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#151 02/04/2020 at 12:33

The EPL and EFL are showing themselves for the clueless, fuckwitted, money obsessed bunch of c**ts they both are in all this. 

PARRY CAN GO F@#* HIMSELF!! 

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#152 02/04/2020 at 13:18



"It’s like a war with an invisible enemy" - Garry Monk extends message to Sheffield Wednesday fans amid coronavirus crisis

Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk has confirmed that the club are doing the best they can as the suspension of football continues, but that sporting matters come second to the issues facing society.

By Alex Miller

The Owls are nearing the end of their second week away from the training ground with all professional football suspended by the authorities until April 30. The EFL have advised clubs not to return to training until April 14 at the earliest, though both dates are expected to be put back.

In a message to supporters, Monk made clear the importance of following Government guidelines put in place to limit the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, maintaining his ‘overriding thought’ was for the health of the ‘wider community’.

The Star understands that no Wednesday player or staff has yet reported symptoms to the club and that players are busy going about their bespoke training programmes at their homes.

“We were very well prepared with the input of Tony Strudwick and the club doctor, Richard Higgins,” Monk told swfc.co.uk, before admitting an imminent return to football is unlikely.

“I think we are all in agreement that we would like to finish this season properly but as with a lot of things right now it is still unclear how and when that will be possible. So we will have to wait until the governing authorities give us all the clarity.

“I am in touch every day with officials from the club on various matters but as I write, there is no likelihood of coming back on the near horizon.

“As much as we all miss it, it is absolutely right that we cannot even begin to think about resuming normal training and playing again until the threat to health has gone.

“It has to be a completely safe environment for everyone and these decisions will be left to those who are qualified to make the calls.

“I’m hungry to get back, the players are hungry and I’m sure you are too but we have to be guided by those who know best.”


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#153 02/04/2020 at 13:23

Club Brugge are set to be crowned Belgian champions after the Jupiler Pro League's board of directors recommended the season should be ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The recommendation, made on Thursday, now just needs to be endorsed at a general assembly meeting on April 15, a process which is understood to be a formality.

Club Brugge were 15 points clear with one game remaining of the Belgian regular season, after which the top six teams would have competed in a play-off competition to determine who was crowned champion.

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#154 02/04/2020 at 13:33

Call last/this/whatever....season complete but no titles awarded or promotions/relegations.

Start another season whenever there’s time to do it, Could be 2021 or 2022 who really gives a fuck! aggregate points from that season to this.  

Post edited on 02/04/2020 at 13:36 by MPB

PARRY CAN GO F@#* HIMSELF!! 

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#155 02/04/2020 at 16:20

Canal+ refusing to pay due TV rightsinstallments to Ligue 1 in France and thought to be the 'Major Overseas Broadcaster' who have appointed Howard Kennedy LLP to sue the EPL over its lack of response to the crisis.

Cue other broadcasters doing the same - Blades Bankrupt Before Ben's Birthday*





(June if you're wondering) 

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#156 02/04/2020 at 17:20

The RFU have today decided the promotion/relegations in Rugby Union (below the Premiership) on a "best playing record formula" whatever that means!

"Newcastle Falcons are set to have their promotion to the Premiership confirmed as they have a 100 per cent record, bottom club Yorkshire Carnegie (L**ds so no loss there) face relegation as they have lost every game. 

13.11.2010 at 20.51 emre...tbh, Hoylands goal gave me a semi 

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#157 02/04/2020 at 19:44

Carnegie scum 

PARRY CAN GO F@#* HIMSELF!! 

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#158 03/04/2020 at 12:54

The restart date for the Premier League will be pushed back on Friday.

All 20 Premier League clubs will meet via video and it is accepted by all that there is no hope of professional games being played immediately after the current 30 April deadline.

The Premier League could shift the date back into May or opt to follow Spain and France, who have shut down their leagues for an indefinite period.

Italy have talked of Serie A returning in late May, but that seems optimistic.

European governing body Uefa has written a joint letter with the European Clubs' Association and the European Leagues urging domestic bodies not to abandon their competitions.

Leagues across Europe have been told that ending competitions early could result in them forfeiting Champions League and Europa League places.

Pushing the date back would allow Premier League clubs the chance to offer their stadiums and medical staff to the National Health Service, knowing they would not be required in the short term.

That would at least correct some of the negative publicity that has accompanied news that four clubs, including Tottenham, are already using the government's furlough scheme to compensate laid-off workers by up to £2,500-a-month, despite their players and manager Jose Mourinho, some of whom earn in excess of £100,000-a-week, remaining on full pay.

Talks between the Premier League, Football League and both the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) and League Managers' Association (LMA) are continuing, with clubs expected to be updated on this at Friday's meeting.

