Portsmouth star Christian Burgess has stated that talks of starting the season again are ‘farcical’ when compared to the suffering happening around the country.
Talking to the Portsmouth News, the 28-year-old believes that talk of resuming the season pales into insignificance when witnessing the effect of the current pandemic, something he’s seen first hand as he volunteers within his local community.
“You’re meeting people who, if we’re honest, are scared and anxious to leave their house because at the end of the day lives are on the line here,” said Burgess.
“It’s terrible, having a devastating impact. You go from that to talking about the season not being finished or contract situations being uncertain. It’s just farcical, you know?
“It’s just complete opposite ends of the spectrum. It brings it home how lucky we are as footballers, but also how serious it is in the real world at the moment.”
Portsmouth are one of the few League One clubs better equipped to deal with the current pressures, although they’ll be by no means 100% safe if the situation continues. They were challenging for a place in the Championship before football ceased and will likely be hoping for some form of resumption, even if it is behind closed doors.
There is a possibility that much of next season may have to be held without supporters in attendance as well. A well-placed source at an EFL club has told us that they believe we might not be allowed back into grounds much before January.
Burgess is out there, doing good in his community and putting football on the back burner. Sadly, we all have to do the same, but this isn’t a case of simply not prioritising sport.
Football clubs employ hundreds of people from their local communities and the resumption of proper action means they’ll be once again getting wages. Big crowds bring revenue to local businesses too, so the sooner football is back, properly, the sooner these communities can get back to something resuming normality.