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5 minutes ago, Rhodes said:

Savagebee - You're right, most Londoners won't take the slightest bit of notice, can you imagine in a Sainsbuy or Tesco in Sarf London if someone is asked to stand behind a line at the checkout, it's just not going to work in a million years is it

Boris Johnson is trusting the people to do the right thing but I'm afraid some people just cant be trusted to do the right thing in this world and they will wreak it for the rest of the people especially the NHS front line staff who are putting there own health at risk to help people.

A friend of mine was in Chiswick's Sainsbury's today and people were doing the right thing there.

Airports should be closed full stop and so should all Parks if they can be oh and Greggs should be closed :icon_lol:

PS- Mike Ashley doesn't help himself does he :icon_lol:

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As an 'At Risk' person of 72, I am doing everything advised.

I get my daily excercise by walking the 400 mts to the corner shop on our estate.  The owners ensure there is no crowding and people keep there distance which customers respect.

I'm pretty sure that if this goes on for weeks I'll become stir-crazy.

People who openly and deliberately flout the advice about congregating are nothing short of selfish unthinking criminals and should be treated as such.  Maybe under rapidly produced legislation, they will be !!

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On ‎18‎/‎03‎/‎2020 at 21:45, Rhodes said:

Not directly SSML but the Boreham Wood Chairman , Danny Hunter, has issued a lengthy and dramatic Club statement where I feel that he has gone slightly overboard, despite these unprecedented times. He says, amongst other things, that "none of you need me to tell you, that there isn’t a cat in hell’s chance of any football starting up again in the National League on April 3rd or anywhere near that date" and "the reality is football must, I repeat must, become a total irrelevance for many of you for you for the foreseeable future", see what you make of it anyway:

https://www.borehamwoodfootballclub.co.uk/uncategorized/boreham-wood-fc-update-by-chairman-danny-hunter/

I see that outspoken Boreham Wood Chairman Danny Hunter has been at it again saying that everyone should stay safe and well. It will be interesting to see if Mr Hunter continues to feel the same way over the coming months if football doesn't make a quick return, however he is in a far more enviable position than most Club Chairmen due to the lucrative ten year deal struck with Arsenal in 2017 for their all conquering ladies team and youth teams to use Meadow Park, that must be worth an absolute fortune to the Club and Boreham Wood also received a huge grant from the Premier League:

https://www.thenonleaguefootballpaper.com/features/29789/football-fans-want-to-know-their-clubs-can-survive-coronavirus-crisis/?utm_medium=onesignal&utm_source=push_notifications&utm_campaign=web_push

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/40420825

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A letter from the Hertfordshire FA issued yesterday, following an emergency Board meeting:

Please see the important message from Karl Lingham, Hertfordshire FA CEO

Dear All,

Firstly, I hope you and your families are all safe, well and keeping positive whilst we battle against this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic together.

As you may know all grassroots football including matches, training and friendlies is suspended and this will continue until further notice (in accordance with advice from the FA). Our office and facilities have also been closed with staff working remotely.

Following a Hertfordshire FA Emergency Board meeting held on Monday, 30 March 2020, I can further advise that with effect from 1 April 2020, all Hertfordshire FA staff except for those listed below will be on furlough leave until 31st May 2020:

Karl Lingham, CEO and Senior Safeguarding Lead
karl.lingham@hertfordshirefa.com – 07894 952570

Rob Smith, Head of Commercial and Operations
rob.smith@hertfordshirefa.com – 07496 988727

Lauren Halsey, Head of Football Services
lauren.halsey@hertfordshirefa.com – 07496 988733

Marianna Okoh, Finance Officer
marianna.okoh@hertfordshirefa.com – 07947 884271

Furlough leave is a temporary leave of absence for economic reasons and is designed to save jobs in the long term. Our workforce is supportive of this decision and look forward to returning to work at the earliest possible opportunity.

We would therefore ask that during this time you please direct any enquiries through to one of the four members of staff mentioned above or to contactus@hertfordshirefa.com and we will respond as swiftly as we possibly can.

Please stay safe, keep well and follow government advice during this very challenging time. For further information regarding Coronavirus and how it affects football in Hertfordshire, visit our dedicated updates page.

Kind Regards,
Karl Lingham

http://www.hertfordshirefa.com/news/2020/mar/31/operations-update

 

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10 hours ago, Rhodes said:

Following a Hertfordshire FA Emergency Board meeting held on Monday, 30 March 2020, I can further advise that with effect from 1 April 2020, all Hertfordshire FA staff except for those listed below will be on furlough leave until 31st May 2020:

Furlough leave is a temporary leave of absence for economic reasons and is designed to save jobs in the long term. Our workforce is supportive of this decision and look forward to returning to work at the earliest possible opportunity.

