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14 May 2020 12:23:36
Ed's, is it true that they have now decided to scrap the neutral venues ideas and clubs can use own grounds as long as they cover costs etc?

{Ed002's Note - It is not entirely resolved but a number of clubs are pushing for it to happen. But there are issues.}

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14 May 2020 16:11:37
I really hope fans don’t gather outside grounds, hopefully the germans will set an example on the weekend.

However they have a much more trusting society, and they listen to authority.

{Ed002's Note - That is one of the major issues.}

14 May 2020 16:43:37
Without neutral venues, any idea how to fix it?
I would say points deductions but youd just have fans turning up at each others grounds.
Life bans won't work as the majority won't attend games and the manpower to police it would be huge.
I get why some clubs were against neutral grounds but I hope its something they can find a way to compromise on. Until then I'll be watching the Bundesliga!

{Ed002's Note - It is only the Liverpool supporters that think fans of other clubs turn up at Anfield. The problem quite frankly will be the Liverpool supporters way more than any others.}

14 May 2020 17:09:14
I know it’ll be a huge problem with us Ed002 I don’t disagree.

14 May 2020 17:12:21
Let’s hope all fans stay away from the grounds so at least we have half a chance of getting the season finished.

14 May 2020 19:15:55
Yeah let's hope not, I really don't think our fans will, given the fact that we are so desperate to get the title over the line. I'm sure there will be the odd idiot. Fingers crossed they find a safe solution for all.

14 May 2020 19:19:18
Guess that is because we are going to win the title and other fans have nothing to play for as such. I'd still like to think they won't turn up in any case. Despite what some people on here think, I actually think common sense will prevail here.

14 May 2020 19:25:17
I don't think we will be any worse or better than anyone else.

14 May 2020 20:56:58
What about a 20 point deduction to any club that has fans turn up outside. I’m being serious with this, what is perhaps the only thing that will stop the complete morons who might gather outside Anfield, or a club that avoids relegation for that matter? A punishment that actually then reverses the achievement they turned up to celebrate. If Liverpool are so confident their fans won’t do it, as they have suggested they are, and the clubs against neutral venues are so resolute in their objections, then let them play on with the jeopardy hanging over them.

{Ed025's Note - you can bet your life that everton supporters wearing red shirts would congregate outside anfield hopeful and other rivals at other grounds, and even if it was reds supporters the club would deny it, your idea is that bad that you could be elected on to the governments pandemic task force mate.. :)

14 May 2020 21:39:44
Actually I’ve just had the tap on the shoulder Ed!

{Ed025's Note - it was always coming mate.. :)

14 May 2020 21:55:51
Brutal that 25 mate.

14 May 2020 23:25:38
Glad to see u ed25.

15 May 2020 01:11:12
Hi ed2, random question - say for arguments sake the season does restart, what would happen if one club decided they would just pull their team out of games? assuming there is a rule under normal circumstances that covers if a club refuses to compete and would just be applied?

{Ed002's Note - That is still possible in Spain and Italy and no way forward has been agreed. Players refusing to play because they feel unsafe or being asked the sign a waiver accepting the risks is certainly an issue we may see. Clubs are likely to have to play with reduced squads if that were the case.}

15 May 2020 04:04:40
Ed25 called it as it is. I like it!

15 May 2020 08:06:13
20pt deduction has got to go down as one of the stupidest ideas ever.

15 May 2020 13:25:38
A 20 point deduction is a completely daft idea. Especially when that wouldn't be a deterrent as we're 25 points clear.

I know no-one really wants an asterix next to us, but if that asterix meant "still won the title despite being given a 20 point deduction".

16 May 2020 08:54:42
Gonna sound awful now but for £100k plus per week, I fully expect a fit healthy player not to refuse to play when we have the NHS turning up to do their much more dangerous jobs on a daily basis. If all footballers have to go into quarantine for a month to see the season out then I don’t see how they can refuse given how much they get paid. Instead I hear in the press that some of them are ‘scared’ - they are hardly frontline workers on minimum wage, they need to grow up a bit.

{Ed001's Note - bit of a difference. Nurses, doctors etc go into their jobs knowing that it is a risk they face every day, whether there is a pandemic or not. Footballers don't sign up to risk their lives and money should not come into it. That is one of the reasons why, in the original set up of the NHS, nurses etc were not paid massive wages. It was so it would be something people went into because they cared and wanted to do it, rather than because they wanted the money.}

16 May 2020 09:54:08
Footballers, and any sports where there’s a requirement to be super fit, are probably the least likely group of people to be in any danger from this. It’s easy to say money shouldn’t come into it but for the wages they get paid they should they shouldn’t we waffling about being scared when normal people are having to go about their lives for significantly less ££s. It’s not something that ever bothered me much before but I’m starting to become annoyed by this cosseted bubble that the players live in with no understanding of how the vast majority of their fans live.

{Ed001's Note - You do realise they have families they go home to that can be affected? Just because the footballer themselves is not likely to be in danger is utterly irrelevant and completely misses the point. They are not worried about themselves catching it, they are worried about their children, their partners, their parents and grandparents, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and so on.}

16 May 2020 11:00:21
Close family though likely to be at very very minimal risk given the likely age profile. And they shouldn't really be spending time with their wider family should they under the rules? sorry Ed001 but I'm struggling to be too sympathetic with them on this.

{Ed001's Note - minimal risk? You mean as they are likely to have babies? And what if the wider family lives with them, as most foreign players and younger players tend to live with their parents? You are just showing yourself to lack empathy and showing how selfish you are, not footballers.}

16 May 2020 12:11:52
Selfish? I've spent the last 8 weeks helping out at our local community hub delivering food to elderly / ill / vulnerable folk who REALLY can't leave their homes.

Sorry Ed001, it's just too hard to empathise with mega-rich footballers moaning when they'll be living in a super hygienic, regularly tested bubble when the vast majority of normal people are having to go out to work and put themselves at significantly higher risk. Guess we'll have to agree to disagree in this one.

{Ed033's Note - Well done johnnyr for helping people. Only elderly / ill / vulnerable folk need to be quarantined under house arrest surely, not the rest of us. Look at Sweden.

17 May 2020 00:05:56
Ed0333 - Sweden have the 4th highest death rate per % of population in the world. Their death rate is over 800% more than Norway. Not having a lockdown was a huge mistake and thousands have died needlessly.



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