What Billy Sharp said about Sheffield United's possible mid-May return - and playing games behind closed doors

Sheffield United skipper Billy Sharp believes a rumoured mid-May return for football seems "realistic".

Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 1:31 pm
Sheffield United's Billy Sharp is part of the #playerstogether campaign. Pic David Klein/Sportimage

And although the Blades captain believes football is about supporters, he admitted that the prospect of playing the remaining fixtures behind closed doors is at least better than not playing them at all.

United haven't played since early March due to the coronavirus crisis, which saw all professional football in this country postponed indefinitely in a bit to halt the spread of the disease.

But there has been talk about a possible return later this summer, to play the remaining games - probably behind closed doors, and possibly at a neutral venue.

Sign up to our Sheffield United newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

"We hope to be back in training as a group soon," Sharp admitted.

"I've heard talk of mid-May, which seems realistic. I believe the curve is starting to flatten. I'm trying to not get too downhearted by watching the news but hopefully we can see the curve go down soon and the pandemic can be put to bed."

On the prospect of games behind closed doors, Sharp added: "Football’s about fans and the emotion in the stadium.

"It would be weird but it would be the same for both sides, we'd have to adapt to it.

"I'm sure the gaffer will struggle not to swear as much! It is just a game but it makes a lot of people happy and puts a lot of smiles on faces. Hopefully we can do that and it's better to play behind closed doors than not at all."

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.

Subscribe to The Star website and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Visit https://www.thestar.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.