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Euro 2020 postponed until next year after UEFA talks

This summer’s European Championship has been postponed until 2021, which could help the current Premier League season be eventually completed.

The month-long tournament had been due to get underway on June 12 but has now been put back a year following a meeting involving UEFA, its 55 member associations, the European Club Association, the European Leagues and FIFPro on Tuesday.

The news had been widely expected, with football on the continent having been brought to a halt following the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The announcement first came not from UEFA themselves but the Norwegian FA, who posted the following tweet on Tuesday lunchtime:

UEFA confirmed the news later, issuing the following statement:

CONMEBOL, the governing body of football in South America, swiftly followed suit by announcing that this summer’s Copa America, which was scheduled to run at the same time as Euro 2020, would also be put back until next year.

The postponement of the European Championship and the Copa America raises hopes that domestic club competitions can now be seen through to a delayed conclusion, with the summer now freed up to accommodate the backlog of fixtures.

Indeed, UEFA said in the above statement:

The move will help all domestic competitions, currently on hold due to the COVID-19 emergency, to be completed.

A working group has been set up with the participation of leagues and club representatives to examine calendar solutions that would allow for the completion of the current season.

The spread of COVID-19 and the uncertainty over when the pandemic will peak means that doubts still exist over when any kind of sport will be able to recommence but the lack of international football in June and July does give the Premier League (and its counterparts on the continent) some leeway in order to complete the 2019/20 campaign.

The Premier League are set to hold their next emergency meeting on Thursday, to firm up their own short-term plan of action.

Fantasy Premier League will likely follow suit thereafter.

Currently, top-flight football in England is due to restart on April 4 – though that appears increasingly unlikely given the escalating COVID-19 crisis.

The Gameweek 31 deadline looks set to stay as is, with no fixtures taking place (as happened with Gameweek 30), although it remains to be seen how FPL deal with the Gameweeks to come after the decimated international break, especially if a resumption of play is not possible until the summer.

When and if the Champions League and Europa League will be able to restart is another question, with movement between a number of countries now restricted and the UK’s Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, announcing today:

UK travellers abroad now face widespread international border restrictions and lockdowns in various countries.

The FCO [Foreign and Commonwealth Office] will always consider the safety and the security of British nationals.

So, with immediate effect, I’ve taken the decision to advise British nationals against non-essential travel globally for an initial period of 30 days and of course subject to ongoing review.

We’ve heard nothing official from UEFA yet as to how they plan to proceed with the Champions League and Europa League, although Spanish newspaper Marca reported that the finals of the two competitions have been put back by four weeks.


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418 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    How many games do you predict to be played between now and the end of the PL season?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      will be played*

      1. mox81
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        All or nothing, following today's announcement sound like all!

    2. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I hope they get it all done, even behind closed doors. Why can't they just cancel next season if we're going months ahead? The only fair thing to do is complete the season.

      All other options I've seen have some form of unfair element to them. It would be unfair to void the season as so many would be stripped of success and it would be unfair to end it as it is now as mathematically so much is still possible. Finishing the season is the ONLY fair option.

      1. DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        I should say FPL is completely separate though. Although my views are the same I have no faith the FPL website can adapt to the changes. There's a chance they will just cancel this seasons game 🙁 , even if the league got completed later in the season.

        1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Good

      2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        There is no fair answer. Even finishing it is unfair in many ways.

        1. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          I mean in sporting terms. Surely finishing the season isn't unfair? If not how so?

          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Well there's the contract thing. Different teams will be in different situations regarding the contracts of their players.

            Even the injury situation. A team like Spurs will benefit because they will all of a sudden have the likes of Kane and Son back. Or the opposite, other teams may lose players to injury or even the coronavirus when otherwise they would have had a fit squad.

            I'm not saying it's not the 'fairest' way, just that no way is completely fair.

            1. Releasebreaks
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              No point what you are saying, nobody expect Coronavirus, therefore if the PL decide to resume the season later on, injuries and contracts is not excuse to be an unfair situation.
              In this case i can also say that is unfair for Spurs paying millions for players like Kane/Son and they not been playing most of the games this season because they got injury.

              Every team need to play with their guns.

