The rush to get a football show back on the diligently disinfected road – The Guardian

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Liverpool fan gets a view of Liverpool training on Tuesday. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Renowned for his no-nonsense, highly aggressive and combative style, it is odd that Troy Deeney has voiced his fears over a microscopic lump of practically nothing measuring just 120 nanometers in diameter, surrounded by a glycoprotein membrane and topped off with distinctive protein spikes. Indeed, had Liverpool known of the Watford captains reluctance to risk sharing a pitch with such a virus, they might have picked it ahead of Dejan Lovren back in early March and maintained their hopes of emulating Arsenals Premier League-winning Invincibles intact.

Rarely backwards in coming forwards, whether its to attack a cross into the box or the latest contentious issue of the day, Deeney announced on Monday that while the majority of Premier League players were preparing to return to their training grounds for phase one of TV Money Scramble, he would not be joining them because he hasnt been given enough assurances that doing so would be safe. Were due back in this week, Ive said Im not going in, he told renowned football interrogators Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew. It only takes one person to get infected within the group and I dont want to be bringing that home. My son is only five months old, he had breathing difficulties, so I dont want to come home to put him in more danger.

Deeneys decision has met with mixed verdicts in the all important court of public opinion. Some on assorted social media abominations fully support his decision not to risk the health of his infant child, while apparently more qualified medical experts have insisted that because Deeney earns a lot of money, it is beholden upon him to do whatever they say. Meanwhile back in real life, actual medical experts, specifically a majority of the collective body who work at various Premier League and Football League clubs, are similarly unenthused by the stampede back to the training grounds, saying they have not been sufficiently consulted in the rush to get a football show that not many people seem particularly interested in back on the diligently disinfected road.

As frontline staff who are implementing these strategies, their collective views should have been heard, said Football Medicine and Performance Association CEO, Eamonn Salmon. All of which wise chuntering leads The Fiver to suspect the football authorities must be pining for the days in which doctors were, to borrow a phrase from Cosmo Kramer, a bunch of yes-men and lackeys all towing the company line. And while the Premier League stops for no man and even remains sniffily indignant that it had to momentarily kow-tow in the face of a sweeping pandemic, it seems determined to get back up and running as soon as possible. It appears to do so with or without crucially the unanimous approval of knowledgeable medical professionals deemed unworthy of consultation, even though it is at them the Big Finger of Blame will immediately be pointed at the first sign of anything going horribly wrong.

In the hygiene concept the guideline is to celebrate within social distancing rule. One can imagine at the height of a goal being scored that maybe, sometimes, the players get closer. The clubs are working actively with players. They speak to them every day to remind them of what needs to be done to ensure we earn the right to a second matchday and a third and to finish the season senior Bundesliga suit Robert Klein reminds teams to respect social space, goal celebrations or not, after some flagrant disregarding at the weekend.

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To appease your Scottish reader, not a movie but a unique mention of fitba on TV (Fiver letters passim) in this wonderful clip from Succession Steve Dunn.

My nomination: Lee Mack accepting his Bafta in 2019 with a deft dig at the BBCs scheduling priorities (among a few other targets, because its the blessed Lee Mack). Start at 44s for the football part Eric Peterson.

Like yourselves I cant be ar$ed doing any proper research but Educating Rita was on the box a couple of nights ago and, at one point, Julie Walters husband was listening to the football results. I vaguely recall hearing both Port Vale and Wrexham mentioned. To make it even sadder he then went to the pub Morgan.

Re: yesterdays Still Want More? After Real Madrids famous European Cup victory at Hampden, Ferenc Puskas collared former Scotland international Jim Baxter and asked him where they could extend the evenings entertainment. Baxter eventually found a party in Drumchapel on the outskirts of Glasgow, explaining afterwards that the housing department should have put up a plaque on the tenement saying: Ferenc Puskas of Real Madrid scored here on 18 May 1960 Paul OSullivan.

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The Premier League has revealed that six players or staff tested positive for coronavirus in its first round of testing. The league carried out 748 tests and has said the positive tests were spread across three clubs.

Red-hot admin updates wait for no pandemic: Manchester Citys appeal against their two-year ban from European competitions will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport between 8-10 June.

Hull City are feeling fresh and funky following reports that theyve become the first Championship club to outline their opposition to restarting the season. We are disappointed that a letter which was intended to remain private between the EFL and other Championship clubs has been leaked, fumed a statement.

The players, coaching staff and management at Swiss champions Young Boys have agreed to temporary wage cuts to help the club balance the books and pay its 140 support staff during the shutdown. It is natural for the team to show solidarity with the club and the employees in these times, said captain Fabian Lustenberger. We also want to show that we can only overcome the crisis together.

Manchester United have urged supporters to stay away from behind-closed-doors games if the season restarts. By supporting from home and following government guidance, you will be playing your part to keep your friends, your family and all United fans safe, said the club.

And Queens Celtic manager Neil Lennon doesnt think he needs to make any new signings before the team embark on chasing their 10th consecutive Scottish title. I am not sure we need to do a lot of rebuilding at all, if at all, he cheered.

Barney Ronay on the Premier League riding shotgun into an unknown future.

Twenty years on from Deportivos sole La Liga title triumph, Donato gets his chat on with Sid Lowe about his decisive goal.

Thomas Mller is the perfect ghost player for the ghost games currently being put before us, writes Jonathan Liew.

Gary Naylors favourite game: when Everton roared back against Wimbledon in 1994 to seal Premier League safety at the last.

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