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Plans for remainder of FPL season to be decided on Thursday

The future of the 2019/20 Premier League season is set to be reviewed at another emergency meeting next week.

The top division of England’s football pyramid, as well as all EFL leagues, has been suspended until April 4 in light of the recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United Kingdom.

The Premier League postponed all matches from Gameweeks 30 and 31 on Friday and explained that there would be further decisions made about the rest of the campaign in due course.

Thursday, March 19, has been pencilled in for their next emergency meeting on the subject, so Fantasy Premier League managers may want to stay tuned for further updates then.

However, there are a number of other key dates for our diaries before then.

Tuesday will see UEFA host a video conference with all 55 national federations under its jurisdiction to decide the future of the Champions League, Europa League and, crucially Euro 2020.

The fate of this summer’s major international tournament is expected to hold the key to what options Europe’s top leagues will have when attempting to complete the 2019/20 season.

Fantasy managers should also pay close attention to any updates coming from UK prime minister Boris Johnson in the coming days.

It was reported on Saturday morning that the British government are contemplating a u-turn on their decision not to ban mass gatherings, such as sporting fixtures.

If such legislation does come into force in the coming days, it could well extend beyond the Premier League’s current return-date of April 4, although, at this stage, we do not know what the government’s exact plans will be.

Furthermore, England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty claimed that the peak of COVID-19 outbreak in the UK is likely to occur in May and June.

Meanwhile, another FPL name was added to the list of those that had tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, this time Wolves forward Patrick Cutrone (£5.5m), currently on loan at Italian side Fiorentina.

That news came on a surreal day for Fantasy managers and football fans worldwide, as we were left with no matches to watch other than non-league fixtures.

Southampton made light of the situation on their official club Twitter, attempting to play a game of noughts and crosses with Gameweek 30 opponent Norwich City.

The Canaries’ media team were conspicuous by their absence but Manchester City dropped by to accept Southampton’s invitation of a competitive match.

Naturally, the two sides drew their inaugural noughts and crosses bout.

Elsewhere, Saturday was a day for the executive members of football clubs in the Premier League to have their say.

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber was one of those, who expressed his concern over when the Premier League could resume.

“We’ve got several teams in self-isolation, which makes it difficult to think about that date. Those players have not just got to self-isolate for 14 days, they’ve got to get themselves close to match fitness again, which could take another seven to 14 days. So we’ve got a number of complexities here, which go way beyond thinking of the finances.” – Paul Barber

Meanwhile, West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady caused some controversy as she made early claims that the 2019/20 Premier League season would have to be declared null and void.

“There is no dodging the possibility that all levels in the EFL, as well as the Premier League, will have to be cancelled and this season declared null and void because if the players can’t play the games can’t go ahead.” – Karren Brady

Also, Wolves chairman Jeff Shi has called on supporters to do everything they can to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“I appeal to our supporters to follow our lead, and to stay as safe as possible during what will no doubt be a very testing time. Please don’t underestimate the threat of this virus, to you or those around you, and employ best practice to limit the spread, including good hygiene and proper social distancing, which are both key.” – Jeff Shi

In better news, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who was the first Premier League figure to contract COVID-19, has revealed that he is doing much better.

“Thanks for your words and support. We’re all facing a huge and unprecedented challenge. Everyone’s health is all that matters right now. Protect each other by following the guidelines. We’ll come through this together.” – Mikel Arteta

For more details on how the recent suspension of the top-flight will affect Fantasy Premier League CLICK HERE.

For the official NHS advice on what to do if you think you or someone you know has COVID-19, CLICK HERE.

630 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Deulofail
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Rice, Rice, Baby
    Rice, Rice, Baby
    All right stop
    Isolate infection
    Declan's back with a brand new confection
    Something grabs a hold of me tightly
    Flu like a harpoon daily and nightly
    Will it ever stop?
    Yo, I don't know
    Turn off the lights and I'll glow
    To the extreme, drinking pints of Pepto-Bismols
    Keeping elders safe and sucking tons of f*cking Strepsils

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Declan's back with a brand new contagion, would fit better.

      1. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Nice. But the Strepsils. But nice.

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Check out the hook...

  2. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    So just tried all your recommendations on the previous page. I think I need to go and see a doctor now.

    Laters....

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Ask for some covid testing kits while you're there will ya!?

