Our columnist ROBBIE EARLE would love to see a certain celebration when the next Premier League goal is scored…
“I can’t wait to see how the first Premier League goal is celebrated when football does resume next week.
There’s growing talk about players going down on one knee to mark the death of George Floyd and the protests which have followed.
I’d certainly have no problem with seeing Sheffield United or Aston Villa players doing just that if there’s a goal in the first scheduled fixture.
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Here in the States, there has long been a huge furore over American football star Colin Kaepernick going down on one knee during the national anthem.
And this week the NFL chief has apologised to the Black Lives Matter movement – and rightly so because it was never meant as an insult to the flag.
I don’t know about you back home, but to me it does all feel a bit different this time.
There’s an energy and an impetus we haven’t experienced before, one that can affect change, and football has its part to play in that.
I can’t tell you how delighted I am that my old club Wimbledon have had their season ended – with them one place above the relegation zone in League One.
That’s obviously important anyway, but particularly at a time when they are getting ready to return to their spiritual home in Merton where the famous Plough Lane once stood.
Wimbledon remains close to my heart and I’m in a WhatsApp group with the likes of Lawrie Sanchez, Efan Ekoku and Dean Holdsworth.
You can’t have been at Wimbledon back then and not have made what you might call buddies for life.
Twice-a-year they meet up for a drink and a chat over old times, but unfortunately I don’t always get there now I’m in the States.
Port Vale is obviously another club dear to me and there will be mixed feelings, I guess, over their season in League Two being called to a halt.
There they were just outside the play-off places and in great form, so who knows what would have happened in normal circumstances?
But given the financial implications of resuming their season, you can understand why there will also be a huge sigh of relief at places like Vale Park.”