How many people are now turned off by football?
After weeks of squabbling, finger pointing and threats as Irish League chiefs attempted to find a resolution to their end-of-season impasse, I fear irreparable damage may have been done.
Cries of self-interest and greed will have just added to the disillusionment within the game.
While football fans at the start of lockdown may have yearned for the game to return, a period of time and reflection, looking on as civil war erupted during the Zoom meetings of the Northern Ireland Football League has resulted in them realising there is more to life.
The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of loved ones in Northern Ireland, thousands of people are losing their jobs, hard-working businesses are going under, proud parents are struggling to provide for their children and family members haven't been seen in person because of the government-imposed isolation.
Football in Northern Ireland should have been there to give people hope, something to look forward to once the coronavirus crisis has been contained.
Instead, some fans may feel they no longer want to be associated with the senior game due to a serious lack of sporting integrity.
Without integrity, we no longer have an honest game of football. It's a business now, not a game, and while the Premier League and top leagues around Europe were obviously driven commercially, I liked the fact the Irish Premiership was all about the football.
But decisions have been made for the good of the business model rather than the sport and, for me, that is wrong.
With the season being unable to play out the full 38 games, I agree that the current League placings should be used for European football, but I feel strongly that there should be no Champions, no teams relegated and, indeed, no promotion from the Championship.
The season is incomplete. The title should only be awarded when every game has been played. There were seven games to go, for goodness sake, 21 points up for grabs and Linfield were only ahead of second-placed Coleraine by four.
Where in the rules does it say a title must be awarded?
Linfield could have taken great pride from their displays in Europe and on the domestic scene during the last 12 months and then taken the moral high ground by saying, "Everyone has been affected greatly by the Covid-19 crisis and, even though we are top after 31 games, this competitive league has not been played to a finish and therefore it would not be right to classify ourselves as champions".
The Blues are the biggest club in the Irish League and I feel this was a great opportunity missed to show great affinity with the rest of the league.
Just like with Celtic in Scotland, there will always be an asterisk hanging over this Irish Premiership season and Linfield's 54th 'title success'.
If there was no title given out, would we then have relegation? A knock-on effect has obviously occurred and, at the bottom, Institute are the real victims of this sorry mess.
They have been relegated without being given a fighting chance to survive. There should be no team going down while, at the same time, Portadown should not be playing in the Premiership next season.
The Ports are such a prestigious club in Irish League football, steeped in history, and it would be great to see them back in top flight football. They have been the dominant team in the Championship, top of the League, but it was still mathematically possible for another side to catch them.
It would be bitterly disappointing for Matthew Tipton's men not to go up, but this pandemic has affected us all in different ways - and sport is no different.
As I stated a few weeks ago, if the Championship in England had been halted, I wouldn't want my old clubs West Brom or Leeds United, who have my good mate Stuarty Dallas playing for them, to be promoted.
Decisions on league championships, relegation and promotion should only be decided on the pitch, otherwise it is too ambiguous.
As a former footballer, I feel sorry for the players.
They have been denied the chance to play their part in winning on the pitch. That's why you play the game, why you fell in love with it as a kid.
I played the game to win matches, beat the best teams in the world and stop the best players on the planet from scoring against me.
Now leagues are being decided by formulas and computers, with thousands of pounds spent on this.
UEFA are responsible. If they had been clear at the outset on how leagues around Europe should conclude if the matches were unable to be played out, then we wouldn't have this farce.
We are unlikely to know the true extent of the Irish League fall-out until fans are allowed to vote with their feet when ALL restrictions are lifted in terms of supporters being allowed in stadiums.
It may take a long time for sporting integrity to return to the Irish Premiership.