MOT View: Worrying report about German football emerges, could be big Leeds blow
If what is happening in Germany is anything to go by, Leeds United might have to wait until at least September before they are able to continue their bid for promotion.
On April 6, BBC Sport reported that Bundesliga clubs were allowed to return to training, prompting excited about a major European nation resuming their football season in the coming weeks.
Although players for clubs like Bayern Munich only trained in groups of five, it was a big indicator that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic was starting to pass.
However any optimism based on what is happening in Germany has been well and truly dashed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreeing to ban all major public events until after August 31 [NTV].
It means that although clubs are back in training, they will not be able to play any matches until September.
It has been pretty easy to draw comparisons about what is happening in different countries regarding the coronavirus crisis with many people noting how there have been far fewer deaths in Germany than there has been in the United Kingdom.
However this latest news comes after the Daily Mail reported that Germany had it’s deadliest day on Tuesday with 285 fatalities.
While that still is way off the deadliest day in the UK – 980 people died in a 24-hour period between last Thursday and Friday – it still shows that this virus can take countries by surprise if they start letting people go back to normal life too soon.
What does this mean for Leeds?
As the virus is still causing hundreds and hundreds of deaths each day in the UK, there is little hope of football returning in England before it does in Germany.
The most important thing right now is public safety and football is of lesser concern.
We all want to see Leeds continue their bid for promotion but it cannot happen so soon that it causes another wave of deaths from this horrible illness.
In other Leeds United news, fans are not happy with this latest decision by the EFL.