The suspended season reopening decisions will be taken on Friday with all the 20 clubs. Coronavirus crisis has been fighting the world in a consistent manner. No part of the world is fully safe from the ongoing war. The football world is suspended all over the world for more than one month. The situation in […]
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The suspended season reopening decisions will be taken on Friday with all the 20 clubs.
Coronavirus crisis has been fighting the world in a consistent manner. No part of the world is fully safe from the ongoing war. The football world is suspended all over the world for more than one month. The situation in Europe is worse because of the active epicenter status of the virus. Major leagues are called off as part of lockdown announced by governments as is Premier League.
As per the earlier plan of English FA, Premier League announced a reopening date of June 12 to complete the remaining 9 matchday fixtures. The proposal of ‘Project Restart’ is analyzing all possible permutations and combinations to wind up the season in the usual way. Leagues in France and the Netherlands had already announced the completion. PSG crowned as the champions in League 1 while no one got the title in Eredivisie.
The England Conditions
There are 92 fixtures left in Premier League. Liverpool is the unannounced champions leading the table with 25 points clear of the chasing Manchester City. Also, the fight for Champions League spots is also active with slight differences in points. Analyzing the conditions, there are no plans to call off the league by the FA.
From the reports of Daily Mirror, Premier League took a word from all 20 clubs in a video conference last week. And 6 clubs opposed the suggestion of reopening on the current situation. The outcome of the conference was 14-6 in the voting for ‘Project Restart’. The bottom 6 teams were those who opposed the decision. It is clear that the rest of the games will be decisive for them to get away from relegation zones.
According to the rules of the Premier League, 14 votes is enough to pass a motion in favor of the agenda. Like in UNSC the decision of ‘big six’ won’t veto the motion. Also, the opinion of management and medicos are also considering ahead of the Friday meeting. Along with the Premier League, other domestic tournaments are also waiting for the decision. They also need to be rescheduled according to the reopening of the Premier League.
The major concerns
There are some major concerns raising about the reopening. The fixtures in the closed doors and neutral venues is one of them. NHS has listed out 10 safe venues to conduct the remaining games. But clubs found issues with this. Playing without the home-away advantage will affect the performance of some clubs.
The second concern is the June 30th deadline for contract expiry. Lots of players will become a free agent after June 30 unless they sign a new one. It also requires the reopening of the season and if it won’t happen it will be a burden to some clubs. The transfer window will be announced only according to the completion status of the tournament.
The player safety and strict lockdown rules in the training grounds are another major concern. Many of the clubs are finding difficulty in practice sessions even though they started training last week.
Some of the players informed their worries over the ongoing situation to the club. It is a risk factor to play in closed doors while the world is fighting the virus outside. Everything is messed up in the industry including the jobs that depend on the game. Strong diplomatic measures and mature decisions are needed in this situation.
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