It is lucky the Hertfordshire FA explained in their letter what Furlough leave meant as I wouldn't have had a clue, I assume that the staff who drew the short straw will not be getting paid until returning to their desks at the County Ground in Letchworth Garden City

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I see that dreaded word 'furlough' has been used again, this time in respect of Bournemouth reversing a decision to put some of their non-playing staff on furlough leave. If Premier League Club's, including Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle and Norwich, are being forced down that road what chance has any body else got:

https://www.aol.co.uk/sport/2020/04/14/bournemouth-perform-u-turn-on-decision-to-furlough-staff/

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I see that mindless vandals have broken into former SSML Club Oxford City's Court Place Farm ground and done £1,000 worth of damage to the press box, talk about rubbing salt into Club's gaping wounds at the moment:

https://www.thenonleaguefootballpaper.com/latest-news/30055/coronavirus-battle-attack-by-easter-vandals-adds-to-oxford-citys-woes/?utm_medium=onesignal&utm_source=push_notifications&utm_campaign=web_push

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22 hours ago, Rhodes said:

I see that mindless vandals have broken into former SSML Club Oxford City's Court Place Farm ground and done £1,000 worth of damage to the press box, talk about rubbing salt into Club's gaping wounds at the moment:

https://www.thenonleaguefootballpaper.com/latest-news/30055/coronavirus-battle-attack-by-easter-vandals-adds-to-oxford-citys-woes/?utm_medium=onesignal&utm_source=push_notifications&utm_campaign=web_push

Disgusting.  Probably mindless youths who should be staying at home.

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23 hours ago, Rhodes said:

I see that mindless vandals have broken into former SSML Club Oxford City's Court Place Farm ground and done £1,000 worth of damage to the press box, talk about rubbing salt into Club's gaping wounds at the moment:

https://www.thenonleaguefootballpaper.com/latest-news/30055/coronavirus-battle-attack-by-easter-vandals-adds-to-oxford-citys-woes/?utm_medium=onesignal&utm_source=push_notifications&utm_campaign=web_push

Rubbing salt into the wounds is a understatement.

37 minutes ago, Big J R said:

Disgusting.  Probably mindless youths who should be staying at home.

Ditto.

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The Berks & Bucks FA have also recently placed most of their staff on so called furlough leave:

UPDATE FROM BERKS & BUCKS FA 
Important Message from our CEO 

At this very difficult time, let me start by wishing you, your families and your members well. I would also like to pass on my thanks to the Berks & Bucks FA community for adapting to the changes and continuing to support football at this extremely challenging time.

The Government restrictions in place have had a major impact on all our lives both professionally and personally and while football is taking a “break” serious economic and social challenges are in place across the County. As a not-for-profit organisation we are not immune from these challenges and, at a recent board meeting, a difficult decision was made.

From Friday 10th April all Berks & Bucks FA staff, except for those listed below are to be placed on furlough leave. All other members of staff have agreed to be placed on furlough leave for a short period in order to protect roles within the organisation and will not be financially disadvantaged during this period.

Core Team (Until further notice) 

Liz Verrall - Chief Executive Officer
Jon Wood - Head of Delivery
Richard Brant - Workforce Development Officer
Steph Clark - Communications Officer
Alastair Kay - Football Services Manager 
Chris Penny - Football Investigations Officer

The Core team will continue to provide general support and customer service to the football community across Berks & Bucks whilst we plan for the start of next season. (Please note however, that on occasions, staff may take longer than usual to reply to your request in line with working patterns, personal pressures and volume of work.)

During this period, if you have any queries, please direct them to Info@Berks-BucksFA.com as this email address will be accessible by all members of staff available at this time.

From myself, and all of us at Berks & Bucks FA, we hope that you remain fit and well. Please continue to stay safe while “Football Stays at Home”. 

Liz Verrall – CEO
Berks & Bucks FA

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I see that controversial Boreham Wood Chairman Danny Hunter has voiced his opinion on the ending of the National League campaign and he also spoke on BBC Three Counties Radio yesterday if anybody heard it, he is quoted as saying 'I don't think we will be playing non-league football any time this year':

Billede

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I'm afraid I have to agree Rhodsey !

