Here are links to the most recent stories in Week 10 of the Covid-19 lockdown:
Premier League to set date for 2020-21 season to start
The Premier League is set to tell clubs that the 2020-21 season must start by the weekend of September 12-13 during a shareholders' meeting on Thursday.
There is growing optimism that the 2019-20 season will resume in July, with Phase One of Project Restart having generally been a success so far. If everything goes according to plan, the current season may be able to be finished by the end of July or early August.
The Mirror — 27 May
Premier League looking at rolling TV coverage of games each weekend
The Premier League are planning to get the majority of the remaining 92 games shown on TV at weekends to complete the fixture list which would mean the season runs into August.
The fixture list will be discussed in detail at Thursday's Premier League meeting along with the plans for TV schedules as they want to find a balance between finishing the season quickly but to also spread out games for TV and to help clubs avoid injuries with an overcrowded fixture list.
The plan could see five matches shown live back-to-back every Saturday and the same on a Sunday with kick-offs starting at 12 noon, then 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm.
The Mirror — 27 May
Premier League clubs agree to resume contact training
Premier League clubs have unanimously voted to resume contact training as 'Project Restart' moves to phase two.
Players will be able to "train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising unnecessary close contact," a statement said.
BBC Sport — 27 May
Four more coronavirus tests come back positive
The latest round of testing for novel coronavirus returned four new cases of the virus across three different Premier League clubs.
As before, those affected players and/or staff will self-isolate for seven days. It takes the total number of cases to 12 so far, with Burnley and Watford known to be clubs already affected.
The Mirror — 27 May
Premier League to tell clubs they want September start for 2020-21
The Premier League will tell clubs at Thursday's shareholders' meeting that they want next season to start on the weekend of September 12-13 irrespective of the conclusion to the current campaign.
The board's determination to agree a fixed start date for the 2020-21 season this week — in addition to arranging detailed fixture arrangements for Project Restart — will increase the likelihood of this season being curtailed if there is another suspension due to positive Covid-19 tests.
MailSport — 27 May
Premier League confirm zero positive results after fourth round of Coronavirus tests
The Premier League have announced that no players or club staff members have tested positive for coronavirus this week.
The tests included 1,130 players and club staff being tested for the virus and such news is a major boost ahead of the Premier League returning on 17 June.
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1 Posted 27/05/2020 at 10:46:38
"Sky and BT have the live rights to 47 games, the remaining 45 - which would all be shown by foreign rights holders - would be shared with Sky getting 32, BT would get eight, five to Amazon and the BBC."
So they are backing off the free-to-air promise, why do Sky and BT get the lion's share of the remaining games?
2 Posted 27/05/2020 at 11:08:15
Oh yea? Not so much at Watford:
"Troy Deeney and several Watford teammates stay away from training. Players have concerns over returning amid coronavirus crisis. Adrian Mariappa and two staff have tested positive."
3 Posted 27/05/2020 at 11:45:54
That, for me, would not just destroy any "integrity" the authorities are claiming to protect, but also the entire legitimacy of the competition.
Also, the idea of this season dribbling on into August is ludicrous.
4 Posted 27/05/2020 at 11:51:51
So Sky and BT can do one.
5 Posted 27/05/2020 at 11:54:25
Frankly, I've seen the farce of the German games, the matches look like training games anyway. I just want this season to be over without anyone getting injured, ill or dead.
We can then get the contracts of players sorted out. Transfers done. And just maybe, the next time the Premier League 'negotiate' any sort of commercial deal, they won't do it bent over with their trousers round their ankles.
6 Posted 27/05/2020 at 12:21:09
7 Posted 27/05/2020 at 12:36:56
I can't see them getting the rights to stitch it up but of course I would not put it past them.
8 Posted 27/05/2020 at 12:47:02
Each to his own obviously, but give me glorious sunshine over football right now and I will be more than happy!
9 Posted 27/05/2020 at 14:02:27
10 Posted 27/05/2020 at 15:08:50
Even watching a game on TV with a large set of supporters at the ground creating excitement, you can sense the atmosphere and get exited at home. It is the crowd that creates the excitement; with no crowd, it is not worth watching never mind paying greedy media outlets to watch it.
