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‘No Alternative’ – PFA Executive Says Players Are Realistic About Finishing Season


One issue the Premier League could face if it decides to resume this season is push back from some players. We would imagine that a few footballers will be reluctant to put their health or the general public’s health at risk over a sport while a worldwide pandemic rages around them.

If the games do get back underway, it’ll only happen if the spread of the coronavirus has been curtailed significantly. One way to mitigate spread to the general public will be to play games behind closed doors. However, that still will leave players, staff, and medical personnel at some risk.

Bobby Barnes– PFA deputy chief executive

Professional Footballers’ Association deputy chief executive (that’s a mouthful) Bobby Barnes has spoken to the Athletic about some of the conversations he’s recently had with some players.

It seems after an initial reluctance to playing games without supporters, many have come to accept that will be the only path forward to save this season:

“I think it’s more a case of there being no alternative. Players are realistic. In an ideal world, we would be playing in front of crowds. But we’re not in an ideal world and certainly, the players I’ve spoken to accept that if that is what it’s going to be, that’s what it will have to be.

“I’ve been speaking to players — including two or three very high-profile Premier League players more or less on a daily basis — and the conversations I had with them at the outset were based around not wanting to play behind closed doors if at all possible.

“I said to them, ‘Look, none of us, in an ideal world, want to play in front of empty stadiums. Football is about fans. But the reality is that for the vast majority of the players, particularly at the highest level, their income is funded by television money and there are contracts that have to be adhered to.

“In order for us (the PFA) to be able to protect those players in terms of securing their salaries… if that’s the only offer we have on the table to complete the season, then that is what it will be’.

“To be fair, most players very much took that on board when we spoke to them. The players get it. They understand the alternative. Quite frankly, if we’re going to get the season finished in a timely fashion so that we can even consider starting next season, we’ve got to be open to all options.

“If it means playing behind closed doors has to happen in order that contracts are protected, fixtures fulfilled and commercial deals honored, then I think we’ve all got to come together and accept we’ve all got to make sacrifices to try and find a solution for the industry as a whole.”

From Barnes’ comments, it seems like most players are willing to do what it takes to get this season completed. However, we are still far from a point where that is even going to be a possibility.

It simply won’t happen if this pandemic is not significantly under control.

The Premier League will meet again during the first week of April. We’ll see what comes from that meeting, but we don’t think they’ll cancel the season then. They’ll likely wait until it becomes crystal clear that is the only option.

Hopefully, it never reaches that point, and this pandemic can be managed and contained. It’s still uncertain when that will happen.


47 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #1

    RIP Julie Felix

    2
  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #2

    lesh
    I thought you were supposed to give credit to what you’ve stolen/copied
    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=391013081248796&story_fbid=1112748259075271

    1
  • geordietom

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #3
  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t like to disparage the dead
    but I always thought Julie Felix was a Joan Baez wnnabe

    2
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #5

    From what’s being said we expect sites to be closed Friday.

    I’m being offered work in the Freeman, wards that are being refurbished need finishing Asap.

    I’ll get this week out the way and probably head to the Freeman Monday.

    1
  • geordietom

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #6

    much prefer this lady Janis Joplin …

    https://youtu.be/7uG2gYE5KOs

    1
  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Jib – apology accepted – just follow the teachings of Mr Tuff and you should be ok.

    Years ago I couldn’t afford a new car but never bought a scrapper. Not now I buy new motors.

    Used to do all my own car repairs – once had a Mondeo whose front bearings went. After checking out the costs it was cheaper for me to do it myself. Problem was I didn’t have a press the push the bearings into their housings. But worked out it was still cheaper to get a press. I bought a 12 ton press and completed the job. Press is still in one of the bedrooms – cannot understand why the missus keeps rabbiting on about it.

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  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Mr Tuff
    I’ll call you Master and you call me grasshopper

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  • geordietom

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #9

    OP …

    stay safe mate at the freeman ,

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  • geordietom

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #10

    did he not say Glass hopper …

    😀

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  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #11

    😀

    0
  • geordietom

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #12

    JIB …

    watch out mate Frogs eat Grass hoppers …

    😀

    1
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Geordie Tom

    Cheers mate, I’m of the thinking I’m going to get it one way or the other, eventually.

