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Hetherington Suggests CC 6th Round Played Behind Closed Doors

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https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-league/52120910

Is this feasible, realistic, possible? Sounds a little opportunistic and irresponsible to me. We'd all love to see Rugby back on TV but I'm not sure this is a sensible suggestion.

Maybe if cases start to drop and you could test every single player, staff and TV crew to ensure all were negative it isn't going to happen. 

There is also player fitness to consider. How long will it take to get back to fitness and work on team structures etc. Then what happens for subsequent rounds? The same thing?

Lot to consider.

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You need doctors and an ambulance at games, so that rules it out straight away. Wait till we get past the peak then see what happens 

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Just how many people will actually be required at the match even to play it behind closed doors ?  Players, officials, groundsmen, behind the scenes staff, police, etc.

Furthermore would all those be allowed to travel to the ground claiming it is "essential work" ?

However, it might be interesting to see a game played while the players stay 2 metres apart all the time !

Yet another publicity stunt by Hetherington to keep himself in the spotlight ... especially on today's date !

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There's 1000,s dieing, most people being told to stop in, everyone told to keep two metres apart etc and he's more bothered about sport, it is what it is and sport isn't ensential enough to think about yet. 

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Don’t want to seem callous but the peak is due within a fortnight. It’s right to start thinking about how life resumes once the burden on the NHS starts to ease. 

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10 minutes ago, MADREDNIGE said:

There's 1000,s dieing, most people being told to stop in, everyone told to keep two metres apart etc and he's more bothered about sport, it is what it is and sport isn't ensential enough to think about yet. 

 

2 minutes ago, Chronicler of Chiswick said:

The man's an idiot, not what I really wanted to post, but I'd have probably been banned if I'd put what I was thinking.

Will you both stop being so bloody melodramatic 

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Just now, Man of Kent said:

Don’t want to seem callous but the peak is due within a fortnight. It’s right to start thinking about how life resumes once the burden on the NHS starts to ease. 

Exactly

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1 minute ago, Tommygilf said:

 

Will you both stop being so bloody melodramatic 

Imagine if one of the forums chosen few had said what Hetherington has said,it would be a fantastic idea but you get the usual guff because of who said it.

 

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I recognise that there are a lot of bored young men sat on sofas without much to do at the moment, but there is probably a wider public interest. So no, not a good idea.

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I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.

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23 minutes ago, RL does what Sky says said:

Just how many people will actually be required at the match even to play it behind closed doors ?  Players, officials, groundsmen, behind the scenes staff, police, etc.

Furthermore would all those be allowed to travel to the ground claiming it is "essential work" ?

However, it might be interesting to see a game played while the players stay 2 metres apart all the time !

Yet another publicity stunt by Hetherington to keep himself in the spotlight ... especially on today's date !

He's clearly not suggesting for it to happen whilst we're all still in lockdown during at least , but in the gradual opening up of society after that period whilst large gatherings will still be banned then this makes sense as a proposal - particularly with reference to how cup games generally find themselves outside of the usual season tickets and corporate packages, meaning clubs won't have to face people claiming they've "lost out".

In fact, the more I think about this the more sensible it is

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4 minutes ago, terrywebbisgod said:

Imagine if one of the forums chosen few had said what Hetherington has said,it would be a fantastic idea but you get the usual guff because of who said it.

 

The ott reaction is ridiculous you'd think he'd just said that the poor should be forced to work and the elderly turned away from hospitals the way some have reacted.

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1 minute ago, Tommygilf said:

The ott reaction is ridiculous you'd think he'd just said that the poor should be forced to work and the elderly turned away from hospitals the way some have reacted.

Typical responses to whatever Hetherington says,unfortunately. 

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17 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

He's clearly not suggesting for it to happen whilst we're all still in lockdown during at least , but in the gradual opening up of society after that period whilst large gatherings will still be banned then this makes sense as a proposal - particularly with reference to how cup games generally find themselves outside of the usual season tickets and corporate packages, meaning clubs won't have to face people claiming they've "lost out".