How many people find it more enjoyable to attend a concert than watch it on TV? Football is an entertainment sport and, with a lot of supporters, it is a way of life. You can't appreciate a sport like football if you can't get involved emotionally and no crowds at a ground removes all emotion and atmosphere from it.
Nobody likes what this pandemic is doing to a population who are basically social beings, but there are limits to what is allowed when they are expected to self-isolate, keep a social distance and then asked to watch a group of people go against these regulations just to please the media and a few clubs.
I watched the start of one of the German league games and switched it off after 15 minutes. No atmosphere... No excitement... Not worth watching.
11 Posted 27/05/2020 at 15:44:36
12 Posted 27/05/2020 at 15:51:55
13 Posted 27/05/2020 at 16:03:04
I cancelled my Sports subscription altogether and have to give 31 days notice, which is a bit of a rip-off. Also, when I tried to cancel online, it told me I couldn't and had to ring "this number." When you ring the number it tries to get rid of you by telling you it only deals with front liners, vulnerable people etc... In other words, they're making it hard to cancel your sports subscription. Am I surprised?
14 Posted 27/05/2020 at 16:11:27
Makes you think that when football returns to normal maybe we should pay the clubs and the players less and pay the crowds!!
15 Posted 27/05/2020 at 17:14:06
Admittedly it won't be football as we know it, but then again, post Corona, many things won't be exactly as we knew them.
There are questions about various members of our squad. We need answers, and the restart and the remainder of the season may well provide those answers.
16 Posted 27/05/2020 at 17:29:59
17 Posted 27/05/2020 at 17:31:39
18 Posted 27/05/2020 at 17:38:47
Yep, that'll be me anyway.
19 Posted 27/05/2020 at 18:16:03
20 Posted 27/05/2020 at 18:31:49
Bill #10, personally I don't need crowd noise to enjoy a game on TV. Probably 3/4 of the games I watch, I mute the idiot commentators anyway. So it's all a matter of taste. Me, I'm just into the games, not so much the atmosphere.
21 Posted 27/05/2020 at 18:45:49
Yes, definitely for me. I'm fast falling out of love with football given the farcical attempts to get this horrific season restarted and finished all in the name of money and ensuring Liverpool get their trophy. When the world is taking stock over what's important, and focusing inwards on health and family. It's quite frankly sickening and quite the turn off.
I will keep interested in Everton as always, but that's it.
22 Posted 27/05/2020 at 18:48:51
I cant get through to the conniving buggers, but I wonder how many people are also getting ripped off at the minute?
Another question, is it the final day for season ticket renewals tomorrow, even if some of the fixtures are going to be in an empty stadium?
23 Posted 27/05/2020 at 19:05:07
Very polite because they all think the same
24 Posted 27/05/2020 at 19:20:34
25 Posted 27/05/2020 at 20:13:39
26 Posted 27/05/2020 at 20:40:05
27 Posted 27/05/2020 at 20:41:37
28 Posted 27/05/2020 at 20:53:00
The fact is, Liverpool will not win the Premiership this season any more than Everton were champions from 1914 to 1919, or from 1939 to 1946.
Personally I'd be happy if the entire enterprise was bankrupted and we got back to national leagues and cups being the most important and world cups or continent wide competitions being a periodic "who cares" freak show.
29 Posted 27/05/2020 at 21:12:57
30 Posted 27/05/2020 at 21:44:30
31 Posted 27/05/2020 at 21:55:40
32 Posted 28/05/2020 at 06:48:23
What the top six clubs want. . . they get, just shows what their attitude is to their fans.
The whole thing is a farce and it could keep going into next season as well, the way they are going.
33 Posted 28/05/2020 at 08:29:25
I don't think people care anymore when they see the people making the rules breaking the rules and footballers back in contact training. My wife has to go back to teaching 4- and 5-year-olds with no concept of social distancing, so it doesn't matter what I do.
34 Posted 28/05/2020 at 08:45:14
A season interrupted by a serious pandemic that has killed thousands and remains a serious threat. More important issues than Premier League football. But, even from a football perspective, there are compromises to the integrity of the game.