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Surprise surprise folks, Boreham Wood's controversial Chairman Danny Hunter has been at it again, you have to wonder whether it is all about self publicity which, if so, is appalling in the current climate. It is alright for Mr Hunter as he has the cushion of Arsenal's money to fall back on due to the hugely lucrative ten year deal struck with the Gunners in 2017 for their ladies team and youth teams to use Meadow Park, as stated previously that must be worth an absolute fortune to the Club and, in addition, Boreham Wood also received a huge grant from the Premier League:

https://www.borehamwoodfootballclub.co.uk/uncategorized/boreham-wood-fc-update-by-chairman-danny-hunter-3/

Billede

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Not SSML but an interesting insight to how footy will be played in the near future and maybe longer.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/sport/football/k-league-offers-first-glimpse-of-football-after-coronavirus-shutdown-as-jeonbuk-beat-suwon/ar-BB13MWS1?ocid=AMZN

No fans in the stadium, no spitting allowed on the pitch and substitutes wearing masks.

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Savagebee - Thanks for that, interesting:

THE GOVERNMENT has given the Premier League the green light to resume behind closed doors from June 1.

Cultural and sporting events will be allowed to take place without fans to avoid the risk of large-scale social contact but they will be broadcast.

Premier League chiefs are meeting today to discuss how to proceed.

Although the decision on whether to resume the campaign on June 12 will not be subject to a formal vote today.

Clubs remain split over the details of 'Project Restart' but those in favour of a swift return will have been buoyed by today's Government guidelines.

Despite the increased likelihood of televised football, match-going fans could wait more than a year before being allowed back in to stadiums to watch their team.

PM Boris Johnson and his Government believe it is unlikely to be safe to stage events with crowds until a Covid-19 vaccine is found.

They will not even consider it until September at the earliest — and that could be extended even further if no cure or preventative measure is discovered.

This will be crushing news for football clubs who will have to prepare for at least half of next season behind closed doors.

And it will mean certain closure for some teams who will be unable to continue.

Professor Chris Whitty, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, warned on April 22 that chances of having a vaccine within a calendar year were “incredibly small”.

However, the return of football to our TV screens will provide a huge financial boost to Premier League clubs who were set to lose a significant percentage of the £760million they have already been paid by broadcasters for the final quarter of this season.

But cash-strapped firms including Sky and BT warned the next TV deal will suffer as a result of coronavirus and Prem club chiefs are now facing a crippling loss of up to £1.5BILLION.

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Savagebee - Thanks, I don't know anybody who takes London Mayor Sadiq Khan seriously:

It remains ‘too early’ to contemplate the return of Premier League football in the capital, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said.

Following the Government announcement that sport may be able to return behind closed doors in June, the Premier League are continuing discussions over ‘Project Restart’ with a resumption date no earlier than June 12 being kept in mind.

Finishing the 2019/20 campaign at neutral venues is one key proposal being discussed, but Khan has come out against the idea of playing matches in London at this stage, given the city has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

His spokesperson told the Evening Standard: “Sadiq is extremely keen for the Premier League and professional sport in general to resume. However, with the country still in the grips of this crisis, and hundreds of people dying every day, he believes that it is too early to be discussing the resumption of the Premier League and top-flight sport in the capital.

As a Liverpool fan, Sadiq of course wants the Premier League to return, but it can only happen when it is safe to do so, and it cannot place any extra burden on the NHS and emergency services.”

League chief Masters said the matter was still a live topic among clubs.

“I think everybody would prefer to play home and away if at all possible,” he said on Monday.

“And I think it’s clear to see that some clubs feel more strongly about that than others.

It is an ongoing dialogue and obviously since COVID-19 became an issue we’ve been talking to the authorities about the conditions in which we could get the Premier League back up and running and taking all that advice on board.”

He said a number of clubs had expressed the view that their existing relationship with supporters meant it may be easier to police them locally rather than if the game was played at a neutral site.

“I think some of our clubs would argue that in relation to policing their own fans that they have a good relationship with them, and that they encourage their own fans not to turn up outside their home venues while they’re playing behind closed doors, and they’re in a better position to control that, but it’s not a matter of convincing [the Government and the police], this has to be a decision that’s come to mutually.”

It is understood eight to 10 ‘approved’ venues had been put to the clubs as the only safe way to complete the season.

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts of South Yorkshire Police, the UK’s national football policing lead, had told clubs debating the fairness of neutral venues to ‘get a grip’ in a situation where thousands of people have died.

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1 hour ago, Rhodes said:

Savagebee - Thanks, I don't know anybody who takes London Mayor Sadiq Khan seriously

Yeah I'm not a fan of the guy to be honest.

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Savagebee - Yes, everybody knows that Khan is an absolute joke and not fit for purpose as London Mayor, his biggest mistake was making an enemy of Donald Trump from day one, I'm not Trump's biggest fan either but that's the last thing Khan should have done. Also what has he done about the knife crime epidemic that has been going on for years with so many youngsters dying on our streets, pretty much on a daily basis.