          2. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Cancelling next season is just as unfair. Are you a pool , leeds or west Brom fan pal? Just intrigued

            1. Jambot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Cancelling something that’s 3/4 finished is obviously more unfair than delaying the start of something that hasn’t even started yet? Sounds more like you want it cancelled

              1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Well yeah . I do, i've not hidden that fact but my point is that playing teams once per season is not a fair way either

    3. Optimus.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      0 unfortunately

    4. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Zilch.

    5. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Deoends on how the mainland combats and copes with Coronavirus.

    6. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      All the ones in my Steam library and all the old console games i have.

      On a more serious note why risk even playing one as there is little or no chance of playing out the season anyway TM?

    7. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      If you mean between now and the scheduled end of the season then none, but I expect all outstanding PL fixtures to be played eventually. From August onwards maybe.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        So FPL has ended on that scenario?

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          I'd expect FPL just to carry on exactly as it is, meaning a massive GW38.

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Same GW38 deadline and use bench boost?

            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Yeah exactly that. If it does happen like that there's gonna be a massive variation of good and bad luck for everyone. Weeks and weeks of games and you can't alter your team for the games.

              1. Sharkytect
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Sounds like pld school fantasy football that we played in the newspapers.

                Awesome

                1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  I actually miss those good old days.

    8. Make America Greta Again
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      All the games, just that the season will finish in May 2021.

    9. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      None.

    10. Amey
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      All.
      Not sure about when though

    11. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Do you mean before 17th May 2020?

      If so - It’ll be a miracle if there’s even a single game imo as it’s only 8 weeks away

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Yeah, GW38 deadline.

  2. DeadStar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Favourite all time movie?

    Aliens for me - loved it as a kid. Love it now.

    1. Monkey Hanger
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Trainspotting.

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Different answer whenever I'm asking. There are a few.

      First film off the top of my head.

      Duel

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        ...I'm *asked

    3. Make America Greta Again
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      The Third Man, atmospheric.

    4. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Groundhog Day.

    5. Optimus.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Dobbie does Gallas

    6. Amey
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Pirates of carabian 3.
      One in which Captain Jack sparrow comes back from Davy Jones pseudo death.

      I just love the climax of the movie too much. The fight inside the storm is too good 😀

    7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Keep coming back to Big Lebowski - but there are too many to choose from

      1. DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        There's already a couple I haven't seen here. May try to watch them now.

    8. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Groundhog Day.

    9. Azathoth
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      The Cook,The Thief,His Wife & Her Lover

      1. Optimus.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        No, just your own favourite movie

    10. FOO FIGHTER
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Gladiator.

    11. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Rise of the footsoldier is up there.

    12. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Groundhog Day

    13. GREEN IS GOOD
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Contagion

    14. shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Withnail & I

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        That, along with Napoleon Dynamite, is honestly at the top of my most overrated films of all time list.

    15. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Wedding Crashers

      1. ted mcsheenery
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        L'annee derniere a Marienbad

    16. Gnu Scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Top 10 will change from time to time but this classic always remains.
      The Godfather (1 & 2 if allowed)

    17. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      too many, but I feel like this underrated masterpiece deserves a mention - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

      1. Lukakuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        An incredibly underrated film! The cinematography is as good as it gets

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Yes!

    18. AuFeld
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Jaws.

    19. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Jean de Florette and Manson des Sources spring to mind, but it’s hard to pick an all time favourite.

  3. Amey
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    If all games get played somehow & FPL sticks with its stubborn approach re deadlines, GW 38 with 9-11 fixtures for teams looks possible right ?

    Picking team based on ticker then 😀

    I'm hopeful that everything settles down first. Football FPL etc is secondary thing. (Although i love both too much)

    1. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      This is my big concern. The Premier league may be able to complete, but FPL won't.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        They can stretch the deadline of last GW.

        1. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Do you really think they would just do one huge GW38 over cancelling the game? I'm not sure what I'd prefer 🙂

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Same here tbh buddy.
            It'd be massive OR swinging GW.

            It's easiest thing to do i guess. They have kept 2 gw's deadline Same so don't see any real problems why they won't do same with another 7 gw's

          2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Knowing FPL I would be surprised if they didn't keep it as one big GW.

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Good to see you in support of the same theory.