As I've said before on here, winning this Premier League trophy will be like retrieving something out of an un-flushed toilet. It might come up shiny but the memory of it will always stink the place out.
No wonder we call them ‘the shite'.
35 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:03:21
Normal PLCs are going bust, bankrupt, or being forced to shed jobs. The impact of this virus will last for years and personally I don't think the game will be the same again, when people reflect on what's happened.
I want EFC and all Evertonians to stay healthy and safe, flourish in life, but for now how in the future crowds are allowed back, it seems will only be when a vaccine is created.
The Bundesliga games are like pre-season warm-ups with no urge or inkling from the players to step up through the gears. I'll not be watching any games, plenty of other things to sort out in the garden and odd jobs, I never do because of little time to do.
That's the big question, and feedback on BBC news, suggests 12-18 months minimum, for a vaccine. Cardboard cutouts, like when the old North Bank at Arsenal was being rebuilt but the rest of the ground was full.
Empty, soulless stadiums, isn't professional football.
All stay safe and well.
36 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:09:02
That club will stoop so low to get anything. No wonder the whole country despises them.
37 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:16:38
To borrow a phrase from our hapless Health Secretary, it's our "civic duty" to try to curb the spread of this virus, whether or not those in a position of power adhere to that belief.
38 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:20:19
Whilst out walking the dog in the park yesterday, I bumped into someone who I know from going the game. He told me he heard a rumour that, for the start of next season, Everton's "capacity" will be reduced by 50%, ie, every other seat will be vacant to abide by the 2-m rule. Now how they would work that out, I don't know, considering we have about 33k season ticket holders now. He told me it would be a ballot to determine who gets into the match.
I can't see this happening meself, but I suppose 20k fans is better than no fans at all. With all away fans banned, of course.
39 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:20:36
40 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:22:59
41 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:23:11
I haven't seen that but, as usual, their crimes and misdemeanours will be glossed over by the media.
People call me bitter and biased against them. But it's not my fault. I just can't stand anything about them!
(Mind you, I would feel equally indifferent to this season even if it was another club 20-odd points clear.)
43 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:27:14
44 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:33:48
There will probably be no away fans for the 20-21 season so those seats will be taken by home fans.
45 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:49:38
Each stand would have to be restricted to an infinitesimal number of people to make this ridiculous idea work – then again, the latest proposal is that "tackling should minimize close contact as much as possible" so I suppose the clowns running the game could come up with anything!
46 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:53:40
Obviously football grounds were not built with social distancing in mind, and without a successful treatment being found or better still a vaccine, I don't see how crowds will be allowed back into football grounds, even if, as Rob suggested, they take out alternate seats, which I don't think many would accept.
What happens at the end of a game when you have fans all leaving the stadium at the same time.
47 Posted 28/05/2020 at 09:59:56
rs in - feed tame journo an off-the-record tidbit on Traore, it's not tapping up, it's the media making things up – nowt to do with us, etc. One player possibly has his head turned and the idea planted in his head... Shocker!
48 Posted 28/05/2020 at 10:14:28
We were told a while back that, under the guidance of Jordan Henderson, a fund had been set up for Premier League players to make a donation to the NHS. Yet we have heard nothing as to how much has been donated and if any of those donations have been assigned to any organisations.
Seems remarkable that we could get daily updates from a 100-year-old man on how much he was raising on a daily basis yet, after several weeks, we have no idea how much the players have donated to their fund. Which makes cynical old me think it's a lot less than many of us would have expected, so they are keeping quiet on the subject.
49 Posted 28/05/2020 at 10:33:15
Danish Superliga club AGF Aarhus are using technology to bring 10,000 fans to the side of their pitch, despite the season being played behind closed doors when it restarts on Thursday.
At their home game against Randers, AGF will install a giant screen along the side of the pitch, creating what they call "the world's first virtual grandstand" so fans can support the team for free via Zoom - there will even be a section for away fans.
The only good thing is I would always have a bevie in my hand and me tea will be ready at full time!
