Saints Said To Be In Favour Of Project Restart
Saturday, 9th May 2020 10:05
According to the Daily Echo Saints are said to be ready to vote in favour of Project Restart in what will be a crucial week in the future of football in this country.
The meeting and then voting of Premier League clubs this week is more than just a vote to complete this season, it is a vote for the continuance of football not just to complete this season, but actually next season and going forwards.
The issue is not directly financial, it is more legal, should clubs vote to void the season then the potential legal actions could see next season unable to start till these have been settled and that could drag on for months and even as long as a year.
So the issues for the 20 Premier League clubs are far more reaching than just playing a few games of football.
From a medical and scientific point of view it is keen that the Government is keen for football to restart behind closed doors, it sees it as a boost to the population's morale to have sport return and it also see's it as something that will keep a good proportion of the population indoors to watch it at times when they will be tempted to go out en masse in the summer sun and from this viewpoint they see it as almost essential that football returns.
All of these plans though are subject to strict conditions being met to allow it's return, they are not based on the current situation, but the experts predictions on just where the Country will be in 5-6 weeks time.
According to the Daily Echo who presumably have communication with the club, Saints are in favour of the restart, although some clubs are openly expressing concerns, these seem mainly to centre around the intention to use neutral grounds and mainly come from teams in the relegation battle at the bottom.
As with any Premier League change, it will need a 14 team majority for the rule to be passed.
So it seems that the issues at the moment are not about re starting the season, or playing behind closed doors, but about playing at neutral grounds with teams at the bottom fearing losing home advantage will cost them dearly.
The Premier League are targeting a return to training in small groups from May 18, although this will depend on what Boris Johnson says on Sunday Evening.
The clubs are well aware that the games will be played under strict medical safety checks and supervision and that this is not an issue, a Premier League footballer will be one of the safest people in the country, it will be far far safer to play for Saints against Arsenal on a Saturday afternoon than spend it in Tesco's or at the beach and the same could probably be said for watching it from home.
These discussions between football and the Government have been going on for some time, the clubs are fully informed, it seems in the main they are well aware of the pros and cons and the reasons for football restarting as well as the financial implications, now it will all come down to the neutral venue issue.
The Daily Echo is led to believe that Saints have always wanted to finish the current campaign and with playing games at home ruled out, they are open to competing at neutral venues.
We will of course be able to look at Germany where the Bundesliga will re start next weekend behind closed doors, Spain and Italy has seen teams re start training of sorts and they are negotiating a return to closed doors action in mid June.
The problem though is that it seems that no country has had exactly identical issues than another, our slowness in lockdown has been cited by some and the Cheltenham festival being allowed to go ahead as a big mistake by the government, but that event was attended by 20-25,000 who travelled over from Ireland, yet they have had fewer than 1,500 deaths from the virus.
This highlights that what will affect one country will not necessarily affect another in the same way, this being the case it is hard to compare data.
So in my opinion we have to look at how Germany gets on with our restart and then look to our own medical & scientific experts to assess the situation here, my guess judging by the words coming from the Goverment is that re starting football behind closed doors safely is not an issue, it is other issues that have to be dealt with including keeping fans from attending the stadiums in numbers.
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