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Charlie Austin reacts to Gordon Taylor’s bold claim on how to conclude the season

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It’s a frustrating time to be a football supporter, with recent off-the-field events calling a halt to fixtures across the globe. 

No scheduled return date has been set as of yet, as the relevant authorities monitor the developments, with football rightly taking a back seat for the time being.

It has recently been suggested by PFA chief Gordon Taylor that the remaining games of the season should be shorter than 90 minutes as part of ‘Project Restart’.

It’s safe to say that this suggestion prompted quite the reaction on social media from plenty of supporters. But there were also players that responded to this bold claim from Taylor.

West Brom’s Charlie Austin was one of those, and he made the hilarious claim in saying that they’ll be playing matches with as six players on each team.

Austin has been impressive for West Brom this season, but has struggled for consistent game time in Slaven Bilic’s side in the Championship this term.

The 30-year-old has nine goals to his name in all competitions, and will be hoping he can play his part in their promotion bid when the season gets back underway.

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The Verdict: 

I have to agree with Austin here.

It’s quite frankly a ludicrous suggestion to say that the remaining games of the season could be shorter than 90 minutes from now on.

That wouldn’t make it a fair reflection on the season at all, and I fail to see what it would actually achieve, especially when players are still coming into close contact with each other on the pitch.

I’m all for the season being completed, but only when it is deemed safe enough to do so, and when tests have been carried out on people involved on a matchday.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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