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        They gave me a bag of onions 😮

        1. Deulofail
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          😆 Play some real sport with them

    2. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      if they ask you to explain, i got away with;

      'well i did a big shop at the grocers so when i got home, I needed to clear some space in the cupboards.

      I climbed up onto the kitchen surface and my trousers fell down (taking with them, my underpants).

      This caused me to lose my balance and i fell onto the unpacked shopping, and those vegetables went straight up there'

      Naturally, with the defrosting efficiencies perviously describer, this story will check out as nothing will be frozen by the time you get to A&E 😎

      1. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        This saga is better than Stranger Things.

        And Stranger.

        With more Things.

        1. 7shadesofsmoke
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          its been a quiet week from an actual FPL perspective, wouldn't it be amazing of tips on putting vegetables up your bumhole made it into the community roundup 😆

          1. Deulofail
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            It's certainly been inspirational to me.

            A full aubergine. Not just a tip.

            1. 7shadesofsmoke
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              😆

              Thats an innate gift mate, you could make a lot of money off of that

              1. Deulofail
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Innate, yes. It is deep within me.

          2. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            At least a ‘Hot’ Topic....

      2. Greek Freak
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        You could just say you didn't wand to pay for the extra bags so you carried them home like that. Defrosting them at the same time is a nice bonus.

        1. 7shadesofsmoke
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          saving the environment at the cost of your anus.

          Valuable lesson there

      3. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        😆

      4. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        hilarious - ideal reading when I've had a bit too much sparkling shiraz

      5. No Professionals
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Someone has watched Ricky Gervais live!

        1. 7shadesofsmoke
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          😆

  3. Greek Freak
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    How about we watch some real sport for a change:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/51693087

    1. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      is there a fantasy league?

      1. Greek Freak
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        We actually tried to create a fantasy league at my university pool league, but plans were scrapped due to no interest 😀

        1. 7shadesofsmoke
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          who would've believed it?! 😆

          1. Greek Freak
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            It was hard enough trying to get enough people to play pool in real life.

    2. Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Would be better with onions

  4. Tower Bridge
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Just heard interesting rumour. That for next season if games cannot be completed, Liverpool will be crowned champions, there will be no relegation but West Brom and Leeds will be promoted. Then in 20/21 5 teams will be relegated to set numbers right.

    1. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Wont happen

    2. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      That would be effingwell awesome - more gameweeks and Villa get a chance to do it properly 😆

    3. Tim Canterbury
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      You can’t crown a team champs who haven't mathematically won it. If they had done there was a chance.

      1. Earthling
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        It's a business. They can do whatever they want, unless you're saying it's illegal or something.

        1. Fitzy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          You saying they can crown Norwich champions if they want?

          1. Earthling
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            I hadn't thought about it like that and see your point. They still could though. It would just be breaking their stipulated rule in an absurd way. Idk the wording of the rules btw.

          2. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Norwich mathematically couldn’t be champions, so only City or Liverpool could be Champions in this scenario

            1. Fitzy.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              Thanks for clarifying.

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                😉

    4. GanonTEK
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I like it

    5. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      That wasn"t a rumour. Sky were trying to promote it yesterday. The lawyers are waiting with pound signs in their eyes.

  5. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Didnt see many donations from football players so far and we care will about premier league and will they play and when...

    1. Quite Big Dunc
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Everton in the Community (which sets the standard for community outreach programmes) have been busy contacting the more vulnerable members of the community to offer support/food packages etc.

    2. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      What’s the correlation here?

      Pogba made a £27k donation earlier apparently

    3. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      They earning millions. Pogba sitting at home 3 months doing nothing and earning 350 K a week and he donated 27 K. WoW. Just Wow.

      1. 7shadesofsmoke
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Im assuming you've donated significantly more than 15% of your weekly income?

        Pogba annual tax deductions probably cover more or the NHS wages than most of the neighbourhoods who use the service.

      2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Chances are it's probably not the only cause he's donated to.

    4. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      many people donate anonymously.

