Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by hammers92 » Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:19 am

I don’t see how we can have the winter break at the end of January now. It’s surely got to be played through?

Going to be utter carnage towards the end of March.

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by wolf359 » Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:22 am

hammers92 wrote:
Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:19 am
Going to be utter carnage for almost everyone else towards the end of March.
Good, reap what you sow.

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by hammers92 » Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:23 am

Yep, it’s why the Leeds result was really, really annoying.

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by funky chicken » Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:26 am

Spare a thought for all the highly rated youngsters playing for the u23 teams across the Premier League. Clubs such as the Spuds, Liverpool, the Gooners, Burnley etc. would rather postpone their games then stick even some of them on the bench. Let alone give them a chance. They in a nutshell stuck their middle finger up to their academy.

At least Moyes did the honourable thing on Sunday. Even bringing 1 on off the bench. :newthumb:

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by Aceface » Tue Jan 18, 2022 10:15 am

Leicester have 11 first-teamers unavailable for their game against Spurs.

Hope it gets called off, for multiple reasons. But mainly because given it’s already anarchy, the best we can hope for now is a truly ludicrous fixture pile up for Tottenham from now until May.

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by prophet:marginal » Tue Jan 18, 2022 10:27 am

Off to work soon

Think I am going to don a black armband on behalf of Arsenal Football Club.

Feel so sorry for them

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by YorksHammer » Tue Jan 18, 2022 10:33 am

Aceface wrote:
Tue Jan 18, 2022 10:15 am
Leicester have 11 first-teamers unavailable for their game against Spurs.

Hope it gets called off, for multiple reasons. But mainly because given it’s already anarchy, the best we can hope for now is a truly ludicrous fixture pile up for Tottenham from now until May.
It's a shame they got knocked out of the Conference League, because chucking that on top of things would have been enormously hilarious,

Part of me is happy to sit back and just watch it burn for everyone else. I can't help but feel it's slightly to our detriment to carry on playing when other clubs can't, not least because other teams will be able to know what they have to do to overhaul us, but I'd rather we played than didn't.

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by funky chicken » Tue Jan 18, 2022 10:46 am

YorksHammer wrote:
Tue Jan 18, 2022 10:33 am
It's a shame they got knocked out of the Conference League, because chucking that on top of things would have been enormously hilarious.
The irony is the Conference League was probably their best chance of ending their trophy draught. And yet completely turned their nose up to it.

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by blahblahblah » Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:21 pm

There has to be a huge asterisk on this year's results, especially if Arsenal or Burnley end up benefiting from all the postponements.

I would have thought that the broadcasters would have put a stop to the last minute changes, but it cannot be hurting their profits since we keep seeing so many postponements.

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by Whufc06 » Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:37 pm

So Arsenal, who haven’t got enough players to fulfil their fixtures have today released another senior player (Kolasinac). What a ****ing joke, they are taking the piss in full view and don’t even care

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by James P » Tue Jan 18, 2022 11:37 pm

Whufc06 wrote:
Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:37 pm
So Arsenal, who haven’t got enough players to fulfil their fixtures have today released another senior player (Kolasinac). What a ****ing joke, they are taking the piss in full view and don’t even care
Been doing it for decades whilst claiming their club is a symbol of class

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by e17 » Wed Jan 19, 2022 12:12 am

Hate that I’m in agreement with the Chelsea manager this evening. Brighton unquestionably have gained fresh legs and therefore points from the postponement of games v Man U & Spurs.

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by The Straw » Wed Jan 19, 2022 12:56 am

I would note that Tottenham Hotspur's postponed games in December absolutely reek of another Italian Job from Antonio Conte (if you're not aware of his previous, then please do google 'Conte match fixing' - he is no angel whichever way you look at that whole fiasco).

That break gave them time to settle into his ideas and to get themselves thrown out of a competition they didn't want to be in. A coincidental bonus of said events ensured that when they do play catch-up in the league, they will be able to use their large squad (plus any new additions) to play in England on Wednesdays, rather than having to travel to god knows where on Thursdays.

They now now have 5 games in hand over Chelsea in 3rd (11 points behind) and are somehow twelve points off Liverpool in 2nd with three games in hand. Both Chelsea and Liverpool likely have a fair few more European fixtures to play.

