Cheltenham, prosecco and the inevitable ban


Spanish authorities confirmed this morning that La Liga will be played behind closed doors for the next two weeks, leaving only Germany and England from Europe’s big five leagues permitting spectators.  Yesterday the Italian government banned all domestic sporting fixtures until 3 April, meaning Serie A games will not take place, even behind closed doors.

Authorities in Germany and the UK will now come under pressure, especially as leagues in Germany and England attract he highest attendances in the world.  The next move is likely to be in Germany, where the confirmed case number is similar to that in Spain and France.

Case numbers in the UK are a quarter those in Germany, France and Spain, there are still only 321 cases here, but if we follow a similar pattern, that figure will be over 1,000 by the weekend, when we can expect non-essential gatherings to be prohibited.  A ban is in the post.

The Cheltenham Festival runs from today until Friday.  The cynic in you might suggest a ban on sporting events will take place after the last of the Prosecco is supped in Gloucestershire.  I hope we do not see the now-annual player photos from the Festival…

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  1. Paul67 et al



    Must admit I am surprised that London itself seems to have so few positive cases, though there are some around the greater London/Home Counties area. Unless the Government closes down both the Underground and the Overground etc I cannot see them closing stadiums first. Some 300,000 passengers use Waterloo station alone every day, coming from the west and the South-West, including mainline services. and proceed all over central London. Just one station. Not to mention passengers arriving in Luton, Gatwick, City, Stanstead and Heathrow airports all with public transport links to Central London, and air connections elsewhere. As things stand no shortage of routes for the pathogen.

  2. Neustadt-Braw on

    just messaged my bro whose is travelling back from Italy …Austria have closed the border….medical certificate required….



    smiley getting infectious this news cycle thing




  3. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Melanie Finn


    March 09 2020 11:39 AM


    The Gloucestershire town of Cheltenham has just had its first confirmed case of the Coronavirus as thousands of Irish race-goers begin their annual pilgrimage to the annual festival.



    The case was confirmed as the third case in the county by the Chief Medical Officer. It now brings the total number of Covid-19 cases reported in the UK to 278.

  4. Read this morning that after Saturday, we’d have played 15 home games to their 17.



    Come the split, we’ll have played all the top 6 twice away from home already, they’ll have have played all the top 6 just the once away from home.



    Given the obvious advantages handed to them via the fixture list, the respective forms of both teams look even more stark.

  5. Canamalar


    From the middle of the night.


    I’m a big proponent of acupuncture which I have used for over two decades to relieve acute pain.


    It prevents reliance of addictive pain killers.


    Unfortunately it doesn’t help Covid avoidance.


    If the beer kit is still in date I have no objections to you using it. 🤣


    It’s a wee bit too late to brew to celebrate for Sunday, but it could be ready for the title winning day.

  6. outrageous that SFA has given the Ibrox game to Beaton. We should protest now and let them know we wont accept this shit. Don’t wait till the game.

  7. Neustadt-Braw on

    update ….should have known the BBC would get it wrong ,,,,travellers to Germany can drive on through as long as they stay on the auto routes …(don,t know how they police that) but bro is confident that he will get through …



    smiley auntie at her best thing



    auntie with a “c”




  8. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Wish you’d got back to me sooner, just sent it special d to GG in america, should be with you in the next couple of days.



    As for Covid avoidance, I think we are seeing the difference, they threw up a state of the art hospital in 6 weeks was it?


    While the US will likely allow anyone without insurance fend for themselves. I’d say Chinese health care is better than US for general acute care but then again some provinces use the same US pay to play model but he Govt knows its a good idea to treat everyone, you cant be sure hats how it will go in the US, in fact we can be pretty sure many will go untreated, possibly herded into quarantine zones to let nature take its course. Its the capitalist way after all.

  9. Canamalar (from previous article)



    Season book costs – there’s been some debate around about the price rise; companies usually use industry indices to justify them OR base it on a specific cost rise they have taken.



    Not sure if anyone has challenged it through the SLO yet, expect they will as our prices are damn high now (the 100 quid discount was a few years ago now!)

  10. TUESDAY 10TH MAY 1981




    It has been a fairly normal day in my present circumstances. My weight is 59. 3 kgs. and I have no medical problems. I have seen some birthday greetings from relatives and friends in yesterday’s paper which I got today. Also I received a bag of toiletries today.



    There is no priest in tonight, but the chief medical officer dropped in, took my pulse, and left. I suppose that makes him feel pretty important.



    From what I have read in the newspapers I am becoming increasingly worried and wary of the fact that there could quite well be an attempt at a later date to pull the carpet from under our feet and undermine us — if not defeat this hunger-strike — with the concession bid in the form of ‘our own clothes as a right’.



    This, of course, would solve nothing. But if allowed birth could, with the voice of the Catholic hierarchy, seriously damage our position. It is my opinion that under no circumstances do they wish to see the prisoners gain political status, or facilities that resemble, or afford us with the contents of, political status.



    The reasons for this are many and varied, primarily motivated by the wish to see the revolutionary struggle of the people brought to an end. The criminalisation of Republican prisoners would help to furnish this end.



    It is the declared wish of these people to see humane and better conditions in these Blocks. But the issue at stake is not ‘humanitarian’, nor about better or improved living conditions. It is purely political and only a political solution will solve it. This in no way makes us prisoners elite nor do we (nor have we at any time) purport to be elite.



    We wish to be treated ‘not as ordinary prisoners’ for we are not criminals. We admit no crime unless, that is, the love of one’s people and country is a crime.



    Would Englishmen allow Germans to occupy their nation or Frenchmen allow Dutchmen to do likewise? We Republican prisoners understand better than anyone the plight of all prisoners who are deprived of their liberty. We do not deny ordinary prisoners the benefit of anything that we gain that may improve and make easier their plight. Indeed, in the past, all prisoners have gained from the resistance of Republican jail struggles.



