Football is special, very special, to each and every MFW reader and writer. And for everybody who supports their chosen club, from Exeter City to Ross County and so many others inbetween.
But in the current scheme of things, just how special is it – and should a special case be made for it?
Well the Premier League are still nagging away like an old harridan to try and get the 2019-20 season restarted. If this is motivated by anything other than money, I’m one of those Dutch guys I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.
It’s greed, pure greed and nobody will convince me otherwise.
Their latest idea is a raft of testing, players training and possibly even playing in surgical masks which would be akin to seeing the Dick Turpin Allstars against a combined Zorro-Kendo Nagasaki XI.
And behind closed doors at neutral grounds to boot.
Neutral grounds? Stuff that.
It seems like they’ll try anything to keep the trough as full as they can.
A recent Zoom meeting between the Top Twenty paid lip service to a resumption when the Government declares it’s safe to do so.
Please, please, do me a favour.
Many prominent footballers including Sergio Aguero say they are worried because they have wives, girlfriends and young children who they do not wish to infect with Covid-19. Three Bundesliga stars have already tested positive on their early return to training.
Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and West Ham’s Mark Noble have apparently been bombarded with calls from fellow professionals asking them if it will be safe to return to training.
With respect to a trio of ballers I admire very much, I doubt they know the answer to that one any more than I do.
Any quick restart should surely not happen but the money men will push for it as hard as they can. However it cannot work.
My daughter has been sinful enough in a previous life to become an NHS procurement manager and this is an extract from a message she sent me a couple of days ago:
I’m quite lucky in that it turns out there’s too much to do in my programme for me to get redeployed so have been working from home for the most part. Have been volunteering a few days at the hospital making PPE – we literally raided our old office for stationary and have been making visors out of laminated plastic and a staple gun. We’ve lost a few wonderful colleagues and people are getting angry.
So under these circumstances football resumes? Because it’s special?
Wetherspoons with their entrepreneurial head honcho thought he could reopen some sites. Tim Martin – not a man I particularly admire – was quickly forced to back down. Likewise Greggs and I’m sure many others I’m unaware of.
There’s less at stake than within the Premier League but if Wetherspoons and Greggs have to toe the line and realise a reopening is unrealistic then so surely should the PL.
I don’t like Spoons outlets and I have never sampled the delights of Greggs.
But like all of us I miss football so much. But at least I understand that it isn’t appropriate to complete this season.
Human safety and well-being is more important than the rampant greed of the Premier League and its adherents.
Whether it’s null and void or adjustmented via the Sadler-Lewis method, this season must be put to bed now. We know li’l ole Nodge aren’t welcome at the top table [there will only be acceptance of any decision from our owners with no fight put up against it] so they’ll find a way to despatch us somehow.
But that is surely so much preferable to putting the lives of footballers, backroom staff and associated others at a high level of risk.
Kill this season off. Now. Football isn’t that special.