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Demonising football during the crisis is so predictable and shortsighted – The Athletic

How dare they? How dare they think about that at a time like this? How dare they even begin this conversation?

Over recent weeks, you will have heard plenty of this train of thought. It goes a little like this. The world is in the midst of a pandemic and here come the Premier League boogie men, plotting their next trivial kick-around, even as the emergency services work overtime to spare lives. Football is just a game; it is frivolous, irrelevant, no longer even the most important of the least important things.

And, I must admit, there have been moments similar thoughts crossed my own mind. There have, after all, been some wretched errors of judgement. Images emerged of police pulling up Everton’s Oumar Niasse for his failure to respect social distancing. The initial reports around Jack Grealish’s weekend do not appear overly clever, to put it mildly. It emerged that one Premier League club executive had wondered whether the government would charter…

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