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Communique Addresses Increasing Severity Of Coronavirus Pandemic – Premier League Unlikely To Complete

The Premier League took part in a summit on Friday.

It included both the PFA and the EFL to address the coronavirus pandemic and what to do about it.

The summit was called by the Professional Footballers’ Association since the players are being negatively hit by things like wage cuts so that the football clubs can keep their heads above water financially.

The PFA would like these to be wage deferrals rather than wage cuts.

It’s very good to talk, but we just don’t see this pandemic clearing up any time soon – that’s unfortunate for everybody concerned.

Coming out of the summit was a joint statement which read as follows:

The Premier League, EFL and PFA met today and discussed the growing seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

“It was stressed that the thoughts of all three organizations continue to be with everyone affected by the virus.”

“The Premier League, EFL and PFA agreed that difficult decisions will have to be taken in order to mitigate the economic impact of the current suspension of professional football in England, and agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions.”

“The leagues will not recommence until 30 April at the earliest. They will only do so when it is safe and conditions allow.”

“Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.”

It seems like more and more of Premier League clubs are starting to have reservations about restarting the Premier League.

I’m like a broken record, but I just cannot see the PL starting up again this season, and it should probably be scrapped soon.

There are too many lives at stake to risk just to finish off a football league.

However important that may be as far as finances are concerned.

And playing games behind closed doors is not a solution because the players would still be at risk.

And what happens when just one player gets the Covid-19 disease – and that would screw that up.

The team would need to be quarantined.

What do you think?

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69 comments so far

  • toon22

    Mar 29, 2020 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #1

    I would imagine the country will be over the worst of this by the end of May
    At some point the government will want things to return to normal
    The sensible thing to do is wait and see, theres nothing to gain from making a decision right now

  • toon22

    Mar 29, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #3

    When you look at the panel to the right, goalscorers
    Its shocking that our top guy is on 6 goals
    The top half of that list adds up to 20 goals in total

    Dont think we have ever been that bad at scoring goals in decades

  • toon22

    Mar 29, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #4


    Has Jabba gone bust yet ?

  • DaveD1000

    Mar 29, 2020 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #5
  • toon22

    Mar 29, 2020 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #6

    I suppose buying strikers is an expensive business, especially when you decide to buy one thats never really scored many goals for a price nobody else came close to
    If Jabba wasnt such a top bloke you might have believed it was all some kind of scam, a way of bleeding money from the club


  • WLtoon

    Mar 29, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #7

    In The Derbyshire News this morning Police raided a house in Derby where a party of 25 adults and children were in full swing enjoying a buffet, a beat box and Karaoke.
    Honestly there is no limit to some people,s ignorance and stupidity..

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Mar 29, 2020 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Hi and happy Sunday to everyone, hope you’re all safe and well. I know it’s a bit early for the blog jukebox but whist I’m waiting for my Sunday roast to… roast, I’m listening to Deacon Blues’ greatest hits… forgot how good these guys were… are. Might just fancy going to see them if I get the chance

  • geordietom

    Mar 29, 2020 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #9
  • geordietom

    Mar 29, 2020 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #10

    rea – read …

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 29, 2020 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Ole brucey is a bit disingenuous, some might say shameless. He says the last 3 matches, ie 4 at the back is his preferred style. He’s previously played 3 at the back for years and even claimed to have pretty much invented it back in the 80’s! It only took him 30 games to change it this season and the players were more than capable of the transition! As someone said if bruce got covid he’d probably blame the previous manager.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 29, 2020 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Irish Bob.
    Yes he picked himself lol

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 29, 2020 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #14

    We had booked a long weekend in Ipswich this weekend.that we’ve had to cancel.

    Had we have been able to go we may well have eaten in the Bistro On The Quay and below is what I would have ordered.

    Moules marinière with cream, white wine and
    shallots, granary bread

    ****Fillet of seabass
    prawn, squid and mussel couscous
    Apple and raspberry, mixed nut and date crumble
    vanilla ice cream

    On hold for now but something to look forward to.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 29, 2020 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Watched the game against man utd yesterday even went through to wor lass at half time to tell here we were winning.
    Good to see peacock he doesn’t get much of a mention nowadays plus it reduced some of my prejudices I have against certain players over the years.
    Batty and ginola his last season mainly.

  • fairscup

    Mar 29, 2020 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Watched with the wife a recording of “The Best of Ready Steady Go” from BBC4 last night while having a few beers.

    What a cracking programme it is if you remember the sixties.

    Here’s the iplayer link for those of you of the required vintage:


  • Jib

    Mar 29, 2020 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #17

    It was interesting how much input Dusty Springfield had
    She was the driving force behind so many Motown artistes

  • fairscup

    Mar 29, 2020 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Yea Jib – Dusty was an inspiration, simply brilliant, my pick was The Who with “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere” but loved it all.

  • geordietom

    Mar 29, 2020 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #19
  • Munster Mag

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #20

    John Reese how long have you had the virus now? Get well soon. What age are you etc?

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Don’t now think that David Attenboroughs statement that the reduction in species that live in the seas is totally down to global warming.

  • geordietom

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #22

    i kind of like this song …

  • geordietom

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #23
  • fairscup

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Tom – that reminds me of the sea front in Whitley and pin tables.

  • fairscup

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Peter Sarstedt – I mean!

  • geordietom

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Fairscup …

    really good song good lyrics oh to be young again …

  • fairscup

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #27

    For the Irish posters (or anyone else) on here this is worth a watch on iplayer:


  • geordietom

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #28

    listen to this song by Peter Paul and Mary , same song as pete seeger i posted . brought a tear to my eye …https://youtu.be/ZgXNVA9ngx8

  • fairscup

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Tom – I spent the summer of 1970 working in the Spanish City, great times, great music non stop – Free (Alright Now), The Who (The Seeker), Moody Blues (Question) spring to mind.

  • JohnReese

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #30


    Just shy of two weeks maybe, give or take. Thought it was just a cold to begin with so didn’t pay it much attention.

    I’m only 38 so certainly nowhere near the dangerous demographic. I naturally have a higher red blood cell count so less white cells to fight this kind of stuff off, always takes me longer to shift things.

  • The mighty wyn

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #31

    Fairs cup – good shout on that music at the Spanish city. I was a regular at the seafront in those days. Always seemed to be a lot of fighting going on around there in those days

  • Jib

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #32

    This reminds me of W Bay

  • Jib

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #33

    The Briardene had a great JBox in the 70’s

  • fairscup

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #34

    The mighty Wyn – Yea the City used to fill with skinheads on a Sunday, there was loads of fights going on, quite entertaining from the safety of the ride I worked on.

  • fairscup

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Jib – do remember Big George’s disco at the Brierdene?

  • Jib

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #36
  • Jib

    Mar 29, 2020 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #37

    He always used to play “Love the one your with”
    when I walked in with a different bird
    ha ha ha

  • Jib

    Mar 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Also the Hotspur upstairs just along from the Fat Ox

  • fairscup

    Mar 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky was one of his favourit plays.

  • magscar

    Mar 29, 2020 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #40

    The Hotspur in Whitley? You thinking of the Ship on the corner along from Fat Ox?along

    Still there but changed name I think


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