Lunatics running the asylum?
Like many others football has been caught on the hop by the current crisis, but yesterday went a bit further and showed just how out of touch it really is.
Its not just the usual suspects to blame here, most would have been in on the conference call or at least would have let their Association know their feelings.
Despite this we have ended up with a mess upon their very first dabble into solving the numerous problems the virus has thrown up, not a good start at all.
A glance at the statement itself shows that its bulky with jargon galore , and fails to take into account how the average fan on the street prefers to communicate.
Plain and precise bullet points would have been the way to go.
As far as solid decisions that shape the short term future of the sport, its short on action and large on expectation.
One big decision in moving the Euros which basically has to happen, and the rest are essentially here is what we hope happens and we shall throw some committees together.
As far as you and me are concerned the domestic league is the big question of course. We know across the city they added a new number to their list of beloved digits,,38 was the cry. Add that to 1690 , 55 , and 1892.
A dignified club would have announced football takes second place and that the entire city should pull together and the two giants will host a match for charity maybe. They want the games played and season finished, thats been made clear.
Now we have the announcement that the leagues should make every effort to finish by June30th. Its that date presumably because many player will be out of contract July1st.
“ should the situation improve and resuming playing be appropriate and prudent enough.”
They dont go on to say what will happen should this not be an option, the first question every single person that reads the statement will ask !
Approximately 245 miles from Parkhead yesterday the Irish nation were told they were in the calm before the storm, and that they could help the nation come together by staying apart.
All other nations are taking strict action banning gatherings and or keeping folk indoors. Yet here we have football saying play the games !!!
Wonder what governments everywhere thought of that?
The immediate question is did they ask for and take onboard any medical advice?
What if the police say no? Gov say no mass meetings?
Then obviously the players,,how do they feel here?
Some will have or get this virus,,how can games go on with players out sick?
And Social Distancing,,,youre going to ask the nation to social distance yet allow football players to crawl over each other live on tv? With kids watching of course.
How does being in a capacity crowd but using social distancing methods work?
I could go on and go,,they have thrown up more questions than answers in their hamfisted attempt to solve.
Whether its been realised or not, player power is huge here . None other than Celtic supporter Wayne Rooney himself piped up with some sense for once saying if I catch it while being forced to play and give it to my family Im walking out on the game forever disgusted.
He’s not as high profile as he used to be, but still, that should get a few people worried and hopefully give a few players ideas.
All it takes is one set of players to say no, and that collapses that entire league. Other clubs would follow suit. I cant see how Arsenal can function properly with a quarantined manager, they would be the obvious choice for me.
Watch for Stevie to say give his beloved ‘Pool the title then, and watch the wimps in the press pack choose not to point out the irony in his words.
So here we are the day after the big meeting that solved Jack, still in limbo.
Get used to that feeling. Football needs slapped down here, someones gotta do it.
Its just shown it cant think for itself, time for nations to ban it for now.
Before it really damages itself, and more importantly its fans.
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