‘I’m a massive football fan – but I’m also a nurse’ – Stoke City fans could not be more blunt about 2019/20 season



There have been loads of negotiations, plenty of suggestions and even more speculation about how, when or if the Premier League and EFL can finish the 2019/20 season.

There are only nine games left. Liverpool are on the verge of winning a long-awaited title, Leeds United are on the cusp of clinching a return to the top flight, Stoke City have fought so hard to pull clear of the Championship relegation zone.

But the world is in crisis.

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown covering much of Europe. The Prime Minister was sent to hospital. Today it has been confirmed that the mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has died after being diagnosed with the disease.

So, yes, there are tentative talks about how things can get back to normal at some point – and hopefully the sooner the better. There have been discussions about the possibility of behind-closed-doors games broadcast live on television from neutral venues.

But, well, Stoke fans have been unanimous in their verdicts.

Keri Green said: “I am a massive football fan, but being a nurse I really couldn’t give a t*** about the game at the moment. I think we need to work hard to get a grip on the loss of life before football.”

Gary Oakes added: “I’m gutted there’s no Stoke City games being played but really? There are far more concerning issues at the minute. It’ll be back when safe to do so.”

David Anthony said: “Social distancing will last months. There’s no way football can be played while social distancing is enforced.”

Lisa Cobden said: “Absolutely love my football but right now I think there are far more important things to be worrying about. The Premier League is only worried about the money and nothing else.”

Roy Millward said: “No chance (football will be played behind closed doors in June) if things are as bad then as now. Ambulance and medical staff at games? I don’t think so.”

Tammy Bristow said: “I’m a season ticket holder and been watching football for the last 35 years but this is really starting to annoy me now!

“People are dying, people are ill, they’ve lost their livelihoods and can’t see family.

“Our own Prime Minister is in hospital with the virus and the FA are taking up valuable Government time talking about how they can restart the season… They need to give their heads a wobble!

“I really couldn’t give two monkeys about football right now. Just forget it. Yes, people will lose money but there’s too much of it in the game anyway in these leagues.”

Nick Zwetschnikow said: “Forget the money, people’s lives are at stake.”





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