Explanation for the delay in players accepting pay cuts or, more likely, wage deferrals - including the fact they are financial assets of their clubs in addition to employees and have watertight contracts which, in some cases, expire on 30 June - has cut little ice with many within the general public and also some politicians, who have made their displeasure clear.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Brighton counterpart Graham Potter have both taken the personal decision to accept significant cuts without waiting for any central directive from the LMA.

What are Premier League clubs doing to plug the coronavirus cashflow gap?

Talks about a resumption are also anticipated, when the prospect of games being played behind closed doors, potentially in a limited number of locations, will be discussed.

Training grounds have been mentioned as potentially hosting games, although it is difficult to work out how this would be a safer environment than stadiums, which, evidently, are built to host matches that, by definition, need to be broadcast in order to avoid the £750m repayment to TV companies that would be triggered by a failure to complete the current season.

That such a scenario has even been discussed underlines the overwhelming desire among Premier League clubs, which remains to complete the season in its entirety.

However, Premier League sources are equally adamant nothing will be agreed that places any unnecessary strain on medical resources at a time of national crisis.

Even in a sterile environment it is acknowledged how bad it would look for the game if a player needed hospital treatment for a broken leg at a time when significant numbers of the general population were dying of coronavirus.

So, alternative options are being discussed, in England and across Europe.

Insiders at European football's governing body Uefa have confirmed that places reserved in next season's Europa League for domestic cup winners would revert to league positions if those tournaments were not completed.

The Belgian League has become the first to declare its season over, although with 29 games out of 30 in the regular league programme already played, effectively it has abandoned the play-off system that should have followed and is seen as a special case.

Of more consequence for the major leagues is the massive financial hit taken by Ligue 1 after their domestic rights holders Canal+ and beIN Sports confirmed an intention to withhold the latest payment, which was due on 5 April.

Should France, Italy or Spain close their leagues down for the season, that is likely to have far reaching consequences for the game given, together with England, 16 out of the 28 teams remaining in the Champions or Europa Leagues come from one of those four countries.

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#159 04/04/2020 at 12:33

The Saturday 3pm live tv coverage block has been lifted by UEFA in a bid to make behind closed doors games more accessible 

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#160 04/04/2020 at 12:56

I’ve paused my sports package with virgin media. Whenever they start up again, I’m thinking I’ll cancel completely. I can’t justify supporting the EPL, however tenuously, any more.

I’ll ask about a sport pack that excludes EPL (and chumps league). If it’s not available, tough. I’ll miss the cricket and a few other bits but the money saved can help the pub trade recover. 

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#161 04/04/2020 at 13:44

I’ve paused my sports package with virgin media. Whenever they start up again, I’m thinking I’ll cancel completely. I can’t justify supporting the EPL, however tenuously, any more.

I’ll ask about a sport pack that excludes EPL (and chumps league). If it’s not available, tough. I’ll miss the cricket and a few other bits but the money saved can help the pub trade recover.
WallaceAndGrummitt, 04/04/2020 at 12:56


I'll echo that sentiment. I've found I'm watching prem matches because I've paid for it, not because I really want to. Pub sounds like a plan. 

2019/20, the promotion party starts now!!!! 

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#162 04/04/2020 at 14:31

Why does the PL think they will be allowed to play behind closed doors?
In terms of influence in determining what is best for the country their relevance is jack shit.
Nothing will be allowed to take place until the lockdown is relaxed. The signs indicate that this will be a very gradual relaxation when it happens and essential goods, services and activities will be the priorities.
A sour, rat faced Strine wanker's business empire will be way down the list. Get fucked PL - you are totally irrelevant in the scheme of things.  

Fuck 'em. This city will always be ours. 

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#163 04/04/2020 at 16:06

https://mobile.twitter.com/lauriewhitwell /status/1246427016641069057


Interviewed Jacob + Josh Murphy when they played against each other in PL + they were properly nice lads. Now they’re out delivering prescriptions to elderly residents in Norfolk. Part of Downham Market volunteer group for last two days + for foreseeable. Lovely 

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#164 04/04/2020 at 17:25

Swansea Away would have been today's defeat Bigsmile

Happy clapping for 4 years more than Emre 

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#165 04/04/2020 at 18:14

You interviewed them? Fair play if so! 

PARRY CAN GO F@#* HIMSELF!! 

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#166 04/04/2020 at 18:56

The Premier League faces a £762m financial penalty if the season does not resume, players have been told.

Such a penalty would apply if broadcasters demanded refunds on games they could not show, the league said during a conference call on Saturday.

During the call with the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), the Premier League explained why it wants players to drop wages by 30%.

Clubs and players will discuss the plan with talks set to go into next week.

That is because the Premier League is not mandated to make such a decision and it has to be agreed by the players and coaches.

As well as the PFA, which is the players' union, representatives from the League Managers' Association - the managers' union - were also involved in Saturday's call, which was concluded in less than an hour with no agreement reached.