      Plenty of us care outside of the FPL implications but your posting on an FPL site so unless you came here looking for FPL bants you're going to be disappointed at the attitudes/personas more commonly expressed

  6. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Anyone else heard Wayne Rooneys idea?? Makes complete sense!!! More intelligent than he looks!!! Haha

    1. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      grow hair on your back and transplant to your head?

      would help if you specified the idea 😆

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Hahaha yeah I guess it would be haha, he’s suggesting finish of this season when possible throughout this year and start the next two seasons in the in the winter and this would bring it in line with the World Cup that Qatar bought in 2022, which the second of the season would have finished some time before its starts

        1. 7shadesofsmoke
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          😀

          Could work - unprecedented situation they're facing, i think its too early to announce a plan until public health plans are settled but im sure they've got a few options in mind - that probably one of them

          1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yeah your absolutely bang on there mate and going to be a while before anything concrete is decided that’s for sure!!

        2. Bare Foot United
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Nice One Rooney

        3. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          1 when would pre season start ( they have to rest and train

          2 where would the Euro's fit?

  7. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    'Fantasy managers should also pay close attention to any updates coming from UK prime minister Boris Johnson in the coming days.'

    Never thought we'd be dissecting a presser from the PM.

  8. ninja
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Next 2 weeks of fts I can do
    Aurier and Rico > Alonso and Dann
    Thoughts??

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      No football chill

    2. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      not thinking about trannies until the next deadline - and thats only because i now have 2 and don't want one to be wasted.

      UK landscape is changing almost daily in response to the growing pandemic, seems pointless to look at transfers right now

  9. ACAB
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    On lockdown here in Spain & cases are still going up & up, UK no doubt have this coming. I can't see any way the season is going to restart

    1. Keeptrying
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yeah, I fully expect that too.
      It will be bad here in the UK because of incompetent government.
      Heard experts say that the effect of every wasted day to go into lockdown will only show about two weeks later in high number of cases and sadly fatalities.

      Stay safe!

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I disagree entirely. They have the country's foremost experts and brains on the case - what makes you so sure that an alternative strategy is better? Time will tell I suppose.

        1. Keeptrying
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          They do not seem to have the best experts on it.
          Over 200 top scientists have openly disagreed and asked to see the data on which the government's scientific advisers are basing there recommendation.
          https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51892402

          WHO does not understand why UK reacts that way either.

          Former UK health ministers also surprised.
          And so on and so on.

          Just because some come up with fancy graphs and talk of herd immunity as well as behavioral science mumbo jumbo, does not make it right.
          Especially when many more experts point to the opposite and that the terms are used in a wrong context and under wrong assumptions.

          In fact, the UK government is starting to back track on some of the statements they made. Utterly incompetent.

          1. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            https://twitter.com/ViralRNA/status/1238931540089987074?s=20

            Google those 200 'scientists'. One of them has a specialism in Astronomy. Didn't realise an Astromony degree was so useful in predicting how a virus spreads.

            Per the BBC report you linked:

            "the 229 specialists in disciplines ranging from mathematics to genetics - though no leading experts in the science of the spread of diseases"

            1. Keeptrying
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Thanks for your input and appreciate your points!

              They have a wide range of specialisms, some more or less related to it.

              When it comes to interpretation of data, experts from a wide field can give an input.

              But if you want to rely on experts from a closely related field only: Why is it then that virtually no one else from other countries says: Hang on, we got it all wrong, let the virus loose and herd immunity is the way forward?

              Not sure if this guy is more credible, but here we go (obviously US based, so did not sign the UK stuff I mentioned earlier):
              https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/15/epidemiologist-britain-herd-immunity-coronavirus-covid-19

              I'd rather be wrong and have us all be safe, but I worry that the wrong course of action has been taken here 🙁

              Thanks for reading 🙂

          2. Corgzzzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            nonsense........

      2. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Too early to say incompetent government, IMO. If there was an obvious right answer then every would be doing exactly the same thing.

        Thought these tweets did a good job of explaining what the UK Government are trying to do.

        https://twitter.com/amyvoce/status/1239161277454442498?s=20
        https://twitter.com/ShippersUnbound/status/1238776232742924291?s=20

        Spain and Italy in lockdown. But who is to say they won't get screwed in the next European winter because loads of the population have been locked up?

        At the moment I trust Whitty and Vallance and the teams backing them up. I do think the Government could be better at communicating the message though, starting with daily press conferences.

        1. Keeptrying
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I see your point.
          And you are right as well, they could be right. But that would be because they are gambling with lives.
          I watched the press conference live. When pressed, they did not want to commit to a figure of how many people could possibly die with their strategy.

          Certainly they way how they communicated could be improved.

          Guess we will all have to wait and see.

