What makes football different from other sports which are shutting down?
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What makes football different from other sports which are shutting down?

As Scottish Rugby declares it’s season null and void, it might’ve had some Rangers fans eager to see the same precedent set in football.

The debate over what happens to the league title has been raging in Scotland with many Celtic voices eager to see it go to Parkhead and their Rangers equivalents defiantly arguing against it.

But it’s not just in Scotland where there remains an immense amount of uncertainty over what happens next in football – it’s in just about every league in Europe.

UEFA have been clear that is members must try to finish league campaigns in line with their deadlines. (Photo Illustration by Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Yet, sports across the continent are shutting down amid fears the global pandemic could carry on well into the summer.

Wimbledon has been cancelled, the Olympics rescheduled and even the UK hockey league has decided to annul this season’s results.

In fact, there is a world of sporting events which have been shut down, cancelled or annulled in the last few weeks. See a comprehensive list HERE.

So what makes football any different?

Ignoring the squabbles and bickering amongst rival fans, it may well stem from the powers that be and the amount of money involved.

There is a fear that broadcasters could recoup money from authorities if the league season is cancelled before it is completed.

European governing body UEFA is also reportedly unhappy with Belgian footballing authorities for cancelling their league season early [Johnson] and awarding the title to Club Brugge.

It is said to have led UEFA to send a strongly worded letter suggesting any cancellations before the August 3rd deadline could result in nations being banned from European competition.

This has footballing authorities across the continent hanging on to the idea that the football season will be completed this year whilst other sports appear to have accepted their fate.

Hampden chiefs could be having conversations around this league season until August 3rd at the very least. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

With television money at risk and the financial security of footballing institutions under threat, it appears football is waiting until the very last moment to pull the plug.

Let’s just hope that for many clubs it won’t be forever.

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