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Doesn’t start until Monday here according to Sturgeon. Nothing at all to do with Sunday’s Old Firm game of course. All feels very arbitrary 
In fairness if there was one population centre needing thinned out...

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Bet Celtic fans are glad now their ticket allocation is reduced when all the Gers fans get the virus on Sunday😂

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Doesn’t start until Monday here according to Sturgeon. Nothing at all to do with Sunday’s Old Firm game of course. All feels very arbitrary 


It’s strange, especially when 50,000 is deemed ‘safe’ in Newcastle, with the associated pressures on policing and emergency services, but 1400 at Stark’s Park is an issue.

It’s probably selfish and perhaps idiotic given how out of line the UK is with the rest of Europe but I’d have thought Scottish football could’ve tried ‘business as usual’ for now, maybe even with an accelerated schedule of Sat-Tue-Sat to try and get finished before major shutdowns arrive - it probably wouldn’t work but at least we’d only have two or three games to come back, and it’d open the possibility of promotions/relegations being decided so the season could be scrapped if necessary.

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26 minutes ago, spot on said:

Bet Celtic fans are glad now their ticket allocation is reduced when all the Gers fans get the virus on Sunday😂

The bigot brothers are a virus

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If there is a prolonged break a cashflow crisis appears inevitable.  

In that scenario I wonder if it might be an idea to put season tickets for next season on sale in order to generate income. 

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The spfl/sfa have never planned for something like this and even at the best of times neither is fit for purpose. If this all goes tits up I think there will be massive change in the game and a few clubs will go to the wall as a result.

For my money (which will favour the rovers as it happens). End the season now there is a full round of games to go so everyone has played equal games and promote the top team from every division, we're currently top and have been most of the season. Scrap or delay until the summer any playoffs and regroup in august. 

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As much as I suspect that if Sunday’s game had been St Johnstone v Celtic, we may have already have called a halt to proceedings, the suggestion is that next week will see a huge increase in positive cases from Monday onwards, and that emergency services will be stretched.

As much as I enjoy a good conspiracy theory, I’m not 100% sure this is one.

As far as keeping games on with folk in attendance, let’s not be daft.

This disease is killing people, and running the risk of catching it due to attending a League One game versus Montrose is wild, no matter how exciting the end of season might be.

The games can’t be played behind closed doors either, as players and managers are now testing positive.

As for criticising the authorities, as much as they make curious decisions at times, I’m not sure being underprepared for a pandemic super-killer is something we can easily pin on them.

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For my money (which will favour the rovers as it happens). End the season now there is a full round of games to go so everyone has played equal games and promote the top team


It would be peak rovers for us to lose to montrose on Saturday, falkirk to go top and then spfl to decide to end the season on monday with the league positions are they are because of how far ahead celtic, dundee united and cove are in their respective leagues.

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It would be peak rovers for us to lose to montrose on Saturday, falkirk to go top and then spfl to decide to end the season on monday with the league positions are they are because of how far ahead celtic, dundee united and cove are in their respective leagues.
It would be peak rovers to see that happen. Mainly because we're away to Peterhead though...

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I cant see an easy way out of this , suspend the season or even finish the season now or void the season , even playing behind closed doors, players and staff still have to be paid with no income coming in , the financial implications will bankrupt most clubs never mind ours 

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8 hours ago, McGuigan1978 said:

As much as I suspect that if Sunday’s game had been St Johnstone v Celtic, we may have already have called a halt to proceedings, the suggestion is that next week will see a huge increase in positive cases from Monday onwards, and that emergency services will be stretched.

This is all a judgement call based on whatever scientific evidence is out there at the moment, so it’s effectively informed guesswork. We’ll obviously never know, but I’m pretty sure the fact there’s an Old Firm game on Sunday was a factor in the decision to wait 4 days until implementing this new protocol. 

If banning large public gatherings is  helpful on a Monday morning, then it will surely also have been helpful 24 or 48 hours earlier. As someone tweeted, it’s not a diet where you think ‘I’ll wait and just start on Monday’ 

Edited by roverthemoon

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It's a weird and tricky situation. Obviously the virus is reaching a stage where actions need to be taken. 

I do think it's tempting to look at football and consider it merely as a sport, which to a degree is true, but it's also a source of employment and income. At our level, without being massively informed, we will have a decent amount of players as well as football and operational staff whose livelihoods will be in real doubt. I'd guess that most Premiership, Championship clubs as well as ourselves and Falkirk will have full time or close to full time clerical and non footballing staff, who won't be on huge wages. 

Unless someone comes in to heavily plug the gap, our club and many others could well fold which other than our own emotional aspect, is going to lead to people losing jobs. 

I'm certainly not saying this means it should be business as usual or anything like that, this is a unique and a bit scary situation, but there a lot of jobs at risk here. I certainly think it's more complex than "it's just men kicking a ball of air FFS". 

Not saying for one second that safety and health advice should be ignored, but I really hope it isn't a case of suck it and see. 

Edited by CALDERON

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Also had the thought about Rovers losing first place on Saturday then the season being suspended. Absolute peak Rovers that. 

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Makes things like the Supporters Fund all the more important. Difficult for the club to really promote but I’d hope if the season is stopped that everyone who is in a position to be able to, can sign up and make a contribution to help out.

I appreciate not everyone is able to and not trying to come across as a super fan (I have a season ticket don’t you know!) but I will up my monthly contribution to the fund. Would easily spend another £5-10 a month at the games on food and drinks or travelling to games so makes no difference to me. Sure every penny the club receive over the next few months will be huge.

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If the games are to be behind closed doors, what kind of appetite do you think there would be from fans to contribute to the costs of the game. I think I'd be happy to pitch in a tenner for each home game for access to either the live match stream or commentary that Raith TV do.... 

Maybe even get a few donations from folk who would'nt have even been at the game anyway.

As said above, every little will help. I think its beyond doubt now that these games will either not go ahead or will be behind closed doors.

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Players will have the virus. Cannae be expected to play a contact sport imo.

Postpone the games, take the time to work up an extraordinary schedule for May or June, whatever, and advance some prize money and season tickets  as best possible.

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If closed doors an appeal directly from players etc on social media to donate your match ticket price into the fund might cover some is the losses. No match day costs if the games are behind closed doors.

Or we could offer to open all the stands and spread the support among them for the Stranraer and Dumbarton matches. Self policing. Leave a seat between each other.

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The latest advice is that the virus is more likely to spread in small gatherings. Players safety is at risk, and close doors doesn't help that. 

Hopefully things can be postponed rather than cancelled. 

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