Friday, Monday, Tuesday, it’s all the same now… worst thing is, I’m starting to enjoy it. I haven’t drunkenly stumbled into a Popeye’s Chicken in a month, I read a lot, and I’m basically a yoga pro. I even enjoy meetings these days.
BUT THERE IS NO FOOTBALL AND THINGS ARE GETTING WORSE
The Belgian League was the first in the world to go all out for cancellation.
“The Board of Directors took note of the recommendations of Dr. Van Ranst and the government that it is highly unlikely that games with the public will be played before June 30. The current situation also makes it very unclear whether and when a resumption of collective training courses can be foreseen at all,” the league said in a statement.
“Even if games behind closed doors could theoretically be possible, the additional pressure they place on health and order services should be avoided. Moreover, decisions by local authorities threaten to make a joint course of match days impossible.
“The Board of Directors has unanimously decided that it is not desirable to continue the competition after June 30. Given the above elements, the Board of Directors has formulated a unanimous advice to the General Meeting not to resume the competitions of the season ’19 -’20 and to accept the current state of the Jupiler Pro League as final classification [subject to the decisions of the licensing committee].”
Have my doubts each of their clubs has a £750m guillotine hanging over their heads, but they’ve taken the big decision and run with it.
What’s the Premier League up to? Burying its head in the sand. The FT is speculating that the UK is now on a worse path than Italy. So whilst many people are pointing to Sweden as the best in class situation right now for releasing us from our homes (let’s see where that approach lands them), the reality is that shit is about to get very real for everyone. Which is why the Premier League seriously has the option OF PLAYING THE REST OF THE LEAGUE OUT IN CHINA. Are you fucking kidding me? What is going on with their brainstorms? I thought a crisis was supposed to sharpen the mind.
Spurs have been told by the UK that they won’t get a penny so long as football players are on full salary. Good news. The elite clubs shouldn’t be anywhere near that money. Watching all these letch billionaires come with their begging bowls is quite the scene, especially the tax exiles like Messrs Green and Branson. Also stunning the see banks whacking huge interest rates on small businesses for these loans.
Anyway, some good news, Manchester United players are donating 30% of their wages to local NHS services. Good news for clubs that can afford to do that. True leadership amongst slow mover clubs. I hope we see a little more of that at the highest level.
Not a lot of football to talk about today, but I liked these numbers, a special one for the all the ‘HAVE WE REALLY SEEN IMPROVEMENT’ merchants that were on the blog before we closed out the season.
Mikel Arteta’s impact on Arsenal by numbers: pic.twitter.com/3KeLF9eJw1
— San™ (@VintageArsanal) March 31, 2020
Finally, tune into our COVID-19 podcast if you haven’t already. I speak with Nigel Phillips of the AST and we dissect the problems going on in football at the minute.