Date: 6th April 2020 at 8:21am
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Before I stepped back from the front line to do my duty and work my 5×12 hour shifts in the day job, I left you all with the following article – chelseas-2019-2020-season-could-end-in-dramatic-fashion.

It contained the following line

“To me, the idea put forward stinks of money and of fulfilling financial obligations”.

Which prompted Navid Deen to submit the following response, in our comment facility.

Now Navid’s response, which can be read below, picks up on the money thread and his thoughts echo mine perfectly.

Please read on and feel free to add your views in the comment facility beneath this article.

“To me, the idea put forward stinks of money and of fulfilling financial obligations”.

Take it away Navid:

That is, of course, the crux of the matter.

The only benefit of continuing to try to play a full season is to secure the TV and sponsorship money.

The powers that be have effectively placed a value on the profit and loss account of each club at a cumulative price of around £752 million. Over 1.2 million infected people across the globe and counting but £752 million is the magic number!

I know that the players are often derided for the money that they make but all of a sudden FIFA, UEFA and most of the football associations have decided that the players are collateral damage and can be spared.

Football is a contact sport played by footballers who are elite athletes. However, they are NOT expendable.

How can the remaining games be played behind closed doors when it is our adulation that inspires these young footballers.

How would games be played to GUARANTEE that none of them would be infected getting to the game, playing the game and then getting home? By locking the fans away? We’ll just turn up and stand on the roads leading to the stadia.

When players are straining every sinew to win the ball how do you expect them to tackle each other without making contact?

How would you take corners?

Would it be just the defenders in the penalty box or just forwards?

Would we have just two goalkeepers and two strikers on the pitch to maintain social distancing?
Perhaps it will be you score then we score then you score then we…….

Pathetic.

When these athletes spit to clear their airways, who would go around catching the spittal safely?

If God forbid a player gets seriously injured, would they be just left there to sort it out for themselves (a piece of wood and a bandage perhaps to mend a leg) or would they be taken to the hospital where the NHS and even private hospitals are running at capacity looking after patients on life support machines?

One local hospital has closed because they’ve run out of oxygen.

Wake up.

The players cannot be placed in a position where there is a potential risk of even one of them becoming infected, hospitalised and die.

Which one of the sports administrators would put their own sons or daughters at such risk!

I have a son and a daughter who would do anything to play for our beloved Chelsea.

BUT I WOULD NOT ALLOW THEM TO CROSS THE WHITE LINE AT STAMFORD BRIDGE EVEN TO FULFILL THEIR DREAMS.

MY SON AND MY DAUGHTER ARE WORTH MORE THAN £752 MILLION.

If Liverpool are so keen to receive the title, then let them have it. They were the best team so far so why not? If teams like Bayern, Juventus or Madrid want the Champions let them have it.

I am past caring.

In the UK we are losing about 600 loved ones every day. 600 irreplaceable loved ones.

Footballers are someone’s loved ones too.

Shame on you FIFA, UEFA and all the rest.

I’d rather have my son and daughter for as long as I can, thank you.

Every time an ambulance siren sounds my heart jumps a beat and then I hold my breath in fear for the families that might be about to enter the depths of despair. I often pray in the hope that my prayers might help the suffering.

And finally, to all my fellow Chelsea fans and to football fans all over the world, take care and stay safe.

We can all start hating each other (in the footballing sense) next season.

But for now, we are all equal, we are a global family and I wish you all the very best through these darkest hours.

KTBFFH, always.

Thank you, Navid for putting my precise thoughts into words.

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