In fact, the more I think about this the more sensible it is

The report says ....

" ....even when the current lockdown is lifted, social distancing may stop sports grounds opening their gates. .... In a climate of such uncertainty, Hetherington believes fan-free Challenge Cup ties could be an option.

Therefore even if the lockdown is lifted, Hetherington is suggesting games could then be played behind closed doors while social distancing laws are still in placeJust how can that happen when people are still supposed to stay 2 metres apart ?

 

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3 minutes ago, RL does what Sky says said:

The report says ....

" ....even when the current lockdown is lifted, social distancing may stop sports grounds opening their gates. .... In a climate of such uncertainty, Hetherington believes fan-free Challenge Cup ties could be an option.

Therefore even if the lockdown is lifted, Hetherington is suggesting games could then be played behind closed doors while social distancing laws are still in placeJust how can that happen when people are still supposed to stay 2 metres apart ?

 

So the stadiums won't be open to fans but sport in a controlled environment may be an option -just as the premier league has investigated doing? That suggestion is what you're getting uppity about?

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2 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

So the stadiums won't be open to fans but sport in a controlled environment may be an option -just as the premier league has investigated doing? That suggestion is what you're getting uppity about?

Because as soon as you say yes to one sport every sport will want to do it, and before long you're having to isolate several thousand from the wider world and their families and tie up precious resources. Never mind the message you send to the population at large that social distancing isn't really that necessary nor the fact that there's likely a significant number of those actually infected who are asymptomatic. Sports leaders really need to start keeping their gobs shut about starting to play again until we're well on our way to being out of the woods and things are beginning to return to normal, and even then, they should tread carefully.

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1 hour ago, terrywebbisgod said:

Typical responses to whatever Hetherington says,unfortunately. 

Nothing to do with Gary H saying it, I'd have said same who ever it was. This is a Pandemic not a common cold! 

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I really do think that people seen as spokespersons for our game - and Gary Hetherington fits into the category, regardless of whether we like him or not - really need to keep these opinions to themselves.

Now is not a helpful time to be talking about squeezing in games for commercial gain - and there is definitely that element to his comments. The Government has made it VERY clear that when things start to return to normal it will happen gradually over a period of months, and I wouldn't have thought that competitive sports will be at the very top of the list of things that should happen first.

FWIW its worth, I'm not really expecting things to significantly return to normal until September, so this season pretty much looks like a bust in any event.

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54 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

So the stadiums won't be open to fans but sport in a controlled environment may be an option -just as the premier league has investigated doing? That suggestion is what you're getting uppity about?

How on earth are you going to justify asking the general public (including kids etc) to keep away from others and avoid contact when they are watching their heroes and role models doing the exact opposite, live, on the telly?

And who is picking up the insurance bill for those players taking the risk of contracting a potential deadly disease, through actions that the Government has just proscribed in law?

I don't give a whether it is Gary Hetherington, Robert Elstone or Blake Austin - it's bonkers.

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I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.

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2 hours ago, MADREDNIGE said:

There's 1000,s dieing, most people being told to stop in, everyone told to keep two metres apart etc and he's more bothered about sport, it is what it is and sport isn't ensential enough to think about yet. 

It's literally his job........what's wrong with looking at how best to get things back going again?

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Would Widnes get a bye? Maybe Catalans will throw the tie?

Fine by me.

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1 hour ago, Tommygilf said:

The ott reaction is ridiculous you'd think he'd just said that the poor should be forced to work and the elderly turned away from hospitals the way some have reacted.

That's less controversial than some of things i've seen on this forum! 😂

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11 minutes ago, Just Browny said:

How on earth are you going to justify asking the general public (including kids etc) to keep away from others and avoid contact when they are watching their heroes and role models doing the exact opposite, live, on the telly?

And who is picking up the insurance bill for those players taking the risk of contracting a potential deadly disease, through actions that the Government has just proscribed in law?

I don't give a whether it is Gary Hetherington, Robert Elstone or Blake Austin - it's bonkers.

Wont the empty stands act as a pretty big message that social distancing is still important?

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