Andriy Yarmolenko's heroic exploits of the last fortnight go some way to show how important the game of football can be through entire countries and communities, his home country Ukraine is still under remorseless assault by Mad Monk Putin's overwhelming but under performing military, football has now become a forgotten pleasure.
The Premier League is back. No fans, social distancing subs and fake crowd noise has been introduced but on the pitch nothing much has changed. Officials are still making almost unbelievable mistakes and David Luiz is a liability. Then there is West Ham.
West Ham: Fabianski, Cresswell, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Diop, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Fornals, Yarmolenko, Antonio. Subs: Randolph, Balbuena, Lanzini, Noble, Wilshere, Haller, Masuaku, Ajeti, Johnson.
Burnley: Pope, Taylor, Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Pieters, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil, Rodriguez, Vydra. Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Gudmundsson, Wood, Brady, Thompson, Dunne, Benson, Goodridge, Driscoll-Glennon.
Ahead of the games against Chelsea and Newcastle, most fans would have been overjoyed at the prospect of emerging with four points, and yet in the cold light of day people will be disappointed with the club having only attained just the four points, the two 'lost' points may come back to haunt David Moyes who was none too happy with the way his team conceded the 2nd Newcastle goal, only 81 seconds after scoring through the superb Tomas Soucek.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Shelvey, Hayden, Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Joelinton, Gayle. Subs: Darlow, Schar, Carroll, Ritchie, Yedlin, Lazaro, Rose, Bentaleb, M Longstaff.
West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Fornals, Lanzini, Antonio. Subs: Randolph, Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Noble, Wilshere, Masuaku, Ajeti, Silva, Johnson.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black, those bastions of honesty FIFA. or Thieffa as we prefer to call them, have climbed down from their ivory tower in order to 'remind' people that they are Europe's football power brokers and what better way than to help give little old West Ham a bit of a kicking in the process. Mind you, the Times, if you pay a subscription, were the story breakers in the first place, so 'fair' play to the Sun's richer cousin!