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    Questions about the EPL trying to restart their season

    I've not really paid a lot of attention to this so apologies if it has all been answered, but is it just accepted that they could restart their season well after it was officially due to finish? What about issues like player contracts coming to an end? Are the huge number of foreign players in the English top flight all in the UK at present?

    Looking at more specific health issues, how about players/staff who may have underlying conditions being expected to take part when we're still in such a precarious situation regarding Covid-19? Roy Hodgson for example is in his 70s and in the highest risk category. I also read an interview with Darren Fletcher who, while he's not got a club, said he wouldn't be able to play in the current climate due to his medical condition.
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    Troy deeney has said he isn't going back for the time being.

    I'm paraphrasing, but he basically said, I can't get my hair cut until July, but I can go for a header with 19 people?

    He also expressed concerns about the higher bame mortality rate and what the epl was doing to protect its players. Said he got no answers, so he's staying home as family is more important to him than cash.

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    Troy deeney has said he isn't going back for the time being.

    I'm paraphrasing, but he basically said, I can't get my hair cut until July, but I can go for a header with 19 people?

    He also expressed concerns about the higher bame mortality rate and what the epl was doing to protect its players. Said he got no answers, so he's staying home as family is more important to him than cash.
    That's interesting. So is the implication that there's money to be made and the EPL are keen to exploit that opportunity even if players and staff may be worried about the health risks?

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    Frankly, Watford havenít got a hope of getting out of relegation trouble unless Troy Deeney plays.

    So what does that say about sporting integrity?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacomo View Post
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    Frankly, Watford havenít got a hope of getting out of relegation trouble unless Troy Deeney plays.

    So what does that say about sporting integrity? JJ
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    Its a valid point about haircuts though. Same with subs wearing masks in germany.....

    Its all seems a bit of a mish mash of random things to give the appearance of 'safety'

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    He should be a hero.



    Its a valid point about haircuts though. Same with subs wearing masks in germany.....

    Its all seems a bit of a mish mash of random things to give the appearance of 'safety'

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    Not really unless the hairdresser is getting tested twice a week and is isolated at home apart from seeing you, like the players are

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    They should just call the bloody league make Liverpool champions. Not sure what they would do about relegation etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiberniankb View Post
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    They should just call the bloody league make Liverpool champions. Not sure what they would do about relegation etc.
    They should just do the decent thing and relegate Hearts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiberniankb View Post
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    They should just call the bloody league make Liverpool champions. Not sure what they would do about relegation etc.
    Same as here. Norwich and Villa down. No playoff as the Championship is done. Bournemouth survive.

    Or, get Bournemouth launched and Fulham can come up as third place in the Championship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future17 View Post
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    They should just do the decent thing and relegate Hearts.
    A move I can get behind

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    Very few players that clubs will actually miss gonna be out of contract, Ryan Fraser is one of them.

    I think its good they are trying to restart. Germans showing it is possible.
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    I wonder how long it is before a player, their agent or even the obsequious PFA challenge this and refer if to the Health and Safety Executive as the league and the clubs are derelict in their duty of care to their employees health, safety and welfare by exposing them to a known risk

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    They should just do the decent thing and relegate Hearts.

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    I wonder how long it is before a player, their agent or even the obsequious PFA challenge this and refer if to the Health and Safety Executive as the league and the clubs are derelict in their duty of care to their employees health, safety and welfare by exposing them to a known risk
    I'm sure the players will have better h and s that almost all of England that have been told to get back to work if can't work from home

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    Very few players that clubs will actually miss gonna be out of contract, Ryan Fraser is one of them.

    I think its good they are trying to restart. Germans showing it is possible.
    They've not showed its possible yet imo. Only takes one player to get the virus and it'll come tumbling down like a pack of cards.

    Hopefully doesn't happen as I'm desperate to get back to the football, but you never know.

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    I'm sure the players will have better h and s that almost all of England that have been told to get back to work if can't work from home
    ...told to get back to work has resulted in a spike in referals to the HSE in England...the only OOE that is being mandated in the EPL is shin guards!

