Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Bruno Lage has weighed in with his opinion on the potential of football being halted again or fans being stopped from attending games due to the rising cases of Covid-19, saying that it simply cannot happen a second time.
It was March 2020 when the unthinkable happened. All elite level football was postponed due to the rapid rise in coronavirus cases with the growing concerns for the safety of everyone down from staff and players to the fans in attendance the reason behind the stoppage.
And after a full season of behind closed doors sport since, normality seemed to be restored this year as we were all allowed back in our numbers inside grounds.
But just as you think you’re in the clear, a new variant crops up, cases start rising and matches start being postponed - again.
You’d like to think we’re a million miles away from ever being in the situation we were in in March 2020 but the recent postponements have brought with them fear among some fans that football could once again be torn away from them.
The question has started to be posed to managers again. ‘What if’ this happens, ‘what if’ that occurs.
And today was no different as Lage was asked if he’s worried about the potential of it happening for a second time and though he says he hasn’t give it any thought, he was adamant in stating that it cannot be allowed to happen again.
“No we cannot think too much about that, if that happens,” he said.
“We need to move on.
“I think we are in a period that I don’t believe we’ll go back to the times where we had no fans in the stadium or a long period without play.
“If there’s any problem, we stop and continue with the other games.
“We cannot stop like we stopped last season. It’s a concern but we don’t have time to think about it.
“What I want and I think what everyone wants is the right and fair decisions, every time. The right and fair decisions.”
Lage went on to reinforce that Wolves are one of the few Premier League clubs to boast 100% vaccination record and at the time of the press conference, had no players or staff members that had tested positive.
Wednesday’s opponents Brighton on the other hand have “at least three or four” according to Graham Potter and if any more crop up over the next 24 hours, the fixture will end up very much in doubt.
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