Football in England is suspended until at least 30 April amid the coronavirus pandemic. This is what we all know, but what’s happening next? Early to say since there is still one month to go, but following the latest bad news from the UK, the chance for a fresh start is lower than low.
Fans are important but let’s not forget the money
Statements from PFA chief executive Bobby Barnes suggest that players prefer playing in packed stadiums but are willing to play behind closed doors as well.
“Football is being played for fans” is the cliche we hear quite often – actually so often that we tend not to place any critical thinking over it. Football is a lucrative business and we should not underestimate money as the real gasoline trying to make the engine run again. Most of Premier League’s income comes from the TV rights and there are signed contracts that have to be adhered to.
If the [league 8] or other leagues start, there will be no fans in the stadiums. We can be sure of that and the scenario is most likely to be followed by the majority of countries (if not all) in the world. The risk is simply too high.