              Chips wasted would be huge though for many. I only have FH left so maybe I'm biased when looking at this outcome

              1. baps sniffer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Me neither. But they could also add gw:s.

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  I seriously doubt that

                  1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 26 days ago

                    Yeah they could but I doubt they would. I think they just want to go down the easiest route. Having a massive GW38 means they literally don't need to change a thing with their coding.

                    1. Amey
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 26 days ago

                      Yep yep
                      Lazy 😀

                2. baps sniffer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Reply fail to e fail...

      2. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Sorry but if the EPL does resume and complete why would FPL not be able to? Am I missing something?

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          He's saying GW 38 would pass us by without football being played.

          1. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Ah ok yeah. It's a bit silly how they have done this. GW 30 should be whenever the games start again instead of just letting the gameweeks go by when no actual games are being played

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Exactly
              Lazy lazy FPL.
              It's free i agree, but it's Matter of so many things for us idiots who are discussing FPL amongst a calamity 😀

              1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                That's it. IT'S FREE . They owe us nothing

        2. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          The website doesn’t seem very adaptable, especially when it comes to rearranging/adding game weeks.

    2. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Sounds like time to BB with decent TV.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Definitely
        I've used mine already for 5 points return 😀
        I hope you're go awesome if it comes to Same outcome

      2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Most definitely. It's still gonna come down to luck though. Some people will have half their players injured in the very first game while others will have players play and tear it up every single game.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          The ones all would overlook will kill it.
          Likes of Cancelo,Gunda,Perez,Pogba, Hurricane etc etc 😀

    3. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I think they should add gameweeks or call off the game. No point having one gameweek with so many games.

      I don't know how tough it is for FPL to change the deadlines or add gameweeks but it makes no sense to have all the game stuffed in one gameweek.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Kinda agree bro.
        But i think they won't add any gw's.
        They are strangely stubborn/lazy

        1. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          I agree on all. They need to look at adding game weeks even now. They have never done anything like that before, but there’s hope.

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 26 days ago

            That's the fairest thing to do i guess.
            Not sure easiest in their opinion

            1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Yeah there's a good chance it's something that can't be done easily done. But tbf they only had a few hours to come up the with a solution and this seemed an easy one. If the season was to start on 4th April then their solution could work.

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Which is why I'm not expecting any changes.
                They are not anticipating any changes IMO.
                Keeping it tight all the time. Pausing the FPL as soon as decision came out should have been the case.

                Maybe I'm overreacting (as always 😛 )

                1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  If they don't make changes I just hope it gets called off or the season doesn't start before GW38 deadline and they have to call it off.

                  1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 26 days ago

                    Even in the latter scenario they will probably just add the games in while GW38 is underway.

                    1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 26 days ago

                      Maybe. I'm in a lot of cash leagues and I'm not sure that sits well. It completely wipes away the team management aspect from the game which is what the game is about.

                      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 26 days ago

                        Yep, it's a complete schit show, but that's what I expect. It's even worse for H2H leagues.

        2. GREEN IS GOOD
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Don't think it's fair to keep calling FPL "lazy" - nobody knows when or if the EPL will resume, so there's no point in recoding the website until we all know more. This is an unprecedented and unpredictable situation.

          If and when a new schedule is announced, I'd imagine they might well pull out all the stops to add more GW's, or create a series of DGWs.

      2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        FPL aren't known for deviating from the rules. They might be crap at being consistent with points scoring etc, but when it comes to how the site works they never deviate no matter what reason.

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          No mention of how many gameweeks the game should have in the rules, but they do list when each deadline should be.

      3. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        It's easy for them to do, I could programme it blindfolded. They need to do it that way and I am surprised they didnt pause the game rather then suspend the 2 gameweeks currently.

        1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Is it really so easy?
          I know zero knowledge about game coding so I have no clue but I read some people ok Twitter suggesting that it might not be an easy task and they don't have many developers working on FPL.

        2. Bossworld
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Wildcard in '37' and BB in '38' then. Though given everyone would have 8 or more transfers before then, pretty much nullifies the wildcard

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 26 days ago

            What if 37 & 38 are 2 months apart ??

        3. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          “... It's easy for them to do, I could programme it blindfolded ...”. You say that with zero knowledge of the code. Interesting. 🙂

          1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            To be fair I would also presume it's relatively simple to change. But at the same time that would also require there being competent staff over at FPL Towers. That's something I'm less confident about.

