, and temporarily disrupt promotion. It would however to virtually impossible for another club to insist they deserve promotion more than the top two.

Is it safe to resume football?

Over the last couple of months, we have heard from top scientists, we've heard from governing bodies, we've heard from pundits and we've heard from clubs - Is it safe to resume football with certain safety measures in place? Will it be any safer to do so in six months time?

These are unprecedented times; there are no right or wrong answers - we have never been in this situation before! If the season were to recommence, would the restrictions take away some of the enjoyment out of the game?

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faaip wrote on 11 May 2020 04:28 pm

Then cancel the season. We might get a couple of interesting games to start but with no motivation for most players it'll become teams just going through the motions. It'l be like watching the Eurovision song contest for great music.

1964white wrote on 11 May 2020 04:23 pm

faaip wrote: Mon May 11, 2020 3:55 pm BCD football isn't sport ..full stop. No point starting the season till you can fill the grounds again. Whenever that will be
I very much doubt if matches will be played in front of fans in 2020

I maybe wrong!

faaip wrote on 11 May 2020 03:55 pm

BCD football isn't sport ..full stop. No point starting the season till you can fill the grounds again. Whenever that will be

weasel wrote on 11 May 2020 01:30 pm

I don't really see too big an issue in playing grounds at the stadium. Someone stood outside the stadium on a normal matchday can feel and hear the atmosphere, standing outside a ground that is empty you wouldn't get that and unless you were listening to it or watching it on radio, phone etc you wouldn't even know if a goal was scored. More likely is that small groups of fans would meet up at someone's house to watch the match together. Obviously the concern would be the final match or two where you could have fans wanting to celebrate and come together but put simply if fans do that then they only have themselves to blame if they get the virus. However the majority of matches wouldn't really see the need for fans to congregate as it would really be only the final match of a team who had won the title or got promoted so really that would be Liverpool and potentially 3 or 4 matches in the championship. As such for those matches maybe extra care is taken and cordons set up. I doubt it would be that 40,000 fans would all suddenly turn up probably at most a few hundred.

Ellandback1 wrote on 11 May 2020 01:11 pm