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          +1
          I think that the scientists are doing OK - they have the necessary degree of gravitas and explain things well. Politicians I am less sure of. If everything shuts down who is going to look after all the children of the NHS workers? We're in unchartered waters and I hope that the UK approach turns out to be a sensible one.

          1. Keeptrying
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            They do have gravitas and make it sound good - that is part of their job in this context (scientic advisors)

            But they were lucky it was only questioned by regular journalists.

            I am not surprised other scientists have questioned them publicly afterwards.

            There are just too many question marks and they can blind some parts of the public by using flatten the curve, herd immunity and behavioural fatigue, talking about the right timing of measures etc.

            Anyway, it is what it is.

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Nah, with this much money involved they’ll find a way.

    3. ACAB
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      The thinking here is that a vaccination is only a matter of time so the less people die until then the better. Boris & his circus look to be gambling on the herd principle & "over 70's locked down for a very long time" which simply will not work.

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Joe Rogan #1439 with Michael Osterholm is a great watch/listen on this if you have 90 mins to kill

      This guy is director of CIDRAP (Centre for Infectious Diseases Research & Policy) in the US & has written books on this stuff - including one in 2017 on the possibility of a global influenza pandemic

      Lots of sense talked, lots of myths debunked, lots of sobering advice

      1. Keeptrying
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Thanks for sharing this!

        Just skimmed through one transcript, really interesting stuff.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          It’s worth watching on YouTube, but the podcast is equally good - pretty chilling in places mind you 🙁

          1. Keeptrying
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Just started watching, already hooked after the start.
            92 more minutes to go on youtube

            Thanks again

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Really good podcast, thanks for the tip.

      3. ACAB
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Ta Maximus, I will have a look, got all the time in the world for the next 2 weeks!!!
        Stay safe

    5. mirkomen77
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      This

      Euro 2020 won't happen either

  10. -Klaus-
    2 months, 13 days ago

    If season cannot be completed, final standings to be determined by a manager's Royal Rumble

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Baggsy myself entering at number 7,461,989.

      1. 7shadesofsmoke
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        what music are you coming out to?

        I always loved the Legion of Doom and Ultimate Warrior ring entrances.

        1. -Klaus-
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Gotta be Steve Austin's theme. The crowd reaction when the smashing glass drops!

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            The Gong gets the best reaction tbh

          2. Amey
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Though Austin is a fair shout.
            I like Rock/taker/Wyatt/Punk entrance music too

          3. Holmes
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            My fav is Edge's theme, especially when used for surprise appearance.

            Even Lesner's theme is decent.

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Yep.
              I like Kevin Owen's music too !
              Feels energetic

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Let me IN !

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Yeah
              Also the reactions Canadian stars get in Canada shows.
              Bret hart/KO/Zayn/Jericho

        3. MOTHRA
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Jim helwig!!! One of the best,

          The undertaker would be my choice.

        4. fedolefan
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Got to be Kurt Angle. You suck!!

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Might see a few manager changes.

  11. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    If season does eventually restart... this is a massive advantage for people who have used wildcard, so many transfers to get team better.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Plenty had set up for 31 so only fair.

    2. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      FPL could offer a free WC to all given the situation - completely unprecedented turn of events. Who know what will happen

      (that's who, not the World Health Organisation - although i would be interested to see if they have their own FPL mini league and what sort of strategies they've been thinking about :D)

      1. JJeyy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        we know theyll never do that tho. These rules are a bit odd tho, was expecting them just to freeze like it is

      2. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        That sounds fair on all the one's who have a wildcard left.. i don't think that would go down well

        1. 7shadesofsmoke
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          you get two if you already got one. Any takers?

          1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Could work. I guess people could see it as having a wildcard over somone who doesn't at all is a huge advantage. More so than having 2 vs 1. Imagine if world number 1 who had a wc left and the 3 or 4 below disny

            1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              * didn't . I would be fuming. I guess most would

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I presume that you mean "That doesn't sound fair on all the one's who have a wildcard left" . To give everyine another WC lessens the value of a retined existing one. To make the game fair they should lock the game after GW31 and only restart it when the matches start.

          1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD - ca…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yer.. exactly, that's what i mean

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Happy days 😀

      3. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I also think the same.
        But won't happen sadly.