          2. Amey
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 26 days ago

            I'm a programmer, although i haven't seen the source code of FPL, but i think it'll be an easy thing to do to postpone the deadlines from whatever I'm making how they do it.

            1. Karan14 (Brazil Nuts)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Well they can change the deadline as before the TV fixtures are announced for every month the deadline is set to 3 PM for all gameweeks and then change it to Friday or Saturday early KO accordingly.

  4. panda07
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    I think the fairest thing to do is finish this season even if it means a shortened season next year. If every club knows what they are signing up to at the start of a shortened season it's fair. I know there are problems with the season being finished when contracts are expiring on 30th June but there are going to be problems unless games can be played before then.

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      There are problems no matter which route they go down. It's a lose-lose situation.

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Agree.
      Imagine the pain of would be promoting teams.
      It'd like Norwich & Villa to stay up though. Don't see both of my wishes coming true though together.

      I'd prefer games to be played one though

    3. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      As above, I agree. Complete this season. I don’t care if we lose an entire season from the calendar. Just complete this one before starting the next. Players may move clubs in between but I think it’s still the fairer option.

    4. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      It might be the fairest thing to do, but it won’t happen, Premier league teams, along with every other team, needs seasons worth of fixtures to survive financially. “Fair” won’t even come into it.

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        They'll get money from the rescheduled fixtures and then play as much of the shortened season as possible

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Shortened in what way? Only playing each other once?

          1. panda07
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            That's an option but also cancelling cup competitions to fit in the premier league games is also an option. If we are talking about money the premier league is where it's at.

            1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Same problem. The lower league won’t wear that. The chance of a big draw against a top flight club every now and again in the cup competitions is a major boost to them.

              The least damage done and the least complicated way out of this is just to void the season....it is also probably the most agreeable way to the vast majority of clubs. They then hopefully get a full programme of games next season...which they need.

              1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                I think people forget that there is football outside of the PL and EFL.

              2. panda07
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                If it's about the money will lower leagues matter?

              3. Tinkermania
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Least damage done is playing the games at a later date. I disagree with your ''most agreeable way''. What makes you think that?

                1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  Depends if it's at the expense of next season. If they can somehow fit the games in before the start of the 20/21 season then that's fine (won't happen),

                  1. Tinkermania
                    3 months, 26 days ago

                    It will be before start as next seasons can be delayed.

                    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 26 days ago

                      It can't be delayed much. There's not that much room for manoeuvre.

                      1. Tinkermania
                        3 months, 26 days ago

                        Why not? Can;t start another with unfinished business.

                      2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 26 days ago

                        Well, they can. It's not ideal but they can clearly do it.

                      3. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 26 days ago

                        The Euros are next year too. There has to be a cut off point.

    5. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      So if it's a shortened season what do you propose ? Ive heard some right crap about teams just playing each other once. That would be absolutely rediculous.. cutting cup comps probably wouldn't be enough

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        There are nine games left this season so when you add up the FA and league cup games it'd be enough. What would you suggest to do?

        1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Depends how long this goes on. They say a peak of june or July but you have to think that there would be a process of getting from the peak to a manageable level and this country is taking the longer route to most. Season has to finish for the Euros in 2021 as i can't see them moving it again.

          Me personally i think they should play it in June ( unlikely) or cancel the season. I am a bitter spurs fan though, it probably sways me 🙂

          1. panda07
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            I hope they can play it in June too but it would probably be behind closed doors so is not ideal.

            There could be a scenario that football can't be played until next November or December anyway so they might have to have a everyone plays each other once season anyway.

            1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              How would they decide who plays at home though. Massive advantage playing at home. Imagine a top team drawing all the other top teams at home. Not really a proper season and will always be an asterix against the winners names . We shall see

              1. panda07
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                It would have to be drawn at random by a computer I suppose. If everyone signs up for it I think it's fair but not ideal.

                1. Tinkermania
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  They will try to finish the season, no matter how long it takes.