    I recall the Fenians and Tom Clarke, who indeed were most instrumental in highlighting by their unflinching resistance the ‘terrible silent system’ in the Victorian period in English prisons. In every decade there has been ample evidence of such gains to all prisoners due to Republican prisoners’ resistance.



    Unfortunately, the years, the decades, and centuries, have not seen an end to Republican resistance in English hell-holes, because the struggle in the prisons goes hand-in-hand with the continuous freedom struggle in Ireland. Many Irishmen have given their lives in pursuit of this freedom and I know that more will, myself included, until such times as that freedom is achieved.



    I am still awaiting some sort of move from my cell to an empty wing and total isolation. The last strikers were ten days in the wings with the boys, before they were moved. But then they were on the no-wash protest and in filthy cells. My cell is far from clean but tolerable. The water is always cold. I can’t risk the chance of cold or ‘flu. It is six days since I’ve had a bath, perhaps longer. No matter.



    Tomorrow is the eleventh day and there is a long way to go. Someone should write a poem of the tribulations of a hunger-striker. I would like to, but how could I finish it.



    Caithfidh mé a dul mar tá tuirseach ag eirí ormsa.



    (Translated, this reads as follows):



    Must go as I’m getting tired.

  11. Bayer Leverkusen are 9 to 2 ON to KO the `wondeful in Europe` Sevco from the Europa league.


    Surprising that a team with an 80 million pound striker and a 22 million pound full-back would be considered to have little chance of going further.



    PS …..and I KNOW we are already out but our players are not worth as much as theirs.

  12. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    ‘Meanwhile, Scotland’s clubs have been encouraged to get hygiene advice across to supporters to help reduce the spread of the virus.’



    Use the tap with the red handle aye Peter?




  13. Paul67



    The ‘Big hoose’ must stay open



    Imagine when the dust has settled on last ‘f@ck the Pope ’ come Sunday, the grounds in Scotland will be closed from Monday



    And not before CSC

  14. Evnin all – uncertain times – looks like Sunday might be the last game with fans!

  15. Celtic’s domestics



    37 games


    33 wins


    2 draws


    2 defeats


    108 scored


    23 conceded



    Won the only trophy 🏆 completed



    Downsizing CSC

  16. macjay1 @ 1:30 am









    President comes from the epicentre of global medical expertise …………..Ethiopia.”





    Seriously worried about stements like this.



    Why should an educated man from Ethiopia NOT be considered the equal or superior to someone from a First World country? You can keep up to date with medical research and innovation via a computer in Senegal, Bangladesh or Bolivia as much as from London, New York or Sydney.



    Plus you are more likely to have experience of or access to first hand studies in tackling large scale epidemics and pandemics from such poorer countries.



    What did the Ethiopians ever do for us, eh?

  17. i'vehadtochangemynamebacktojackiemac on

    TF we’ve had the amazing run we’ve had and they’ve been supers hi*e . Can you imagine the clamour to suspend the spill if they were on on goal difference or summit.

  18. SFTB


    Your reply was very diplomatic.


    Others might have opined “Why is racist crap like that being posted on a Celtic site”

  19. The Italian football federation (FIGC) said after a meeting on Tuesday that the Serie A season may not finish because of the coronavirus outbreak.



    A statement confirmed that Serie A would stop until 3 April following a government decree issued on Monday.



    FIGC president Gabriele Gravina also put forward alternative options if the season can not be concluded.



    They include staging play-offs, not having a champion for 2019-20 or declaring the current standings final.

  20. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on




    Definition of pandemic (Entry 2 of 2)


    : an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population : a pandemic outbreak of a disease.



    Minister of Foreign Affairs .


    Born in the city of Asmara, Eritrea, Dr Tedros holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Health from the University of Nottingham and a Master of Science (MSc) in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London. Dr Tedros is globally recognised as a health scholar, researcher, and diplomat with first-hand experience in research, operations, and leadership in emergency responses to epidemics.



    Does he have a medical degree ?


    However , the problem is not so much related to the individual concerned.


    The problem : The appointment is a blatantly politically correct one .



    Betcha the next one is female . For the same woke reason.

  21. The appointment to all National and international bodies are political.



    Dr. Tedros won massively on an open vote. He is abeing appointed to the head of a Health Policy and lobbying body, not to manage a lab or a hospital. His post gradute degree is in a more relevant area, vis-a-vis the current crisis, than a doctor or surgeon whose expertise was in gynaecology, mental health, coronary disease or anesthesiology.



    Your main problem was over the country from whence he came. You now add to that quasi (I hope)-racist opinion a quasi (I hope) sexist one.



    You have to relax about appointents going to people you might consider as melanin-enhanced or lacking a willy.



    The vast majority of appointments are still going to white males. That’s how “woke” we are.

  22. The Battered Bunnet on

    In the domain of epidemiology, mathematics is considerably more important than biology.



    That’s because the domain is concerned with the vectors of infection and the impact at the community/societal level, and not with the treatment of those individuals infected, which is of course a matter for the clinicians (or vets, for that matter)

  23. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    So the DG of the World Health Organisation is a politician who does not have a medical degree .


    The world deserves , nay needs , better at this time of crisis .



    The appointment was a politically correct one. A sop to the woke generation.


    Your other comments both crude and insulting .


    That`s your level .

  24. Macjay



    “Some of the comments on here recently should have come with a health warning .



    But that`s not a problem for you. ”




    It certainly isn’t – especially when I have not read or noticed them. Having been given the opportunity, I am happy to condemn all forms of holocaust denial.



    Now that the squirrel has been dealt with- back to the point at hand

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