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Byline: I couldn't attend funeral of a friend - these are the things that matter most not blame games GaryHolt HE'S THE BOSS

Who did what, why and when? When it comes to all of the political fighting in Scottish football at the moment, who cares? I'm fed up with it.

I know how passionate we all are about football but there are more important issues than clubs protecting what they have and what they want if we were to call a halt to the Premiership.

If ever there was a time to put all of these issues to one side then it's now, surely? A member of a friend's family passed away last week and lockdown rules prevented me from being at the funeral.

I couldn't put an arm around my mate's shoulder and offer any physical comfort or help him grieve. I couldn't tell him things will be okay.

The experience also provided a bit of perspective about this rush to get back playing football. Every decision that needs taken must be about the long-term, not about the short-term or who benefits.

It's about protecting each another as best we can.

The ordinary and everyday-life things we took for granted appear so far away.

Ajax chief Edwin van der Sar insisted that there was more to life than football after being questioned why the leagues in Holland have called time on their football, with no champions being declared in the top two divisions.

He spoke about the health crisis across the globe being more important.

We are talking here about people's lives in the most simple form. I'm struggling to get my head around this desperation from some people to get out of lockdown at a time when there's no decrease in the numbers of people who are dying.

Why is everyone so keen to start easing safety regulations and get things moving again when, to my mind, nothing has really changed? Every night I listen to the government briefings - people are still getting ill and dying.

There's still no cure for Covid-19, no anti-viral therapies. We are still in the same predicament we were in on day one of lockdown.

The key to getting back to normality will be the creation of a vaccine - and that won't be a development we should expect in the short-term.

It seems like a lifetime ago that we were all going has only been a matter of weeks but it feels so long ago that I sat in Paisley watching St Mirren beat Hearts in the last domestic game before our game was padlocked.

I understand the cabin fever - people are straining at the leash to get out and about.

The recent warm weather has only made greater our desire to be out, find freedom to roam and catch up with family and friends.

But this is the time to be strong.

We all have to do our bit and make sure we follow the guidelines to the letter.

We must all resolve to stay at home to protect our loved ones stake to play hard and fast.

I've no doubt there's a sense of 'it won't happen to me' in some people's logic but they are wrong.

The coronavirus does not differentiate between rich or poor, old or young.

We see coronavirus striking at families who believed it would never come to their door.

It has already taken from us legendary figures such as Leeds great Norman Hunter, whom many thought indestructible.

The likes of Kenny Dalglish and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta have also tested positive.

Nobody wants to get back to want to get football back into our lives but at this time sport is irrelevant.

The English Premier League are in talks with the government and could be back in a matter of weeks.

I find that concerning.

They say it will boost the country's morale and all that sort of stuff.

It would be closer to the truth if they just admitted that it was more about putting the rails back on what is big business.

I truly believe we are doing things right in Scotland by following the guidelines and protocols.

The scientists should be the ones who decide when football should start again - not the league bosses.

That scenario would be deeply worrying.

We need to be realistic.

There won't be a button pressed and a day set when we all go back to what we were doing before Covid-19.

When the time comes the lockdown will be slowly and gradually dismantled.

Hopefully so many things will be for the better when we all get through this.

I understand cabin fever - but this is time to be strong, do our bit and make sure we follow guidelines to the letter

A member of a friend's family passed away and lockdown rules prevented me

from being at the funeral. I couldn't put an arm around his shoulder or help him grieve. It provided perspective about the rush to get back playing


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Author:I couldn't attend funeral of a friend - these are the things that matter most not blame games GaryHo
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 26, 2020
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