by Christophe Jost and our on the spot secret agent, plus the Prime Minsiter.
The Bundesliga (1st and 2nd divisions) resume their games next weekend. After a period of planning, political lobbying, medical research, and financial negotiations a plan has been laid out and approved by the German government.
And it is interesting to see that even the NBA is looking at the way they have organised the restart.
Yes, the NBA, one of the biggest professional sports league in the world is watching the administration of football!
What makes this so interesting is that they did not send anyone to England, rather they sent representatives to Germany. Each of us can, of course, decide why this is so but one way to look at this is to say that the Americans have cancelled all their NFL games and want to think about moving forward, so they go to the country that has come up with a clear plan and is putting it into effect.
Which is not actually England.
So, in short here is the concept – at least in outline…
- finish all games until 30.6.2020
- all games to be ghost games
- only a specified number of people will attend the games: players, press, TV, etc.
- regular testing of players must take place
- if a player is tested positive the health department decides what happens….
And this is interesting because Germany is a federation of states and the health departments are state level, so each state can have is own rules. It is similar to the situation in the UK, with each of the three countries and the province of Northern Ireland are able to make their own decisions.
Here is the situation in England…
This means that here England has a real advantage since all the clubs in the Premier League are under the same jurisdiction, and under the same clear set of rules from the central government as the note above shows.
Meanwhile in Germany, just to add a level of complexity, the health department of where the player lives is the one that decides what happens, not the one of where the player works as a footballer.
So a week or so ago there were infections in Cologne. Two players and a physio if we are correctly informed. They were both quarantined, and, from the Bundesliga point of view, that is the end of the story in terms of games.
Now, this week, one player tested positive, was sent into quarantine. Then, at the next tests, two Dresden players tested positive. And there, the whole team was sent into quarantine by the local area health department.
So two cities, two different decisions, following an identical situation.
Curiously, this is the ‘signature’ modus operandi of PGMO, is it not? Same situation in two separate places and then totally different decisions. It is almost as if the German authorities have looked at the English referee organisation and seen it as a blueprint, rather than a dire warning of how not to organise anything.
Indeed it could even be that the PGMO have infiltrated the Bundesliga and are now sabotaging all their efforts to resume the 2019-2020 season without anyone noticing! It could even be the plot of a Mission Impossible movie. And they did not even need to use VAR!
But back to the Bundesliga. To make matters more difficult, Dresden is in line for promotion so will have to play against the team top of the 2nd division, and then in a short competition against the bottom teams of the 1st division. And they have to do this just as the team is getting fit….and then Covid-19 hits.
And there you have it: the best laid out plan doesn’t survive the first enemy contact: the one the Bundesliga has worked so hard to develop and execute, And the whole Bundesliga restart is wobbling and may not be able to get to its end.
Which in essence means that the attempt by the Bundesliga to take over as the top league in Europe – the dominant league with the most TV revenue and the largest audience figures – has been scuppered in one go.
— realmattlucas (@RealMattLucas) May 10, 2020
And as this was a totally covert operation, the PGMO agents will just come back to Engand – after all they are British citizens, the borders are not closed to them. And they’ll come back assured that the whole of PL owes them the very survival of the PL and it’s standing as the world’s biggest and most-watched football league. Which means they’ll cement their position as the world’s most incompetent – and influential – refereeing body, an unavoidable plague to football and sports.
Of course, we don’t actually have real live evidence that PGMO activists have actually gone to Germany and helped scupper the relaunch of the German league by introducing the virus to two players. But then, on the other hand, most of the time PGMO officials don’t have (or at least do not offer to any members of the public who are interested), real live evidence that fouls and other misdemeanours did or did not take place.
But at least we can see why PGMO are so keen never to engage in any way with the media. It means that no matter what nefarious activities they wish to get involved in (and of course we make it quite clear that we have no evidence that they actually are involved in any nefarious activities in Germany or anywhere else, certainly not, absolutely) no one can ever question them or hold them to account.
As the Prime Minister so clearly said. “Go to work; don’t go to work.”
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