    I just need to think of others when I do, isolate etc.

    2
  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Whoa – Jib I’m not into that sort of thing – read a bit about all the bondage and whipping stuff and calling the other participant Master.
    Think you are on the wrong blog.

    1
  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #15

    HAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha what a hoot.

    1
  • geordietom

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #16

    OP …

    get what you mean mate , but you cant turn money down at this moment in time …

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Tuf before you know it he’ll be on his knees with a ring watch your rear.

    0
  • hibbit

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #18

    lockdown from tonight PM addressing the nation after cobra meeting

    2
  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Whoops AS has just dropped the blog IQ by a few points

    4
  • geordietom

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #20

    off to watch some tv with the missus play nice people…

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Like to know your IQ.

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  • lesh

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Jiblets

    Touchè….. but it was hardly something that was supposed to be taken as original thought.

    😉

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #23

    well, that’s mr no fk all nailed.

    0
  • Anglo Saxon

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Off to dinner while he’s trawling google for a get out.

    0
  • #cans

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Is it possible to go into negative IQ ? 😀

    Jib

    Mar 23, 2020 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #19
    Whoops AS has just dropped the blog IQ by a few points

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  • #cans

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #26

    I’ll answer my own question – apparently it is
    It is statistically possible to have a negative IQ. IQ -5 is 7 standard deviations below the mean (Z-score -7.0) and dumber than 1 in 781 billion people, or around 1000 times the world’s population. IQ 0 is 6.67 standard deviations below the mean (Z-score -6.67) and is dumber than 1 in 76.4 million people.

    0
  • coming home

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Dont think walter has a negative IQ just think he is bad at bull$hitting

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  • simon376

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Hibbit
    Can’t say I’m surprised, put radio on at 5 hoping for update but said delayed because of Cobra Meeting, have you heard when it will be said?

    1
  • #cans

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #29

    I wasn’t pointing that comment at Jib – he’s alright really, it was just more all the blog posters in general 🙂

    1
  • #cans

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Joking before you get all apoplectic at me 😀

    1
  • simon376

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Hibbit

    Think just got it, 8:30 apparently

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Certainly look like the Government are putting the block on tonight – and about time. The defiant and the thickos have to be controlled by society at large.

    1
  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #33

    BoJo will address the nation on new measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak at 8.30pm tonight.

    The Prime Minister will issue a statement from No 10, Downing Street c

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Hibbit,

    I heard it was a total lockdown of Jib’s keyboard and mouse

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  • coming home

    Mar 23, 2020 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #35

    So I am somewhat sceptical of what is going on and my reasons are, my wife is a nurse who works night shift and has not seen anything that looks like what is appearing on the news

    But now she has the symptoms of covid19 and been told she must self isolate
    We have 3 kids and we all have a high temperature and dry cough and it’s been 5 days since her last shift.
    But we are all fit and healthy
    I may be wrong but to me it’s no worse than the common flu

    3
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 23, 2020 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Coming home, I’ve found what I have to be getting worse over time in some ways

    My cough is virtually gone, but I was tripping the light fantastic last night.

    Couple of paracetamol saw me right. Feeling somewhat the same tonight but earlier. I’m four days in now, if this is even that thing.

    Stay safe mate.

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  • coming home

    Mar 23, 2020 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Roblino

    Yeah I get that it gets worse day by day but I think a healthy individual wouldn’t know the difference between this and the yearly flu if it weren’t all over the news we would just think it’s the flu

    I hope I dont regret my post

    1
  • jane

    Mar 23, 2020 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #38

    you’re right loads of people have got it/had it relatively mildly already.

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  • JohnReese

    Mar 23, 2020 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Coming Home & Rob

    My symptoms have felt primarily like you’d expect from an everyday strain of the flu until yesterday. Chest is killing me now, everything else I can live with fine but it feels like significant pressure constricting my entire upper body. Nothing’s helping with the pain either.

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  • coming home

    Mar 23, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Johnreese

    My prayers are with you

    1

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