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5 minutes ago, Rhodes said:

Savagebee - Yes, everybody knows that Khan is an absolute joke and not fit for purpose as London Mayor, his biggest mistake was making an enemy of Donald Trump from day one, I'm not Trump's biggest fan either but that's the last thing Khan should have done. Also what has he done about the knife crime epidemic that has been going on for years with so many youngsters dying on our streets, pretty much on a daily basis.

Yeah I won't be sad or miss Mr Khan when he goes that's for sure.

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9 minutes ago, Rhodes said:

Savagebee - Yes, everybody knows that Khan is an absolute joke and not fit for purpose as London Mayor, his biggest mistake was making an enemy of Donald Trump from day one, I'm not Trump's biggest fan either but that's the last thing Khan should have done. Also what has he done about the knife crime epidemic that has been going on for years with so many youngsters dying on our streets, pretty much on a daily basis.

Yeah I won't be sad or miss Mr Khan when he goes that's for sure.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52635005

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Savagebee - It's absolute madness isn't it:

Tackling will be banned, pitches disinfected and players restricted to groups of five when the Premier League starts a first phase of team training.

Official protocols sent to players and managers on Tuesday and obtained by the BBC reveal that social distancing must be "strictly observed".

Corner-flags, balls, cones, goalposts and even playing surfaces will be disinfected after each session.

League bosses hope training can begin on Monday, restricted to 75 minutes.

Ongoing surveillance measures included in further guidance include twice-weekly testing, and a daily pre-training questionnaire and temperature check.

Under a section titled 'health screening', players are also told a central register of Covid-19 test results (subject to their consent and Professional Footballers' Association agreement) will need to be maintained.

Recommended "control measures" include "meticulous personal hygiene and use of PPE [personal protective equipment], no congregation in communal areas, including but not limited to medical rooms and gym areas".

Under further stringent rules, players are told they cannot share transport with anyone to and from the training ground, and vehicle interiors should be cleaned regularly. Team vehicles and public transport should not be used.

Players are being consulted on proposed medical protocols for a return to training by the PFA. They have been given a condensed version of a 40-page document for them to digest.

The BBC understands the PFA has heard from a number of players, especially those who have underlying health conditions like asthma or who are from black and minority ethnic (Bame) backgrounds, that they have real concerns about returning to playing.

Black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus as white people in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The draft protocols refer to "additional risk assessment and precautions required for players at increased risk (co-morbidity)".

On Wednesday, there will be a meeting between players, the Premier League, medical staff and the PFA.

Government approval will need to be granted before teams can continue to the next stage of training, when contact would be permitted.

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22 hours ago, Rhodes said:

Savagebee - It's absolute madness isn't it:

Tackling will be banned, pitches disinfected and players restricted to groups of five when the Premier League starts a first phase of team training.

Official protocols sent to players and managers on Tuesday and obtained by the BBC reveal that social distancing must be "strictly observed".

Corner-flags, balls, cones, goalposts and even playing surfaces will be disinfected after each session.

League bosses hope training can begin on Monday, restricted to 75 minutes.

Ongoing surveillance measures included in further guidance include twice-weekly testing, and a daily pre-training questionnaire and temperature check.

Under a section titled 'health screening', players are also told a central register of Covid-19 test results (subject to their consent and Professional Footballers' Association agreement) will need to be maintained.

Recommended "control measures" include "meticulous personal hygiene and use of PPE [personal protective equipment], no congregation in communal areas, including but not limited to medical rooms and gym areas".

Under further stringent rules, players are told they cannot share transport with anyone to and from the training ground, and vehicle interiors should be cleaned regularly. Team vehicles and public transport should not be used.

Players are being consulted on proposed medical protocols for a return to training by the PFA. They have been given a condensed version of a 40-page document for them to digest.

The BBC understands the PFA has heard from a number of players, especially those who have underlying health conditions like asthma or who are from black and minority ethnic (Bame) backgrounds, that they have real concerns about returning to playing.

Black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus as white people in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The draft protocols refer to "additional risk assessment and precautions required for players at increased risk (co-morbidity)".

On Wednesday, there will be a meeting between players, the Premier League, medical staff and the PFA.

Government approval will need to be granted before teams can continue to the next stage of training, when contact would be permitted.

Yep if footy can't be played like footy should be played then there isn't much point in playing it. 

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It's all becoming a farce.

All school children to be tested for COVID on their return. 

HMG can't even test enough people like myself (approaching 73), now, let alone hordes of kids returning to school.

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