It seems to have gone under the radar as they were the first to do it. But IMO Spurs are the ones who have played a blinder in all this.

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by Modern » Wed Jan 19, 2022 5:53 am

You're seeing something that isn’t there I promise.

Spurs absolutely did have a covid outbreak, that eventually consisted of around 10 first team players, first team coaches and U23 players. It hadn’t made the press yet but two first team players were missing against Norwich on the 5th of December with what was described as 'illness' coaches were missing from the bench this day too. News broke that night and the outbreak spread in the following days.

If you look at Tottenham's training pictures on prior their next game, the game they couldn’t fulfil against Rennes, Son is now missing as is Moura, Davies, Gil and Royal amongst others, as well as various coaches. Here is Conte's press conference where he details how much they are struggling to control the outbreak as players in the 'all clear' group keep testing positive, so essentially everyone at the club has been exposed to people with the virus and in close contact as they prepare for the match.



Spurs hadn’t said they couldn’t play the fixture at this point but it’s clear they had a huge problem controlling the outbreak. After further positive tests that evening it was decided the game could not be played safety, Spurs put out this statement and the training ground was shut:

We can confirm that our UEFA Europa Conference League Group G home fixture against Stade Rennais will not take place tomorrow (Thursday 9 December at 8pm UK) after a number of positive COVID-19 cases at the club," read a statement from Spurs.

"Discussions are ongoing with UEFA and we shall provide a further update on this fixture in due course.

"Additionally, following discussions with the Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) and DCMS advisers, the Club has been advised to close the First Team area of its Training Centre at this time, in the interests of the health and safety of players and staff.

Tottenham's subsequent league fixture against Brighton was postponed at Spurs' request, but this is the only league request Spurs made that was granted, one game.

Spurs asked to also postpone their next fixture against Leicester so they could play the Rennes game that they couldn’t play previously on this date, this was refused.

Leicester then got the game postponed after requesting it themselves on the day of the game. Obviously too late for Rennes to travel and Spurs were subsequently thrown out of Europe as Rennes rejected all possible alternative dates.

Tottenham's away game against Burnley in November was postponed an hour before kick off due to snow and Burnley being unable to clear the pitch, Spurs had traveled to the stadium, the team was named.

Arsenal requested last weekend’s game be postponed after having one covid case, players away at African cup of nations and loaning out two players in the days before the game, very different to anything Spurs have done.

The fact Spurs' have so many games in hand is down to other clubs, requesting games be called off, not planning by them, equally I think Tottenham would actually like to appeal being removed from Europe but probably won’t or can’t
now because they have no free dates for the games.

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by Croydon » Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:33 am

What happens if a team still has significant absentees for the rearranged match? Can they keep postponing?

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by EvilC » Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:51 am

Croydon wrote:
Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:33 am
What happens if a team still has significant absentees for the rearranged match? Can they keep postponing?
This has already happened with the Burnley match yesterday, which had already been rescheduled.

I don’t blame the clubs here. The PL has left the door ajar with the rules and certain clubs have predictably gone charging through. The World Cup and ACON have made it worse - whilst I sympathise with Burnley/Leicester in some ways, for the sake of getting games on in a timely fashion clubs should simply be made to go with what they have unless they have a genuine COVID outbreak.

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by Croydon » Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:57 am

EvilC wrote:
Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:51 am
This has already happened with the Burnley match yesterday, which had already been rescheduled.
:thup:

Is there a scenario where the season maybe extended for teams who haven't completed the 38, whilst there are some that have?

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by pbenjy » Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:25 am

Croydon wrote:
Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:57 am

Is there a scenario where the season maybe extended for teams who haven't completed the 38, whilst there are some that have?
If one or more of the affected teams is a Sky Super Six ESL mega club then I am sure that the PL will be bending over backwards to help them by extending the season.

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by SiamHammer » Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:25 am

Croydon wrote:
Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:57 am
:thup:

Is there a scenario where the season maybe extended for teams who haven't completed the 38, whilst there are some that have?
The last day of the season every match has to be played simultaneously so I would imagine outstanding matches would have to be crammed in before this date

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Re: Is now a good time for the season to be suspended?

Post by S-H » Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:26 am

Poor old Spurs..

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