Premier League will have 92 more games to finish. As expected, this tournament will return in mid-June, on neutral ground, without the spectators. And the players will practice focusing again in mid-May.
The decision of the player
For the season to restart, the meeting will need 14/20 votes. UK experts said six teams ranked at the bottom of the rankings – Brighton, West Ham, Watford, Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich – opposed the project, while the rest agreed.
But that is the opinion of the club leadership, and the key point now is that the players will have the right to veto this project, through the club must get their opinions before the upcoming meeting. The Professional Player Association (PFA) and the Coach Association will act as advisors for them.
Of course, the welfare of the players will be the biggest problem. They may be very concerned about the risk of Covid-19 infection and spread to their loved ones if they return to practice and play. In addition, are the players insured, if they are positive for the coronavirus as was the case with the three Cologne players recently? We all know that the evolution of Covid-19 in the UK is much more complicated, with more than 28,000 deaths, compared to more than 6000 people in Germany.
While English football is trying to find a way to end the season, this will be a big deal. Anyone can be infected – like the English government slogan – and they include the players. While the wives and parents of the players are unable to drink coffee, watch movies, or children have to leave school, they themselves are required to go to the field, compete fiercely, struggle, sweat, and breathe in each other. If you are, do you agree?
The messages of the clubs are different, and the rights of the players are the same. Therefore it will not be easy to reach a consensus.
But what about the other team players? What is the motivation of the players wearing Crystal Palace and Burnley, who do not worry about relegation nor dream of the European Cup? What do they have to try to accomplish this season and risk being isolated, hospitalized, and even life-threatening? To end the season, the players are required to do the opposite of most people across the country.
Leaving home, going to the training ground, the playing field can bring economic and sports prospects, but not health. And like the pyramid model, the deeper it gets, the harder it gets. Many Premier League clubs have a training ground and pitch that are safer than average hospitals, but facilities in League One and League Two do not. And the lower the club, the greater the risk of infection.