EPL can finish as scheduled, thinks expert ‘Little Joe’
Journalist Surasak Marktavee, left, and rock star Artiwara ‘Toon Body Slam’ Kongmalai at Anfield in 2013.
While numerous English Premier League clubs are having a hard time throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the season must be able to finish as set up, according to a London-based Thai reporter.
The situation is not very major, thanks to procedures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, said Surasak Marktavee, who has covered the English video game for over two decades.
” All gamers and staff are required to go through Covid-19 tests two times a week,” Surasak, chief correspondent for Siam Sport daily, said in a phone interview from London.
” Matches are likewise played behind closed doors.”
While the number of gamers and individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 has actually increased, they are about 2 percent of those included in the game, stated the 49-year-old.
” It is still far from the worst scenario of 10 percent set by the Premier League,” said Surasak, who is better understood by his pen name ‘Little Joe.’
Only about 25 journalists are enabled to go to a match with images dispersed to media outlets via a pool, he stated.
Just a couple of video games have been held off because clubs strictly observed Covid-19 procedures, stated Surasak, who just recently introduced his book 23 Years in England.
The experienced reporter stated the Premier League discovered a lesson from last season when it was hit by the very first wave of Covid-19.
“Thanks to the lesson from in 2015, Premier League employers have actually responded calmly to the revival of the virus and decided that the season can continue,” Surasak stated.
Individuals need something to satisfy their passion during the coronavirus crisis. They desire to see video games, a minimum of on TELEVISION, he said.
“Football can assist lift the fans’ spirits especially during the infection break out and dull winter season,” he stated.
Surasak said numerous clubs are not affected by sponsorship as they often make long-term deals.
Nevertheless, he confessed that clubs have actually been struck hard through loss of earnings from tickets sale and product.
On the other hand, clubs in the lower leagues are battling with monetary issues, Surasak said.
Some groups don’t even have cash to spend for Covid-19 testing and the British federal government needs to discover ways to assist them, he stated.
“If little clubs fulfill big clubs in competitions such as the FA Cup, the big clubs need to assist the smaller sized ones pay the Covid screening expenses,” he said.
Surasak, who started his journalism profession in 1993, has actually been based in London considering that 1997.
Thanks to his job, he is close to numerous Thai celebs, who have actually visited England to watch football games, consisting of rocker Artiwara Kongmalai, aka Toon Body Slam.