    6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      The game is driven by money now unfortunately rather than equity/fairness/reason & I think money might end up driving a null & void 19/20 season to ensure a full 20/21 season, with this season’s teams & euro qualifiers etc

      I don’t think having both this season & next season (which would be the best outcome) will be physically possible , and when the money men have to choose between the two - the 38 games of 20/21 TV revenue will unfortunately outweigh the 9 games of 19/20 Revenue for the powers that control the PL

      Whilst it will be harsh to the likes of Wolves, Sheffield, West Brom, Leeds etc after the seasons they’d been putting together - it ultimately will be less controversial than relegating teams using behind closed doors games, forcing teams to play 19/20 games after players contracts have expired, or even deciding relegations, promotions, Euro qualifiers etc by subjective, non-mathematical means

  5. Optimus.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    The kids are watching some show on Sky Documentries called "snakes in the city".. I have yet to see a snake, her cans are massive!

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      😀

      1. Optimus.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        They are so distracting though, like Beth's from Dog the Bounty Hunters

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          We're going to see another Side of the world now for some days 😛
          Brave yourselves guys.

        2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          I remember when I first saw her that's the first thing I saw, and I thought "I definitely would".

          Then I saw her face and thought "Still would".

          1. Optimus.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Amen 😆

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      The headlights are indeed impressive.

      The boat race? Not so much.

  6. baps sniffer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Everyone over 70 has to self isolate here. Kids are at home also. People will soon need entertainment, since life is going to be dull. Somewhere in Europe government has bought tv-rights for the public. "Bread and circuses" could be needed.

    There are only bad ideas, but if players can self isolate themselves and are healthy, they perhaps could play behind closed doors. Ticket income would suffer, but perhaps there could be some kind of agreement made with tv rights owners, since they should get extra income?

    Other solutions are probably even worse? Or is there some kind of cultural mentality issue that I as a foreigner can't easily understand?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Everyone has been advised not to gather socially. Football players aren't exempt. They have families too who may be showing symptons.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        3 months, 26 days ago

        By the 4th of April footballers will either have the virus or not.

        Those who do not have it or not showing signs will most probably be called upon.

        They can always wear hazmat suits to and from the stadiums.

        Let's be honest, in to weeks from now the roads etc will look as empty as Italy's in England.

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          That's naive !

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            3 months, 26 days ago

            You can get improsened in Italy for being out in the streets now.

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Not talking about that.
              Talking about

              Those who do not have it or not showing signs will most probably be called upon.

              They can always wear hazmat suits to and from the stadiums

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                3 months, 26 days ago

                The virus has only surfaced in South Africa now. Schools have been closed.

                Employees still need to go to work unfortunately.

        2. Poseidon.
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Footballers either have the virus or not already

        3. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Step away from the crack pipe.

    2. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      TV rights would just mean people gathering together around tv screens. I think you need to accept this season is finished and that on a scale of 1 > 100 of priorities it’s about as low as it can be as far as the authorities are concerned.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        3 months, 26 days ago

        In Italy, if you are found on the sterrts now, you can go to prison.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          3 months, 26 days ago

          *streets*

    3. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      The risk to catch covid on the pitch is smaller than if you go to market to by groceries. It is probably also raining, but outside anyway. And here they say that if you are not in close contact for at least 15 minutes you have zero risk to get...

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        15 minutes? Where is here?

        There is no timescale on breathing in virus droplets.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 26 days ago

          I don’t think closed doors will work - it takes hundreds of staff, medical, transport, security etc just to put 1 game on, crowd or not.

          1. Tinkermania
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Closed doors has already happened a lot.

            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              Before the situation got to this stage and it's only going to get worse. There wasn't even a proper government response at that stage.

              1. Tinkermania
                3 months, 26 days ago

                was just saying that games can be played behind closed doors.

  7. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Sixty employees of Barnet FC being laid off.

  8. Optimus.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Taoisech to broadcast to the country at 9pm..

    Sheet about to get real

    1. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      I know Leo lost the election and the people wanted a change but i am kind of glad he is still at the helm as this crisis unfolds.

      His background as a physician is invaluable right now and he also done ok when he was minister of health.
      Better leave him there for a while instead of someone that is only learning the job.

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Fine Gael have had to deal with implementing austerity after the financial crash, running a minority government and now this. I didn't vote for them this time but in fairness they are a safe pair of hands while others will throw rocks from the sideline and don't want to form a government.

