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【武漢肺炎】奪冠在即遇上疫情停賽 利物浦領隊高普:足球和球賽都不重要

2020/3/14 — 18:13

武漢肺炎疫情在英國轉趨嚴重,阿仙奴領隊阿迪達(Mikel Arteta),車路士球員赫臣奧杜爾(Callum Hudson-Odoi)都確診,英超昨日(13 日)決定暫停所有賽事至 4 月 4 日

現時在英超排榜首的利物浦,對上一次奪冠已經在 1990 年,球隊現時拋離第二的曼城多達 25 分,利物浦只要多贏兩場就可提前奪冠,此時遇上疫情,支持者都感到焦急,不過領隊高普(Jürgen Klopp)就在球會官方網站發表聲明,提醒他們在疫情當前,「足球和球賽都不重要」,最重要是眾人健康,「請把健康放在第一位,不要冒險」,並要好好照顧自己和身邊人。

認同社會福祉大於足球

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高普指,他從來沒想過這是一個需要一個足球領隊需要發聲的時刻,「但我明白我們的球迷希望聽到球隊的聲音,所以就讓我站在最前。」他又表示,現時所有人都應該盡力去保護大家,「這應該是常態,但在這刻我相信這做法從未如此重要。」

高普說自己曾經講過,「足球似乎是眾多無關重要的事情當中最重要的事。今天,足球和球賽都不重要」,並且說他們都不想面對無觀眾的看台作賽,也不希望賽事暫停,「但如果這樣做能令一個人,即使只是一個人,獲得健康的體魄,我們也會毫無猶豫地去做」,而要在足球和社會福祉兩者之間作出選擇,這顯然是毋須比較的。

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全力支持英超停賽

「對,我是這支球隊及球會的領隊,所以有需要為球隊場上的未來負責。但我相信在今天,當在我們的城巿及國家,甚至世界面對緊張及充滿未知的情況下,我們能說的,只是呼籲大家聽取專家意見,並好好照顧自己及身邊眾人。」

對於英超暫停賽事,高普認為是為了保障大眾安全,「我們將全力支持」,對於有球壇中人確診,「我們會記掛你們,為你們祈禱」。最後,高普表示「我們在乎大家的安好」,「請為社會上脆弱的一群著想,並且在設想他們的情況下作出行動。請照顧自己及協助身邊眾人。」

 

以下是高普的聲明全文:

I don’t think this is a moment where the thoughts of a football manager should be important, but I understand for our supporters they will want to hear from the team and I will front that.

First and foremost, all of us have to do whatever we can to protect one another. In society I mean. This should be the case all the time in life, but in this moment I think it matters more than ever.

I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things. Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all.

Of course, we don’t want to play in front of an empty stadium and we don’t want games or competitions suspended, but if doing so helps one individual stay healthy - just one - we do it no questions asked.

If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.

Today’s decision and announcement is being implemented with the motive of keeping people safe. Because of that we support it completely. We have seen members of teams we compete against become ill. This virus has shown that being involved in football offers no immunity. To our rival clubs and individuals who are affected and to those who later will become so, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

None of us know in this moment what the final outcome will be, but as a team we have to have belief that the authorities make decisions based on sound judgement and morality.

Yes, I am the manager of this team and club and therefore carry a leadership responsibility with regards to our future on the pitch. But I think in the present moment, with so many people around our city, the region, the country and the world facing anxiety and uncertainty, it would be entirely wrong to speak about anything other than advising people to follow expert advice and look after themselves and each other.

The message from the team to our supporters is only about your well-being. Put your health first. Don’t take any risk. Think about the vulnerable in our society and act where possible with compassion for them.

Please look after yourselves and look out for each other.

You’ll Never Walk Alone,
Jürgen

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