Portsmouth's April Fools' Day solution to how the season could be completed
The football governing bodies are racking their brains trying to come up with a contingency plan to complete the season.
English football suspended until April 30 amid the coronavrius crisis, although that date is expected to be pushed back as the pandemic accelerates in the country.
Uefa, the FA, Premier League and Football League are presently thrashing out the logistics to finish the campaign.
But Pompey reckon they've come up with the answer.
Well, it’s not exactly a serious one as the club got into the spirit of April Fools’ Day on Twitter.
With government rules meaning there has to be social distancing of at least 2m when out in public, the Blues have recommended how that can be translated on a football field.
The solution – zorb football.
It entails players to be inside an inflated bubble from the torso upwards and is popular for events such as children's birthday parties and stag do’s.
Of course, this was a light-hearted jest that tried to catch members of the Fratton faithful out on Twitter.
On Pompey’s website, a mock statement read: ‘Portsmouth can confirm that the club has asked the EFL for permission to continue the rest of the 2019/20 season as a zorb football tournament.
‘The use of zorbs would ensure players remain two metres away from each other at all times, making it the perfect way to resume the current campaign while still adhering to guidelines on social distancing.
‘While we are yet to receive official confirmation from experts, we believe that this solution would be safe, logical, and most importantly of all, really funny to watch.
‘To avoid games being played behind closed doors, each supporter will also be supplied with a zorb to use while watching from the stands at Fratton Park.
(Please note that zorbs will only be available in sizes Small to XL.)
‘After each home fixture, match-used zorbs will be signed by the players and made available to buy from the Pompey memorabilia store.’
The statement then acknowledged how it was a quip and reminded supporters of the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic and adhering to government advice.
‘Now that you’ve reached the end of our tedious April Fool’s Day joke, we’d like to reiterate the importance of staying indoors and sticking to government advice,’ it added.
‘More information on the coronavirus including how to stop the spread of the disease is available on the NHS website.
‘Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.’