Sears on playing the rest of the season behind closed doors
Town forward Freddie Sears believes it will be far from ideal to play the remainder of the season without any supporters, but admits the priority has to be finishing the campaign.
It was announced earlier today that the initial postponement of all professional English football has been extended from April 3 to April 30, meaning Town’s final league game against MK Dons is the only remaining fixture not to be affected by the postponements.
“When you start a season, you want to see it out and the priority must be to look at ways of completing the season,” Sears told the Club website.
“We have to respect the people in charge and I’m sure they are looking at all the alternatives.
“Playing behind closed doors has been mentioned. I don’t see that as the answer really.
“No player wants to play behind closed doors. Football is for the supporters. Look at Liverpool, they won’t want to win the title with no fans there.
“Also, you could have it like it was at the PSG game in the Champions League [against Borussia Dortmund], with thousands of fans outside the stadium while the game is going on. Are fans going to stay away when there is a match on?
“The only positive from playing behind closed doors, if it gets to that, is if it meant the season being completed.”
The Town players, including Sears, had been given an initial ten days ‘off’ and were due to come back to train on the 26th March in preparation for the Southend game at Portman Road on the 4th April, something which will now be extended.