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Coronavirus: All Games Off

13 March 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?

All Premier League and English Football League matches have been postponed until at least 3 April due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The announcement means that the following three Reading FC fixtures are immediately postponed:

  • 14 March: Stoke City (Home) - Postponed
  • 17 March: Derby County (Away) - Postponed
  • 21 March: Brentford (Home) - Postponed


Discussion On This Story:


» 06 Mar 2020 19:04

With the DCMS department due to meet on Monday to discuss banning of mass public events. Does anyone else think they won’t see anymore football at the Mad Stad this season and the rest of the season played behind closed doors. It’s happening in Italy and they only had 11 cases 2 weeks ago.
Alternatively the matches continue without restrictions but with considerably reduced attendances.


» 06 Mar 2020 19:43

Italy is till the first week in April at the moment, I would guess there will be restrictions here, but maybe only top flight games to start with.


» 06 Mar 2020 19:49

Can see anomaly’s here by restricting games at say Bournemouth but not at Leeds or West Brom.


» 06 Mar 2020 22:07

The impression I get is that there will be no restrictions. Not only is Johnson fundamentally terrified of doing anything that might make him unpopular, but several people with his ear have said that playing matches behind closed doors is probably counter-productive as germs don't spread very well at stadiums but do spread very well in pubs.

 Lower West

» 06 Mar 2020 23:19

Outdoor events must be considerably safer than say travelling on the tube. Those most likely to be affected should self isolate as much as possible as well. Spring is nearly here. Hopefully a spell of good weather will stop it spreading too widely across the UK.


» 07 Mar 2020 06:02

Plenty of jokes I can’t be arsed to make about our home attendances and mass gatherings

Not sure tbh - can see them closing the doors for a few games. It could spell trouble for a few clubs financially if they do I reckon


» 07 Mar 2020 06:41

No actual info on this but just to say I travelled to Sicily via Milan on Monday

There were just TEN passengers on our plane counting seats I think the capacity was 120-150. 2+2 seats wide.

From Milan to Catania we were on a much bigger plane (3+3 wide) and there were just 12 passengers.

Then we were told our flight back was cancelled and we would need to return much earlier (effectively losing us a day) but we managed to switch to a later flight back via Rome.

At Catania (returning) they were cancelling the vast majority of planes then packing “1 in 10” (like the Rome flight). Our flight had about 8 different airlines switched to it and must have had about 50 nationalities on it.

Going out Milan was DEAD. A guy serving in a cafe told me the airport normally HEAVES (7PM) but I doubt we’d saw 100 people in 2.5 hours. It was eerie, like a scene from a plague movie.

Temperature checks done twice!


» 07 Mar 2020 06:44

In Sicily everyone playing things down as much as they could but again very quiet and tourism badly hit.

Travel prices dropping through the floor. Great time to book!


» 07 Mar 2020 07:19

Tend to agree but issue not the stands but additional public travel to and from. Concourses etc. Still don't think they will look to ban yet though.


» 08 Mar 2020 22:01

Monday I went London City > Milan > Catania (Sicily)

Thursday my Milan flight cancelled, came back

Catania > Rome > London Heathrow.

I've had sore throat and a headache since mid-afternoon Thursday,
now, very "chesty" - and get tested11 AM tomorrow in Thatcham!


I look after two teenage asylum-seekers and, although technically
they COULD go to school, as I haven't yet be diagnosed with novel
Coronavirus, Social Services have asked them to stay home until I
get a diagnosis either way.



» 08 Mar 2020 22:08

Bloody hell Snowers. Hope you get the all clear. We have held back from booking our holiday to Lucca and Bologna. Will see how things pan out but this virus isn’t going away any time soon.


» 08 Mar 2020 22:09

My understanding is that it is more of a dry rather than a chesty cough - hope it's ok (and that you have someone looking after the kids while you jetset to Italy!)

I think most teams are expecting some matches behind closed doors towards the end of the season, but not yet. Any restrictions on matches would have to be introduced as part of a wider package which restricts travel generally and bar/resturaunt opening hours else it would be pointless. So I think it will happen at some point but not for a few weeks...

But who knows..especially with Johnson and Cummings who tend to do their own thing anyway..

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