During the meeting, the league said the season will almost certainly be played behind closed doors if it resumes.

It also warned that, in addition to the penalties payable to broadcasters, hundreds of millions of pounds could be lost in sponsorship and matchday revenue because the season has been suspended.

The Premier League announced on Fridaythat it would ask players to take a 30% pay cut in order to protect jobs.

There are issues to be sorted out, though, as the PFA and leading agents think wage deferrals rather than cuts are preferable at this stage.

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#167 04/04/2020 at 22:38

Blades , among others will be fucked 

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#168 05/04/2020 at 10:34

Swansea Away would have been today's defeat Bigsmile
mkowl, 04/04/2020 at 17:25

Thumbsup

We must not give opposition teams hope. We have to kill them. 

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#169 05/04/2020 at 10:40

https://mobile.twitter.com/lauriewhitwell /status/1246427016641069057


Interviewed Jacob + Josh Murphy when they played against each other in PL + they were properly nice lads. Now they’re out delivering prescriptions to elderly residents in Norfolk. Part of Downham Market volunteer group for last two days + for foreseeable. Lovely
P_O_T_R, 04/04/2020 at 16:06

Good lads.  

We must not give opposition teams hope. We have to kill them. 

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#170 06/04/2020 at 12:39

Blades , among others will be fucked
Andyben, 04/04/2020 at 22:38


Good job they have not borrowed against these expected earnings Huh

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#171 06/04/2020 at 12:41

i know, and can't afford to buy out mccabe 

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#172 06/04/2020 at 13:53

Bayern Munich were among a number of Bundesliga clubs to return to training for the first time since the campaign was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The champions trained in groups of five but without any contact, as did Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg.

Bottom side Paderborn worked in small groups and coach Steffen Baumgart said it was important for players to "get the ball on their feet again".

Germany's top flight has been suspended since 13 March until at least 30 April.

"It goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed," Bayern Munich said in a statement. "Training will take place with no members of the public present.

"In order to further slow the spread of the coronavirus, Bayern asks fans to continue to follow the instructions of the authorities and therefore please do not come to the Bayern training ground."

Bayern were top of the league at the time of the season being stopped, four points clear of Borussia Dortmund.

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#173 06/04/2020 at 19:57

The BBC chief medical journo has done a piece in a hospital in London pretty stark viewing. The penny also dropped that the rate infection is different across the U.K. and Europe meaning its quite difficult to decide when the restrictions can be eased/ lifted - derrr.
At which point he commented June seems like a fairly realistic projection as to when things could be eased, yep.

So, hasn't it been obvious since this all started the European competitions are going to be really difficult to complete before the middle of summer, into June/ July.

Similarly, the PL and EFL surely can't be thinking a finish on a similar time scale is realistic without compromising next season.

Two things spring to mind for me.
1, the PL decide they must finish (the season) it to avoid the penalties that have been mentioned (or they somehow agree something with Sky for the remainder of the contract at a reduced cost)
2, the cups get scrapped to free up match days and the number international breaks is reduced, which might be needed anyway because I should imagine international travel will be restricted for awhile given the fact that countries are dealing with this at different paces and in differing ways. 

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#174 06/04/2020 at 20:51

Plans are advanced to take PL squads to their own hotel for 6 weeks with no family contact to play games behind closed doors to complete the season.

Is what I'm hearing on good authority.

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#175 06/04/2020 at 21:22

Plans are advanced to take PL squads to their own hotel for 6 weeks with no family contact to play games behind closed doors to complete the season.

Is what I'm hearing on good authority.
Skamp, 06/04/2020 at 20:51


Not arguing that they are looking at it, PL can probably afford it but aren't all Hotels closed. I wouldn't have thought there are many places you could go that would be suitable and you'd need 20 of these places. I assume the Hotel would have to be in lock down, rather like that care home in Sheffield where the staff are staying at the home to look after their residents.

Hard to see the EFL being able to do this, it would be difficult for the Championship clubs as well. 

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#176 06/04/2020 at 23:03

Sure saw something about all matches to be played at St George's Park.

There are a couple of large holes there.  

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#177 06/04/2020 at 23:20

The more football goes on about football the more I am hating football at the moment  

Happy clapping for 4 years more than Emre 

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#178 06/04/2020 at 23:42

The more football goes on about football the more I am hating football at the moment
mkowl, 06/04/2020 at 23:20


Stopped caring ages ago, only come here for the politics.

Wish people would stop clogging up the site with footy 

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#179 06/04/2020 at 23:49

Self obsessed wankers, just scrap the fucking season

Talk about insignificant 

The Wednesday  

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#180 07/04/2020 at 01:08

The more football goes on about football the more I am hating football at the moment
mkowl, 06/04/2020 at 23:20

Salute

We must not give opposition teams hope. We have to kill them. 

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