Belgians premature


The Belgian league put the cat amongst the waffles yesterday by declaring the Jupiler League over and Bruges champions.  They sorted out their TV and other commercial arrangements and can start next season as soon as it is safe to do so.

There are very few calls to cut seasons short.  Tight leagues, such as in Italy and Spain, would forever  have questions hanging over them, while those assured of winning the title, as in Scotland and England, want to do so on the field, not at a league meeting.  Still, it was nice to see panic among the Null and Voiders, who would rather everyone lost than anyone (Celtic) won.

The Belgians have been pragmatic but premature, football is finished for the season, their champions are assured without controversy and they will accommodate those threatened with relegation.  The rest of Europe still clings to the hope that competition can start behind closed doors in the summer.  It will next month before we know if this is possible, there is no reason to make decisions before then.

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  1. Parkheadcumsalford



    Sad news. I’ll add your Dad and your family to my prayers. May Felix RIP.




  2. The Battered Bunnet on

    During our self-isolation, we’ve been watching the Madmen box set on Netflix.



    Inexplicably, at some point during every episode I think of Dontbrattbackinanger.



    If you’re looking in Mike, big up to you.

  3. Parkhead come Salford



    May your late father rest in peace.


    Prayers offered in support of you and yours at this time




  4. BIG JIMMY on 3RD APRIL 2020 12:02 PM





    BIG JIMMY on 3RD APRIL 2020 11:56 AM







    That SHOULD have read that I was always Top of my Class at School and College for ENGLISH Studies !







    Im getting worse.












    Big Jimmy it’s this lockdown mate,i’m saying things to the missus and she’s like ” what you on about”?







    Come to think of it she’s been saying that for 40 odd years :O) hh

  5. I can’t see how Belgium have acted prematurely. They’ve acted first but then someone had to. Football behind closed doors in the summer is for the birds. Britain will be reporting near a thousand deaths a day in the weeks ahead.



    The only advantage to waiting longer is that it will lessen the criticism of the decision but then that’s an argument about the politics of the decision rather than than the substance.



    Belgium have done the right thing, at the right time.

  6. Paul67 – What will be, will be…but the reaction form the Sevco nuts when this one broke was a sight to behold. What fragile psyches….



    Hope all the fine CQNers are keeping fit and healthy and sorry to see some of you suffer the loss of your loved ones recently. Thoughts with you all.




  7. PCS – sorry to hear for your sad loss.



    Thoughts and prayers for your dearly departed father, you and the family at this sad time.🙏



    D. :(

  8. The Battered Bunnet on

    An Dun



    The hope is that the effect of lockdown will be seen in the numbers after 11th/12th April. We can only pray that it has been effective. In the meantime, the numbers will continue to follow the pattern established elsewhere.

  9. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Looks like the Belgian FA have been threatened/induced into doing UEFA’s work here,as there is a real lack of leadership .They want teams to populate the CL/EL by a certain date,these competitions are their cash cow,and will be bracing themselves for reduced money from sponsors and TV companies for this season.

  10. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Condolences, thoughts and prayers with your dads loved ones.

  11. Paul67



    Belgians are just realists,



    “A resumption of the competition would in no way outweigh the health risks for players, employees and everyone involved in the competition organisation and the necessary maintenance of order,”



    “In addition, possible contamination of a player or the core of the team risks to influence the sporting course of the further competition in an unacceptable manner.



    “Even if games behind closed doors could theoretically be possible, the additional pressure they place on health and order services should be avoided.”




  12. I thought the statement from the League authority in Belgium was very good.



    The statement forensically set out the reasoning behind their decision and tore a part the idea of closed door games and/or a resumption of the season post summer.



    Belgium have made the only decision open to any responsible professional league.

  13. May Felix Hamill Rest In Peace


    And Let Perpetual Light Shine upon him



    Thoughts and Prayers are with all the family PCS




  14. Neustadt-Braw on




    the saddest of times…condolences to you and yours …




  15. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Parkheadcumsalford, my condolences to you and your family following the passing away of your dad.



    May Felix soul rest in peace.

  16. Hrvatski Jim on




    May I add my condolences about the death of your father.

  17. So sorry to hear that BIGYINMILAN hasn’t been well.I met him here in Australia at a club lunch.He brought along some colleagues and it was a pleasure to provide them with some Glasgow Celtic hospitality. I haven’t been on here much at all and Melbourne Mick was saying that a few people sent their best wishes when I was in hospital.Thank you so much it meant a lot to me. As you probably know Mick has been the organiser for a few people from CQN to visit our wee club.He was a bit nervous as Bigyin is a doctor and a leading light in his profession.I asked him if he was ok.He said he wasn’t too sure about having to eat with a knife and fork. Anyway Bigyin my thoughts and prayers are with you and hope you get well soon. BIG JIMMY Hello mate, I just wanted to thank you as Mick told me you asked about my health on several occasions. My troubles started in October and I am now starting to feel like a human being again.He mentioned you were from The Calton.My wife if from there.Her Da had a furniture removalist business.Her aunt had the two pet shops in the Saltmarket.The family lived on the London RD. I hope you manage to recover from your health problems Jimmy,God Bless. I think it may have been ST TAM who was asking about Steve Marley who lives in Melbourne.I know Steve and can easily contact him. All the best to all you guys STAY SAFE AND HAIL HAIL, PADDY

  18. Condolences to CQN’s Parkheadcumsalford………………….



    sad news indeed.




  19. Parkheadcumsalford



    So sorry to hear of your loss.


    Felix RIP



    Haven’t been near the blog for an age. So apologies if I’m unaware of other losses and illness.



    Go Bless. Stay in, stay safe.



    HH jg

  20. PCS



    Sad news about your Father remember the good times. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family

  21. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    He…He.. Paddy glad to see you got that aul steam driven computer


    working again, think it was last used during the second world war


    trying to crack the enigma code lol.


    Condolences to PARKHEADCUMSALFORD on his recent loss.


    H.H . Mick

  22. I am on the verge of tears, everyone. Many thanks for your support. I’ll sign off here for the moment, as I can’t really put my thoughts together.



    God bless you all.

  23. Mick


    You had any update on BigYininMilan ???



    Great to see your partner in Celtic ” PaddyMac” back online 😂

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