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We broke the news about the PL finishing the season overseas. Now…

By Tony Attwood

On 27 April we broke the story that Cyprus could be considered as a location for running the remainder of the Premer League season, as it is still not possible to play the rest of the season in England – and probably won’t be for a while.

We’ve given a few more details as the days have passed, and the English media has refused even to recognise there is an issue (in the same way that they are refusing to discuss the major upheaval happening in relation to Fifa at the moment).  But the project is out there, as we described in the article.

However, four days late, but they got there in the end, the Daily Mail has put up the story that

Premier League season could finish ABROAD says Gary Neville, who suggests moving the remaining games to Europe (but doesn’t say where…)

The subheadings (something the Daily Mail loves, along with random WORDS in capitals for no apparent reason) TELL us that

  • Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have again discussed how football can restart 
  • Discussion is building regarding whether a select base should be used for games
  • Neville feels the prospect of finishing the Premier League abroad exists 
Gary Neville has now joined in the debate – again a bit late but better late than not actually knowing there is a debate going on – and he said,  “If the Premier League is serious about delivering the matches that remain in the most-safe environment they would move it to somewhere that is three or four hours away that is safe from coronavirus and somewhere that has proven it can handle it.

Jamie Carragher, at last made aware of the discussions going on, added on Sky Sprouts, ‘Using neutral venues, some sort of training camp and the safety of players and staff is the most important thing. That has to come first and foremost.

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‘What if one club doesn’t vote for it but the rest of them do, does that change everything? It’ll be interesting to see how it works. Because if someone has a major problem with the season going forward whether it’s a worry for the players, neutral venues, then there’s so much to look at whether you need a unanimous vote for it to go through. That’s a big worry for the Premier League going forward. The virus will decide.”

Carragher was, as ever, struggling with issues of democratic votes and procedures established within the rule books, wondering as he does, what happened if most of the teams voted for a season to end in a neutral venue, while one team refused.  Hopefully, someone can give him a bit of a rundown on how groups of people vote.  Maybe someone should tell him that just because he votes Conservative at the election, that doesn’t on its own mean that they form the government.

4 comments to We broke the news about the PL finishing the season overseas. Now…

  • When taking the Micky it’s a good idea to get the facts right. Garragher is socialist and has always supported Labour, regardless of leader.

  • Uncle Mike

    So Carragher isn’t a totally lost cause.

  • Johnno

    As Terry mentioned, Carragher votes Labour and has actually donated to Labour candidates in the past. That being said, I don’t think he or anyone else needs a lecture in democracy from somebody who endlessly whined, whinged and complained about the 2nd largest democratic exercise in this country`s history. No doubt Attwood and his fellow fascists will be wanting another referendum after all this passes. Don’t be surprised if they use the Wuhan virus as a reason.

  • @Terry Highbury & @Johnno you guys just made my day and really it’s baffling that after taken how many minutes….? to read the article all u can pick out is the line of carragher seemly lost on the issue of vote with so many point we could all debate on in the article like
    1) is it a must for the season to be completed
    2) will the players and everybody involved behind closed doors while playing the games be safe?
    3) what happens if something went wrong, who takes responsibility for it
    4) are there enough medical procedures on ground to effectively help finished the league
    5) what about taken the league to oversea to help achieve the Aim of finishing the league
    6) is there anywhere better than Cyprus as suggested by the writer of the article.
    While we are trying to discuss this issues we get to find more problems and solutions to this riddle been placed on humanity by this Virus pandemic. Taken potshots at writers of articles and ignoring the talking point is just ridiculously childish and before you tell me how long you have been watching football or supporting a particular team or how old you are please try to act accordingly to your self bragging rights.

    Tony I believe finishing the league met alot to so many people for different reasons but I would rather have the season cancelled and award the trophy to Liverpool because no how they will lose the 25point advantage in 9matches, then having the players exposed to the virus that will end up costing us losing them for future events,also have it mind that some of them have hidden health challenges that are not know to many people that mostly cost them there lives while actively playing on football fields.