50 Posted 28/05/2020 at 12:41:27
I suppose if they play the games, then the players are obligating their contracts, but maybe it's best not to blame the players, because the clubs have been stupid enough to give them the money in the first place, and must now be beginning to realise how much they are overpaying every member of their first-team squads.
51 Posted 28/05/2020 at 13:00:16
52 Posted 28/05/2020 at 13:22:40
Seems on a par with players maintaining a distance apart in training except when tackling which I suppose is a free kick if it becomes a missed tackle?
53 Posted 28/05/2020 at 13:56:49
Agreed that there is too much greed in the Premier League (players wages, agent cuts etc) but I do not blame the clubs at all for wanting to protect their finances and, by definition' their futures. That is called survival, not greed.
Whilst I think that the idea of finishing the current season should have been scrapped - for all the obvious reasons, I'm afraid that we're all may have to get used to the idea of "behind closed doors" matches for the foreseeable future. I agree that it's soulless but football, just like the restaurant that reinvents itself as a takeaway, the retail outlet that strengthens its on-line channel, is having to adapt. Only a handful of clubs could survive the rest of this and whole of next season with no revenue.
You may not like it but I'd rather stomach behind closed doors football it than have no footy at all to watch in the future.
One idea that springs to mind is that is that Premier League clubs could all agree to suspend all transfers for several seasons. This would force clubs to rely more on locally produced and coached lads who do not earn as obscene amounts, place the emphasis on coaching and raw talent, give youth a chance, increase identity with the clubs (fans and players alike), level out the playing field for a few seasons at least (more like it used to be), put a downward pressure on salaries and cut out the bloody agents!
I know, it'll never happen!
54 Posted 28/05/2020 at 14:45:44
55 Posted 28/05/2020 at 15:11:01
Despite the sterile German league games, tonight I watched the first Australian Rugby league game since the pandemic. The empty stadium was hardly noticeable because of the effort and endeavor of every player on the pitch.
If our team puts in half that effort it will be worth watching.
56 Posted 28/05/2020 at 15:19:57
57 Posted 28/05/2020 at 15:21:12
58 Posted 28/05/2020 at 15:30:25
RS champs by the end of June, football immediately put back on hold until 2037.
59 Posted 28/05/2020 at 15:48:42
I will be half-watching.
60 Posted 28/05/2020 at 16:11:36
Then queuing for a pie, or beer pre-match and half time... calls of nature...
Logistically to enforce such ideas would cost more than the day's takings, or close to it.
I see this could lead to plenty of dissatisfaction with all fans and would become a lottery but perhaps they'll bring in mini segregation barriers etc..
Interesting times for mankind, football and all sports.
All stay safe and well.
61 Posted 28/05/2020 at 16:15:59
All-in-all, it's reducing risk and maintaining health and safety regards international travel and potential spreading of Covid-19.
62 Posted 28/05/2020 at 16:17:11
The Premier League and all the clubs including Everton are an absolute disgrace. People's Club always was and still is a fucking joke.
63 Posted 28/05/2020 at 18:46:14
See you on the live feed at the re-start.
I may be wrong (it has been known), but I find it hard to believe that if we take a 2-0 lead against the RS in our first televised game, some of those on here who say they aren't interested won't leap up out of their deckchairs in the garden and head for the electronic nipple.
My, that was a long sentence.
64 Posted 29/05/2020 at 16:08:42
Normally, clubs play half their fixtures at Home and half Away. That is intended to ensure that no club enjoys an advantage. However, because Liverpool are so popular and their fans are likely to turn up at grounds even though they cannot get in, they will not have to play 'Away'?
That means that whichever team they are playing will not enjoy Home advantage even though Liverpool had Home advantage for the games played at Anfield.
So, if a club is in danger of relegation and due to play Liverpool at Home, they will lose that advantage because Liverpool are too popular and their fans too troublesome to allow the game to be played other than at a neutral venue. Is that correct?
If so, might not the clubs denied Home advantage feel aggrieved and might even consider legal action if the result is that they are relegated because they weren't able to play Liverpool at Home?
65 Posted 02/06/2020 at 01:08:36
Just my luck I would have got busted and thrown out... there again under big Sam, it was a risk worth taking.
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