  9. Colonel Shoe 肝池
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Evening all. Hope you're keeping well

    1. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Thanks mate

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Evening colonel.

      Had a day off today and my boss rang me mid morning to advise that I will be working from home until further notice. Most of my office will now be home working.

      Daughter has day off school tomorrow, but my son has to still go.

      They need to close the schools here in UK.

      1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        It will happen.
        I will be WFH tomorrow

  10. davies
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Bruno, Martial or Pogba?

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Bruno.

    2. Syd.
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Lingard.

    3. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      For what? Who gets it first ?

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        "gets it" in a nice way or a not nice way?

        1. Pro Pundit PUMPKINHEAD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Well one is nicer than the other. The ' other ' isn't Corona

  11. SADIO SANÉ
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    won't all the people on lockdown now that don't get the virus just get it at the end of summer when Covid-19 2.0 occurs?

    guess you play the end of this season in June-August and then just don't have a 20/21 season once the second wave hits

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 26 days ago

      presumably, the theory in the uk at least is to have enough people to get it and then recover now so future outbreaks aren't to big of a deal

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        yeah, thought the same - although once borders/tourism open again it could be carnage - European and Asian countries aren't doing the same thing

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          I guess it depends how many of us already have it at this stage

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      that why they are working on the vaccine even though they know it's not going to help in the short term.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        I don't have a source right now, but I'm pretty sure no one has ever developed a vaccine against a coronavirus

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          as far as I'm aware; people need to get it now, over the next few months or during the impending shitstorm later in the year - hopefully they have a better way to isolate vulnerable people come September onwards cause this shite isn't going to fly in peak flu-season

          1. Udo
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            What has the Covid-19 to do with the flu-season? Let me help you here > 0 like nothing. Get yourself updated on official websites from your local government, and please do not refer to the UK prime minister, he's such a waste.

            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 26 days ago

              The worst thing that can happen is the coronavirus hitting peak time at the same time as peak flu. Hospitals are already filled with flu patients then as it is.

              1. SADIO SANÉ
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                thanks

                1. SADIO SANÉ
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 26 days ago

                  'Let me help you here' haha genius

              2. Udo
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 26 days ago

                Well, the peak time should be well over by then, if the government is doing the right decisions now, like in the rest of world, but local hero Johnson doesn't show that urge yet. Don't want to call him a donkey, in respect of the donkey.

        2. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          news reports suggest that they are making good progress, whose guys who volunteered to be inflected in the states deserve a medal.

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            I really do hope so - sounds unlikely from what I've read (before Autumn anyway) but yeah good on them!

  12. Gnu Scott talent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Just give him a full time ban, how many posts does he need removed?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      got there in the end, I've seen lol@ posts disappear quicker

      1. Gnu Scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        True.
        He's made a lot of unsavoury posts recently.

        Didn't know Trump was on here 😉

    2. ted mcsheenery
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      thanks for that, i flagged it up
      effectie hygiene ftw!

  13. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    To anyone here who like me, runs a small business and is suffering from this, the government has signed off on £330Billion of emergency loans to assist small businesses with staff costs etc during this period.

    The emergency cash should be ready for applications next week.

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-51933410

    1. Monkey Hanger
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Sounds a lot, but it will probably prove to be insufficient.

  14. Polka Wakey O'Dot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    My thoughts.

    I’ll answer Tinkermania’s question re my comment about “agreeable” as it’s own post, because it matters.

    This business about when this season is, or is not, finished off....or when the next season does, or does not start again is not a decision that the PL can now make...it is not their gift alone to make....that moment passed a while ago.

    The government will have the decision on this even if the PL is the mouth piece. Re-starting any football, by whatever method, will have to be agreeable to them. It will have to be within their time scale and by their rules...which will in turn be informed by how agreeable they judge it to be to the general public....not all of who share our love of football.

    Any resumption of the prem will also have to be agreeable to the lower league clubs from the championship down. It’s inconceivable that the prem is allowed to restart whilst the lower leagues are thrown to the wolves....it either all re starts or none do.

    It is also inconceivable that the Prem (and lower leagues) re starts whilst other sports don’t...so it has to be agreeable to those other sports...once again they either all restart or none do.

    This thing has moved beyond just the PL making a decision of it’s own accord.