With little to do other than sit around and think about things, the powers that be of football and the Premier League have been mulling over various options over how to handle this unprecedented situation, and trying to come up with multiple plans for the unplannable.
It’s a process that all businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are going through (so, all business are going through), but for some reason, every potential plan, solution, or even just idea in this case is getting met with a fairly significant “moral” backlash, as if just talking about the thought of playing football again is so untenable in this situation.
Just to make things clear that they do not intend to play while the pandemic is raging — because apparently this is an obvious thing that needs to be pointed out — the Premier League have released an official statement yesterday following the latest day of (video) meetings.
“Senior representatives from the PFA, Premier League, EFL and LMA met today and shared a constructive meeting regarding the challenges facing the game as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
”The meeting reiterated that the overriding priority is the health and well-being of the nation - including that of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters - and everyone agreed football must only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
“No decisions were taken today with discussions set to continue in the next 48 hours with a focus on several high-profile matters, including player wages and the resumption of the 2019/20 season.”
As the statement makes it clear, there are many issues that need to be talked about, figured out, and planned for. Now that the overall guidance has been made clear, we can start worrying about the smaller details maybe.