      4. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        If they can reset your team after a freehit, they could offer those who did the 2nd wildcard the after gameweek just before the postponement was announced, a similar WC revoke and team reset? In fairness it's extraordinary circumstances and we're using that WC expecting a fairly stable set of fixtures.

    3. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A massive disadvantage for anyone that had been planning the blank GW

  12. The Mandalorian
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Both game weeks should have been played behind closed doors. The games could have been televised as normal.
    This avoids crowd issues.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      What about players infected already ?
      Manager's ?
      Ground staff ?

      1. The Mandalorian
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        The number of infected is extremely low and being over reported by the media who are driving up fear. As with anything if you're sick you don't attend work. Testing is available.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Arteta CHO etc would have came to contact of 2/3 teams first team stars for sure recently.

          It's very tricky to handle IMO.

    2. Agbonlahorse
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Doesn't avoid player issues though. They could easily contract it through playing and they presumably have families, vulnerables etc. They're not expendable for our entertainment.

    3. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Big fear there is that some fans will try and congregate near the closed door grounds, risk of infection and/or public order offences and clashes with police. Given the eejits still heading to the pubs here, totally irresponsible, it's more likely than unlikely.

    4. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Arteta infects a Brighton player. Brighton player then infects his family. Chain goes on.....

      Wayne Rooney sets out a common view amongst players:

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51896488

      1. The Mandalorian
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        How does arteta affect a Brighton player if he's at home quarantined, that makes no sense.

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          You just stated play these games behind closed doors. It is only because the clubs took it seriously that Arteta even knew he was infected. You want to play Russian roulette with the infection and use the football teams as guinea pigs. Exactly like Rooney said.

    5. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Agree a couple of players with an illness, hey ho, get over it.

    6. Quite Big Dunc
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Also, this disadvantages teams with more home fixtures left.

      As some managers and journalists have said, football is entertainment, so what’s the point in playing without a crowd?

      I caught the highlights of the Man Utd LASK game and it was like watching some blokes have a kick around on one of the local community pitches. It ruins the game.

      Also, as a season ticket holder, I personally would rather wait until games are deemed safe to attend, rather than play them without fans. I’m not massively bothered if they’re cancelled and I don’t get to see them at all if the circumstances dictate that though.

      1. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        They want to run the games off to sort out relegation/ promotion/EL and CL qualification and players futures based on those outcomes. Some players can decide to move, stay at same club based on end of season finish. Plus the revenue v relegation/ promotion/ staying in PL/ qualifying for Europe. That's football's reason. It's a load of bollo# though. They should start negotiating on how to keep players under contract or on loan spells beyond the end of June but ultimately be prepared to abandon the season because people's lives are more important.

  13. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    If the PL gets voided, what is everyone doing about their Mini Leagues?

    We have a guy in ours who has been 5th all season, just got to the top thanks to the Arsenal vs City game being postponed (many teams with 3/4 to play in our ML) and now claims he should be paid for 1st place if the PL is voided..

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      He's right.

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Hardly

      2. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        +1.

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Bookmakers would refund all long term bets if voided. You could do the same. You could consider paying out 50% if the pool ti the winners. Paying out in full too the winners would be unfair to those that still havs a shout. GL

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      ML’s should take lead from what PL do. If season voided so should FPL. If season completed ML’s go on and if season ends on basis of present positions with Liverpool winning title then the guy wins ML.

      1. Henning
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        This.

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      He should get it.
      Doesn't matter when/how he took the lead.
      (Not being rude, stating my opinion)

      1. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        hardly fair though is it on those who have been saving their chips, and those who have used their chips to get to the top before this all happened get paid out? especially when its so tight at the top we are talking a 10/15pts between 1st and 6th.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I know.
          The comment above mine is perfect i guess.
          Do what PL does.

          1. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            agreed

        2. Pino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Its not about what is fair or not..Its a extraordinary situation than no one could predict. Refund the money to everyone or declare the nr 1 as a winner.

      2. fedolefan
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        No way. I just got into the lead 2 weeks ago with a 8 point lead right now. I have BB, WC and FH left, while everyone trailing in my league has used all of their chips. I was also prepared with 9 for GW31 while they had like 4. If that 8 point lead was 9 points the other way, I would be seething if they were declared the winner. The PL has no chips that cause variance so I don't see why we should follow their lead. Following their lead in the draft game is fine but not in FPL.

