Recently football fans attitudes appear to have changed regarding how the English football season should be concluded with more thinking the season should be voided. If social media is anything to go by, more and more supporters are calling for the 2019/2020 season to be declared null and void.
Whilst there is no scientific way of determining the views of the masses, you do get a feeling that the longer the pandemic goes on in the UK the more resigned fans are to drawing a line under the season and calling it quits.
These feelings are fuelled by other European leagues coming to decisions sooner than the FA, Premier League and EFL.
#mcfc fans @MoSurrey & @IanCheeseman took views of 2,000 fans and wrote to @premierleague @FA “to respectfully consider: No football behind closed doors; Cancel the season now to show respect for all the lost lives to the pandemic & the heroic acts of sacrifice shown by so many.”— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) April 30, 2020
Holland have already called an end to the Eredivisie with no relegations and no team crowned champions. The Dutch league is far from settled with Ajax and AZ Alkmaar tied at the top on the same points and relegation unresolved.
Ligue 1 was suspended and Paris Saint-Germain have been awarded the title on a points per game basis with Lorient being promoted from Ligue 2. Amiens and Toulouse have been relegated from Ligue 1.
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson fears a “farcical” situation with fans congregating outside Anfield and says resuming the Premier League is a “non-starter.”— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 30, 2020
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In Germany, the Bundesliga was due to restart on May 9th however as the country has experienced a rise in Coronavirus cases, this date has been put back possibly restarting later that month.
As fellow European leagues make decisions not to fulfill their respective seasons, the Premier League continuing with Project Restart gives the opinion that they are more concerned about money than lives.
Twitter is a cumbersome way of doing this – but if the decision on League One were in your hands, what would you do? #bwfc— Marc Iles (@MarcIles) April 30, 2020
There are genuine concerns that footballers would be using vital equipment like face masks during games and being tested numerous times per week when NHS staff and key workers are struggling to obtain such items.
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