Bojan Krkic has made a plea to football fans to find a positive ‘even in a moment as serious as this’ from the enforced break due to coronavirus.
The former Stoke City playmaker and darling of the Boothen End is adamant that postponing matches is the way forward rather than trying to play behind closed doors, as some matches have been across Europe this week.
His own club, Montreal Impact, were due to be playing in the CONCACAF Champions League and MLS but all games have been postponed until at least April.
He hopes that it will serve as a chance to change attitudes “so that we never realise what we have until we have lost it”.
The 29-year-old, who also played for Barcelona, Roma, AC Milan and Ajax, is fed up of “superfluous insults” and “fights that should not exist” and wants those negative aspects that dog football to be consigned to the dustbin of history by the time that sport returns.
He wrote in a blog for Diario Sport: “The fan is an essential part of the world of sports and I fully understand what Lebron James said, ‘I will not play without the fans, I play for the people.’
“As a professional footballer I cannot understand that matches have been played without a crowd. Just imagining the game the other day at Anfield without the Liverpool fans (and the Atlético fans) saddens me. That is why I prefer that the competition be suspended rather than go ahead without those who give it meaning.
“But my reflection goes in another direction, because the health crisis is advancing very fast and the news is constantly happening. We are running out of sport, without that part of our lives that makes us so happy, but the human part is above all and it is vital to remember how untouchable that must be.
“This crisis, which we will all overcome, must serve to place where our world deserves: soccer, basketball, motorcycling, tennis or cycling. It is important, but it is not everything in life.
“For a minimum of two weeks we will be orphaned of what we like the most, yes.
“But it would be good to take advantage of that time to think about everything that makes sport dirty: those sterile controversies that do not add up, those insults that are superfluous and, above all, fights that should not exist.
“Because, although some believe that their team is running out of life, this is not the case.
“Even in moments as serious as this, it is also possible to extract something positive.
“And I can’t think of a better way to honour the world of sports than to take advantage of this break to return stronger, with a more positive attitude, so that we never realise what we have until we have lost it. The time has come to value everything.”