      3. Jambot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah if anyone wins it the guy on top obviously should doesn’t matter how recently it happened

    5. Henning
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Im in lead with 60 points ahead of second place, all have same chips left.

      Have No idea how we gonna solve it.

    6. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      That is going to be a tricky question to answer for league admins.

      Options would be payout to final standings or money back which would be messy especially in large money leagues.I am in a largish 50 a man league with prizes and 50 for manager of the month which has been payed out to date.Not easy to sort out to everyone’s satisfaction.

      I am happy to leave any decision to the wisdom of any league admin I am involved with.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Wish there were more like you in this world then OGIE 🙂

    7. fusen
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I'm in a league of 92 and it was a £20 buy in. I'm currently 9th and my mate is 5th. So we are in the prize bracket.

      Personally I think everyone should just be refunded their £20 if the FPL season doesn't end.

      I'm confident I can get higher than 9th so I don't see why we should pretend the current positions are final.

    8. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      If the season stands null and void then so does FPL. All entrants should get their entry fees back in this case.

      If the season is completed and so is FPL then winners should be paid out.

      There could also be a case in which EPL season is completed in June and FPL is scrapped before. In that case also all entrants should get their entry fees back.

    9. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Go to my comments history, we had a big discussion on this a couple days back.

      You might find a few ideas on how to play things there.

    10. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I’m doing whatever fpl do. If the season is voided and they award their prizes on current standings I will award them too. if they void the season I will too. I personally think if it’s PL void then FPL is void and people should just get their money back but I’ll defer to whatever the official game does all the same

    11. chrismoo75
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Sounds like there is not much trust/friendships between people in ML's? I am 60 points up, been leading all season and we have agreed to pay any money due so far (due to spot prizes through year) but in event of no more games /incomplete season then the big end of season money won't get paid out.

    12. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      My cash league will pay out based on final standing.

  14. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    368 deaths in Italy in last 24 hours

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      OMG
      😮
      Even after complete lockdown !!

      1. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        yup... Horrible

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          We're in the middle a real life black mirror episode ...
          The worst thing is we can't switch it off when we want.

          Scary times

      2. Keeptrying
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        The effects from lockdown measures are not being reflected yet.
        The deaths now (and if I understand correctly for a few more days) are because of not having enforced lockdown earlier.

        Hence why a lot of the other countries such as France, Spain are going into lockdown having seen that any delay will cause dramatic rises (not sure if word exponentially applies here).

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Got your point.

          1. Keeptrying
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Like you said, scary times!

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      That could be pretty bad

      Apparently Italy’s 2019 mortality rate was 10.5 deaths per 1000 people... in a country with 60.48m population, that’s ~635,000 deaths per year - or 1,740 deaths per day

      If this means an EXTRA 368 deaths on top of the “normal” 1,740 per day then this is getting pretty out of hand - you could extrapolate that to some pretty big numbers over a year

      Hopefully my maths is all over the place here & it’s just totally wrong

      1. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Those mortality rates assume that all cases are 'confirmed' whereas in reality majority of the cases don't even get tested. Therefore the reported mortality rates are significantly higher than they actually are.

        The actual mortality rate is estimated to be 0.3% to 1.0%.

  15. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p086nzm5

    Deciding league position based on stats from about 29 mins.

  16. Don Van Vliet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    What should happen:

    *Cancel all European cup competitions
    *Postpone Euro 2020 until next summer
    *Complete domestic leagues under strict closed-door policy once/if all teams have enough (tbd) first team players and staff cleared and available

    1. Utd and Dallas Cowboys
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      If the 2nd point happens I assume they’ll rename the competition? Can hardly call it Euro 2020 if it’s being played in 2021

      1. Don Van Vliet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Obviously.

        Are you following me around now?

        1. Utd and Dallas Cowboys
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Eh? Who are you?

    2. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      The safest option I guess.

  17. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Guys off-topic..what is the status of wrestlemania??

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      WWE lost the plot, IMO.

      Pushing part-timers (Cena, Undertaker, Lesnar, Goldberg, Edge, Hardy) rather than promoting their existing talent who turn up every week (Styles, Rollins, Sheamus) and the youngsters (Velveteen Dream).

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Status? It’s still fake.

  18. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Anyone on FFS going to win one of the weekly prizes this GW?

  19. MOTHRA
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Trying again after new article ended it last time. Just a thought:

    Which players start the season well historically? Are there a few that are always quick of the mark?

