Peterborough Sports boss Jimmy Dean says football clubs have “a social responsibility” to their fans, and can’t understand why some teams were reluctant to restart competitive football at the earliest opportunity.
The Southern League canvassed all its member clubs, offering Saturday 5 December as a start date, but a majority opted to start seven days later.
Despite lockdown ending on December 2, when football will be allowed to start again, Dean’s side aren’t back in competitive action until Tuesday 8 December for their FA Trophy tie with AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
The Turbines have now arranged friendlies against Bedford Town and Yaxley, but Dean feels that shouldn’t have been necesarry.
“We should be out there playing competitively as soon as possible,” he told The Peterborough Telegraph.
“I just don’t get it. We finished last season early, endured five months of lockdown in the summer and another month just now.
“Football is a great release from the stresses and strains of life. Playing football should make you feel good and if it doesn’t then perhaps you should do something else.
“We just want to get out there and get playing again,” he added. “It’s not because we are in good form, it’s because it’s what we all love doing.
“We tried to play a league game with Royston on December 5 but they declined and then we tried to move the Trophy tie forward, but we couldn’t.
“We have a social responsibility as well. We give people something to look forward to and in the current climate that shouldn’t be underestimated.”
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