By Andrew Warshaw
December 31-Four hours before the scheduled kick-off with Fulham on Wednesday night, Tottenham Hotspur’s manager Jose Mourinho visited social media and pointed out: The best league in the world. “
Two hours later, Mourinho’s frustration must have reached its boiling point. It was the third match on Britain’s top flight, which was the victim of a coronavirus pandemic in December, after Fulham demanded a postponement due to the outbreak of positive results at the camp.
The incident meant that the fixtures of both clubs would be even more crowded with an already squeezed calendar, with a similar postponement of Everton-Manchester City two days ago and back to the beginning of the month to Aston Villa in Newcastle. Followed the trip.
Even more surprising, they helped explain what the earthquake year was for the football industry at the international, club, or non-league level due to the influence of Covid-19.
The competition was canceled or postponed, the game was played in a closed room in the surreal sound of artificial support, financial plans were wasted, and the small club was on the verge of bankruptcy.
Perhaps the only plus point that football-hungry fans can’t take part in directly is the rare opportunity to watch far more games live on TV, at least at top flight level.
But it masks an unprecedented financial crisis that can take years to recover for both clubs and broadcasters. When a club like Barcelona has to delay paying wages, you know you have a serious problem in your hands.
At least Barca will survive. This may not be the case for many small teams that rely heavily on match-day income, showing how the pandemic widened the gap between what it has and what it doesn’t. I will.
“If you can’t go back to football in front of the spectators … it’s hard to understand how clubs survive financially, so the risk of a significant number of clubs going into operation, or worse, very high. You have to. Probability. ” Keeran Magwire, one of the country’s leading football financial experts, told the BBC.
The influence of Covid-19 was nowhere on the international stage. What was so painful was the decision to postpone Euro 2020, an unthinkable scenario in the last few years.
UEFA President Alexander Cheferin said Covid-19 had a worse impact on football than during World War II, hoping that in Europe, fans could join, perhaps even if the stadium’s capacity was reduced. I made a brave face. The showpiece tournament will finally be held in June and July next year.
It’s no secret that Ceferin never felt comfortable with continent-wide tournaments in the first place, and that all logistics complexity was involved. In reality, the virus could never have been the worst time for UEFA in terms of all the plans needed to host an event in 13 cities from Scotland to Azerbaijan.
I’m still not sure if that will be the case next summer. Ceferin has repeatedly hinted that the number of venues could be reduced, depending on the circumstances near the time and whether the supporters were allowed to travel.
In contrast, he hasn’t ruled out the Champions League potential at some point (probably not this season), last summer when the final stage was pushed into a week-long “Final Eight” event in Lisbon. Adopts the same format as Covid once in response to the significant disruption of competition.
“Last year’s system was an interesting system and the feedback from the clubs we participated in was that they were very happy,” said Ceferin in the aftermath of a unique climax to both the Champions League and the Europa League. Told. “The last eight are probably very difficult to do from a calendar perspective, but for me … the last four, a week of football, could be a great event.”
Another great event, according to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, is the first ever 24-team Club World Cup, which is also a victim of Covid and has no initial date in 2021 in China. It was postponed to the deadline.
But FIFA and UEFA are earning enough money to recover, unlike the fat sponsors to support them and the thousands of part-time clubs around the world who don’t have the ability to generate income from new markets. .. They rely solely on gate income and secondary income, primarily bar and merchandising sales.
For them, the future is particularly dark towards despair, with uncertainty about when, or perhaps they will be able to fulfill their equipment.
In the UK, for example, non-league clubs below the top two levels (National League and North and South of the National League) were hit by the indefinite suspension of the season again. This was after the 2019-20 campaign was declared invalid.
Looking ahead, there seems to be little optimism on the surface until a large number of fans can come back, and otherwise. Sure, we hope that high doses will ease the blow, thanks to the various vaccines on the market, but the chances of a return to normal appear to be well beyond the horizon.
The only obvious of all the uncertainties is that 2021 promises to be the decisive year of football.
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