Saturday, May 16, 2020

Will football ever be the same again after Covid19?

Will football ever be the same again after the Coronavirus pandemic? Will playing and watching the game ever be quite the same again? 

There's nothing quite like football, it's a game of joy, ecstasy, madness and highs and lows. 

Will, we ever see the madness of big Norman Hunter (RIP) and Francis Lee squaring off in the centre-circle trading blows again? Or the likes of Ryan Giggs tearing down the touchline windmilling his blood-red shirt and showing off his 'chest wig' after rounding half of the Arsenal team to score a never to be forgotten FA Cup tie winning goal? Or the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last gasp winner which clinched the Champions League for Manchester United in 1999? 

As a fan of some 50 years plus and a lover of the beautiful game I certainly hope so, but no one knows what the future holds for those who play and those who enjoy watching the game. 

We are told that the highest divisions of professional football in England will only resume this season if it is safe to do so for the players, managers and staff (there will be no fans of course). 

One thing we do know for sure is that Football League Two will not be resuming this season. Not because it isn't safe for the players, managers and staff of the  Football League Two clubs, but because it isn't financially viable to do so. So much for putting safety first. 

While we all love the game, we do not love what the game has become; it is all about money and has been ever since football became a 'business'. 

If the Premier League, Championship and League One resume this season, money, and not safety alone will be the main reason why it resumes and no honest fan with concerns about safety wants to see that.

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