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    6 positive tests from the first lot of mass testing in England.

    Only from three clubs. Don't know if they only tested 3 clubs, or if there was only cases at three though.

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    All teams tested 800 people

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    Crown Liverpool champions
    relegate Villa, Norwich, Bournemouth and Hearts
    Villa then sell McGinn for £60m

    Be happy with that.

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    Hull sent in a private letter, asking for the season to be declared null and void, and the letter gets leaked. So itís not just in Scotland, these sort of things go on

    Hull are 2 points above the automatic drop zone!!

    Think the fun and games in the English Leagues are just about to start. Letís see how they all handle this, after having a pop at the SPFL

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    Very few players that clubs will actually miss gonna be out of contract, Ryan Fraser is one of them.

    I think its good they are trying to restart. Germans showing it is possible.
    Bundesliga: 'Bizarre, sterile and eerie'

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52696930

    Not my idea of a worthwhile return to action. Personally I think all unfinished seasons should be called rather than go to the bother of staging these sort of 'ghost' matches. They bear little relation to the real thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G B Young View Post
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    Bundesliga: 'Bizarre, sterile and eerie'

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52696930

    Not my idea of a worthwhile return to action. Personally I think all unfinished seasons should be called rather than go to the bother of staging these sort of 'ghost' matches. They bear little relation to the real thing.
    It doesn't matter for this season.

    They are still excellent football matches, just without the crowd for a month or two. We all fell in love with football playing it as kids with no crowd.

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    It doesn't matter for this season.

    They are still excellent football matches, just without the crowd for a month or two. We all fell in love with football playing it as kids with no crowd.


    I get that the lack of atmosphere is a bit weird but it's still the beautiful game.

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    I get that the lack of atmosphere is a bit weird but it's still the beautiful game.
    Like Hibs V Third lanark in 1962 !

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    Sky reporting six positive Covid-19 tests across three EPL clubs.

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    I get that the lack of atmosphere is a bit weird but it's still the beautiful game.
    Not ideal, but the Munich game was a decent watch on Sunday. The games will get better over the next couple of weeks ago. Itís better than watching Homes Under The Hammer or something like that.

    Quite a few leagues returning over the next fortnight or so. Denmark, Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovakia off the top of my head.

    Football canít just stop until coronavirus is completely gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onceinawhile View Post
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    Troy deeney has said he isn't going back for the time being.

    I'm paraphrasing, but he basically said, I can't get my hair cut until July, but I can go for a header with 19 people?

    He also expressed concerns about the higher bame mortality rate and what the epl was doing to protect its players. Said he got no answers, so he's staying home as family is more important to him than cash.
    I saw that earlier, does the last part of your post mean he's not getting paid?
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    It doesn't matter for this season.

    They are still excellent football matches, just without the crowd for a month or two. We all fell in love with football playing it as kids with no crowd.
    Fair point. I guess it also depends how into football you are. Personally I couldn't tell you when I last watched a match which didn't involve Hibs and I might even think twice about watching them playing a closed doors match on TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.H.F.C View Post
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    Not ideal, but the Munich game was a decent watch on Sunday. The games will get better over the next couple of weeks ago. Itís better than watching Homes Under The Hammer or something like that.

    Quite a few leagues returning over the next fortnight or so. Denmark, Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovakia off the top of my head.

    Football canít just stop until coronavirus is completely gone.
    I agree, but there's an increasing number of people (on here and in the wider community) who are so ****-scared of this virus, they'd have the entire planet locked down until we can be guaranteed its gone for good.

    I assume those tested positive haven't been in contact with their teammates, so it shouldn't derail the restart of the EPL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MWHIBBIES View Post
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    It doesn't matter for this season.

    They are still excellent football matches, just without the crowd for a month or two. We all fell in love with football playing it as kids with no crowd.
    Exactly, most of the matches were of a high standard and there's some cracking fixtures coming up at the weekend and Dortmund v munich a week tonight.

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