Premier League clubs call for season to be called off amidst coronavirus crisis. Football has been suspended until April 30 as of now.
Barring their last few games before football was called off in England and the rest of Europe, Liverpool were on course to win the Premier League in record time. The Reds lost 4 of their last 6 games to crash out of the FA Cup and the Champions League. However, the elusive Premier League was just two wins away.
Jurgen Klopp’s men could have become the first side to conquer the league in March. Instead however, the league was suspended amid the Covid-19 breakout. The league has postponed the campaign until April 30. However, a number of Premier League clubs want the current season to end with immediate effect and replay it once it is safe to do so.
Premier League clubs call for season to be called off amidst Coronavirus crisis
A senior figure at a club told The Athletic, that it was morally wrong for the Premier League to discuss playing behind closed doors while the country continues to be rocked by the pandemic.
“You look at the people sitting around the Premier League table by Skype; their egos cannot sustain a mirror being held up to them,” he said.
“The fact is they are not as important as a Tesco delivery driver at this time. We run a game. No more, no less. There is no place for sport at the moment.”
Another high-ranking club chief added: “It’s absolutely clear what is going to happen. It’s a worldwide pandemic.
“You just start (the Premier League season) again and there are very few losers. Liverpool, I know.
“But in the grand scheme of things, honestly, it really doesn’t matter. You’ve just got to start again.
“This (COVID-19) is going to get worse here (in Britain), so it’s not about players returning to training. If we all stay at home and self-isolate for the next two, three months, we’re going to get through this quite simply.”
Before adding: “We look like petulant, ridiculous children now. I passionately believe what we’re doing is wrong.
“And I would like to think my colleagues now believe that as well, that the world has changed. It’s a scary place at the moment and we’ve got to treat it seriously.”
There are such bigger issues to deal with
Another club director feels that football has its priorities wrong according to the same report.
“The position we’re taking is ridiculous,” he said. “There are such bigger issues to deal with yet every question is, ‘Will Liverpool be champions?’.
“It really just doesn’t matter. In world history, this will be recorded as a very challenging time. There is a place for football and entertainment but that’s in a time when there are no troubles and there are no major issues that need to be dealt with.
“At a recent meeting, one club said, ‘Listen, I’m going to let my players go on holiday but if they get stuck because the situation changes, do you think the government will send private planes over to get them so they can play football?’. This is how disconnected and ludicrous they are.”
The Premier League shareholders are scheduled to meet on April 3rd and possibly discuss the new date for its comeback. However, the report states that is likely that some clubs may have strong reservations to do so despite the huge financial loss in doing so.
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