Sporting events around the world are slowly getting back on track as lockdown measures are eased following the reduction in numbers in infection – fans are flocking back to betting sites and casinos not on gamstop as their favourite teams get back to the football pitch across Europe, and other punters prepare for the return of other sporting events in racing, cricket, and motorsport.
Within the UK, fans are still eagerly awaiting the return of football to a regular schedule as guidelines laid out suggest games may start to be played again throughout June as the Premier League warned of big losses if the season couldn’t be played through to completion – similar signs have also been seen across Europe as the Bundesliga in Germany has already got back underway and had a number of games played over the past week, fitting in as many as eighteen games per week to see the season through to the end. The same is expected in the Premier League, Serie A within Italy, and La Liga in Spain as all three prepare to follow in the footsteps of the German league – this means that just within these four regions, up to seventy games could be played per week – that’s a lot of football, which is good news for many, but a lot to keep on top of.
One league which had been brought into question recently, however, was the Scottish Premier League and whether or not the season would be finished in time. It had recently been announced by the Scottish First Minister that June was also the target for sporting events to return within the country, but uncertainty within this announcement led to another being made – that announcement was to crown Celtic as the champions.
This had been an expectation for many – when the season had first been postponed, Celtic were already thirteen points clear at the top with 30 games played – it was looking unlikely that rivals and closest competition in Rangers sitting at second with 67 could catch the leaders, there had been calls to work as hard as possible to get games going once again to keep the integrity of the league but a meeting of the twelve clubs recently decided that completing the campaign was just an unfeasible task.
It is a bitter end to the season for many hoping to see not only more games, but also the chance of their team improving on their current position – unfortunately, lockdown measures were likely to cause further days as leagues one and two of the SPFL have already made it clear they may not even begin again to January. As previously mentioned, luckily football has already begun again elsewhere for fans to have something to watch once more, with even more expected to follow within the next month or so too – it may not be the exact football that is preferred but it is at least a silver lining and good signs that all sporting events around the world can start preparing to find ways to return to a regular schedule.