talkSPORT pundit Darren Gough has described the recent FA statement from chairman Greg Clarke as “hard-hitting” and “bang-on”.
However, the statement from Clarke on Tuesday wasn’t what Leeds United fans wanted to hear as he said the 19/20 season campaign might not get finished.
In an official statement from the FA, Clarke said, “We are committed to finishing the professional football season as this resolves the issues of promotion and relegation together with title winners on merit.
“However, we may not be able to finish the season as football is not our priority, human life is, and we will do as the government directs as the pandemic unfolds.”
Clarke also said that “Football faces economic challenges beyond the wildest imagination of those who run it” and that clubs, including Premier League sides, could face ruin after the Coronavirus outbreak.
He added, “All the stakeholders within the game from players, fans, clubs, owners and administrators need to step up and share the pain to keep the game alive.
“We must have a plan to ensure that English football is not decimated should this season be lost and next season blighted.”
Talking on Drive on talkSPORT (Tuesday, 4pm), both Gough and host Adrian Durham said that statement from Clarke was spot-on and exactly what people in the game needed to hear.
Gough said, “It’s bang on. I can’t imagine a better statement than the one he’s put out. It’s hard-hitting, it’s what we need to hear.”
There were some parts of the statement that we totally agree with.
What’s important is the game of football and that all clubs survive.
To ensure that, all stakeholders need to step up and look at the bigger picture and not just their own situation.
However, we’re not completely with Gough and Durham. The FA caused controversy when it cancelled all non-league divisions below the National League and National League North and South.
Following this decision in March, over 100 teams signed a petition asking for the FA to reconsider.
That seemed like a rushed decision and the FA certainly didn’t agree things with all stakeholders.
Every other governing body has committed to finishing the 19/20 season and that’s paramount for us for the integrity of the game.
That’s what all stakeholders should be moving towards.
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