Help Fight the Corona Virus, Manchester City Offers the Etihad Stadium for Medical Purposes

  • April 2, 2020

The world is currently busy with the Coronavirus outbreak. Increasingly, the number of victims of this epidemic continues to grow. Unfortunately, the number of victims of this outbreak cannot be matched by the various facilities that are currently owned by the medical authorities. As a result, various medical personnel now feel overwhelmed to accept the growing number of Coronavirus patients. One of them is a place to accommodate and isolate victims.

Seeing this precarious situation, one of the top clubs in English Premier League football, Manchester City, offers the Etihad Stadium as a place to help the medical staff in England. They also did this as an effort to combat the Coronavirus outbreak, which has now become a global pandemic. Previously it was known that Manchester City and Manchester United had also donated and to help overcome the Coronavirus outbreak in England worth 100,000 pounds.

This step has been done by many top clubs in Europe, such as Real Madrid for example. It has offered the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to medical workers as a place to store various medical equipment and supplies as well as organizations and businesses to make financial donations against the Coronavirus outbreak.

The City policy of deciding to use their Etihad Stadium to help deal with the Coronavirus outbreak is linked because right now the English League match is being suspended for an indefinite time. Therefore, he also allowed using the stadium executive room and conference room to be used as a training room for doctors and nurses during the Corona outbreak.

Not only the English League, but most of the soccer leagues on the European Continent have also experienced similar things, such as the Spanish League, the Italian League, even the Champions League, and the European League. UEFA itself has made a policy to temporarily eliminate matches that have been previously scheduled. Even if forced to implement, the best option chosen by UEFA is to hold matches without spectators, to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak. But, it seems difficult to be realized because most football associations also rejected the plan.

Until Saturday morning yesterday, victims of the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK alone reached 260 people for the category of death, bringing the total to 1,019 people. 17,089 cases were found alone. This also made Britain one of the seven countries with the highest death toll in the world after Italy, Spain, China, Iran, France, and the United States.

Other news also mentioned that currently the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was positively affected by the Coronavirus. He also became the leader of the first country in the world to declare himself infected with the Coronavirus on Friday, according to the results of an examination that had been done previously. He also experienced the process of isolation in his own office at this time.

At the same time, the British government is preparing to face the peak of this global pandemic next week. They have also targeted victims of the Coronavirus outbreak as many as 20,000 people.

All Football in England Will End Immediately

  • April 2, 2020

Football in England is ended for uncertain time. As we know Corona becomes the main issue for all people in the world today. It gives impact not only for people’s health but it influences so many aspects in our life. There are some important events in the world that should be cancelled or suspended because of this virus. This virus also influences football’s life in England. All football clubs in England under the National League will end as soon as possible because the condition is worst time to time. There will be no promotion and also relegation in all leagues. This virus also influences men’s FA Cup schedule and some other cup competitions. It is really hard decision especially for Football in England because there are so many people waiting for the result of this league.

Now all people try to think and focus on the safety and also welfare for all clubs, players, officials, staffs, supporters and also volunteers during this pandemic. There is urgent meeting that will be done soon too to discuss about the continuity of Premier League and EFL. In this meeting, it will be decided about when we can start again and some other things. There are some financial impacts because this virus too and it really influences the overall football clubs. Women’s football is also ended for unpredictable time because we need to think for the global health condition and really support our world to be free from this virus and then have better condition soon. How about Football Association sees this condition? Football association still consider to review all options to complete the men’s FA club too.

According to some sources, the Premier League will be started again in July this year but it depends on the situation that we face next several months. It is related with government’s decision to allow competition or not. Corona is not as simple disease today. It attacks more than 199 countries in the world and really give impact for the football competition not only in England but in all countries in the world. It is dangerous to let players to play the competition because today there are same football players that suspected to get Covid-19 infection. It is terrible too play the competition without supporter too. People will really miss football competition and all players need to stay at home first to make themselves free too from this virus so they can play football again when condition is going better in the future time.

As it is said above, corona is not only giving impact to Premier League and other Football events in England but according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, major public events will be cancelled to reduce the spread of corona in England. It is also to protect public services. This decision is not taken in easy way, EFL must prioritize health and also condition of all places and considered this time as outbreak for the football events in England. Football is also suspended in some other countries such as in Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, France, USA and also Spain.  Some analysist predicts April or July as the impossible return for Football in England.