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Re: Here We Go

By SDG (SDG (Ks))1/6/2020 19:00Mon Jun 1 19:00:45 2020In response to Re: Here We Go

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I agree. I don't think there is any way that non-league resumes before professional football does (with crowds) and might be some time after. For starters, if we were on and the pro game was behind closed doors then non-league clubs would be swamped by fans - we saw this already when some leagues shut down a week later and there were massive crowds at Dulwich and South Shields. Social distancing on the terraces would be unenforceable.

Premier League clubs have huge financial ties around long player contracts, transfer fees, sometimes stadium debt, they'll be incentivised to get the games on, even if conditions aren't ideal. Non-league is the opposite, it's a money drain at the best of times and clubs won't want to play unless they can minimise their losses - that means all the fans wanting to come, including those in vulnerable categories, it means the bar being open, it means owners' businesses being back on a level footing. Even looking optimistically at how the country might recover from coronavirus it's hard to see any of this happening until there's a vaccine.

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