Speid welcomes cancellation of RSPL

May 18, 2020
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Cavalier FC’s Dwayne Atkinson leaps to control the ball during the Red Stripe Premier League match against UWI FC at the Mona Bowl on Sunday, February 23.
Cavalier FC’s Dwayne Atkinson leaps to control the ball during the Red Stripe Premier League match against UWI FC at the Mona Bowl on Sunday, February 23.
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Cavalier technical director, Rudolph Speid, said the local football fraternity would be bordering on 'lunacy' if it believes that the country or the fraternity have the capacity to resume the football season and combat the dreaded COVID-19 and its ramifications.

Speid, who called for the season to be cancelled before the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) came out with the announcement last Friday, said football does not deserve any special treatment over the nation's other sports, and insists that his club would have no answer to dealing with the disease if local football was to resume and clubs were tasked with the responsibility of keeping things in check.

"Why do football people believe they have to get special treatment?" Speid questioned. " If the Government open the sport of football why shouldn't cricket, athletics, volleyball, netball and every sport get special treatment. It is ubsurd," he told STAR Sports.

"The United States and the UK (United Kingdom) cannot manage COVID-19 and those are two of the most sophisticated and modern states in the world, not to mentioned what happened to Italy and France and Germany, and they want Cavalier to try and manage COVID, it's a joke, we don't have those training and resources to take it on in that capacity, so we are really bordering on lunacy in trying to say we are going to fight this thing."

Wasn't worthwhile

He noted that the financial fallout that, especially European clubs will face from a cancelled season, will be astronomical. However, the loss Jamaica will feel from their television deal compared to those nations and their television deals, will be a drop in the bucket and for Speid it wasn't worthwhile.

"The difference between us and the overseas countries like England, is that those clubs will all go bankrupt if they don't play. The television rights money is so huge, unlike here in Jamaica where we don't get any television rights money. They (European clubs) will have to pay it back, as it is in their contracts that if they don't play, they have to pay it back.

"So every club will be bankrupt overseas and that is why they are forcing to play. The countries also know that it is a big part of their GDP, and in those countries sports and entertainment make up the GDP, between 18 to 25 per cent, but we don't even count it (sports as GDP) in Jamaica," he added.

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