    Given the long break we are likely to see, before PL restarts (If it does this season), could be worth looking at the early pace setters.

    1. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Salah, Aguero, Sterling, Richarlison. Antonio tends to do well when he is back from injuries.

      In terms of defenders probably those with settled teams and not many transfers in and out like Burnley and maybe Sheffield Utd.

  20. Brooksy86
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Down to my last few bog rolls...

    ... Need to crack on inventing the 3 Shells.

    1. Stoichkov#8
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Dont be sly, you can demolish your pants 😉

  21. Vasqujg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    How about the rest of the FPL schedule be played on a FIFA 2020 game console?

    In simulation mode with no human player?

    We can play the rest of the game weeks without disruption.

    Would be just a fun as the FPL season if they stream the simulations online.

    Would be awesome solution to a sad situation

    1. Stoichkov#8
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I had same idea 🙂
      Not gonna happen obv but someone could make a new fantasy game based on that till we get real football back (it can take a while Im afraid)

    2. Jonny HOW SON?
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Are you kidding me? FPL isn't a slot machine

      1. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        *laughs in bald fraud*

  22. Stoichkov#8
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    World Cup 2022 gonna be in Winter so we need to change system/callendar of leagues at some point so lets change the way we play leagues just now.

    We can finish this season in May/June/July/August. Euro gonna be in December on in 2021 anyway. Next season can start later and we can simply not play any domnestic cups like league cup etc. so there will be enough dates to play next season.

  23. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Contagious is brutal movie. Anyone to recomend some disaster movies ?

    1. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      The Last Jedi

    2. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Dr Strangelove

    3. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Disaster Movie but ironically.

    4. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Not a natural disaster or calamitous event, but a disaster on a personal level nonetheless:

      Falling Down

  24. Lindelol
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Hello English friends
    Just heard about herd immunity thing. It seems crazy. Sounds like a huge gamble.

    1. Swanremainsthesame
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      There are only two ways to stamp out the virus before a vaccine becomes available about 18 months from now
      1. The entire world all go into total effective isolation for a month at the exact same time.
      2. Develop herd immunity while keeping a lid on the vulnerable getting ill.

      Otherwise all a local shutdown does is have it aĺl kick off again as soon as the shutdown ends.

    2. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Seems logical if they want the league to resume with full stadiums! Could have a customary group makeout during the break

    3. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      It’s not a huge gamble. It’s a strong option in taking on a virus of this kind.

      Check this out;

      https://youtu.be/blkDulsgh3Q

  25. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Struggling to find more content about coronavirus. Any help is appreciated.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Drink some Corona

  26. ninja
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Next 2 weeks of fts I can do
    Aurier and Rico > Alonso and Dann
    Thoughts????

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Maybe on Friday.

  27. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    London is obviously the covid19 epicentre here in the UK. Government bangs on about hand cleanliness.
    Yet no tube stops (as an example) have any hand sanitizers or hand washing facilities yet. Why?

    1. Utd and Dallas Cowboys
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      On the face of it I think it’s a good idea. In reality I think it’s syphoned off into reusable bottles and sold pretty quick.

    2. Bennerman
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Good point.

      Couple of things that spring to mind are the speed with which things are developing, and that TFL are skint, like most public bodies, after the two millionaires Cameron and Osborne imposed austerity for the greater good. Hmm.

  28. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Mangala tested positive for Coronavirus despite showing no symptoms, that's worrying..

    1. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I mean he is beast. Only Corona can get Mangala

    2. Keeptrying
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      It has been known that you can (I think I even read it is more likely) infect others while not showing symptoms.

      Hence why many countries have chosen to enforce lockdowns.

      1. Bennerman
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 12 days ago

        No, you it is much less likely to pass it on while showing no symptoms. You are infectious while showing symptoms (eg coughing particularly).

        1. GREEN IS GOOD
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Those with mild COVID-19 infections may not be infectious after about 10 days of symptoms. ... People infected with the novel coronavirus shed large quantities of the virus early in their illness and likely become less infectious as the disease wears on, according to a small study.

    3. Bennerman
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Many will show no symptoms, very very many won't even get tested (vast majority). You won't even hear about most people who have it and have mild symptoms or no symptoms.

      Thought we knew all this as we're all reading up on this all day (between games of Connect 4).

    4. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Lots of young people will be asymptomatic

    1. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Corona experience