Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose is the latest Premier League footballer to criticise the FA’s plans to restart the 2019-20 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The left-back had been on loan at Newcastle United since the end of January prior to the league’s suspension on 13 March.
Officials from all 20 Premier League clubs met on Monday to continue discussions about ‘Project Restart’ with the aim of resuming the English top flight on Friday 12 June.
During an Instagram Live session, Danny Rose said:
“Government is saying ‘bring football back’ because it is going to boost the nation’s morale. I don’t give a fuck about the nation’s morale, bro, people’s lives are at risk.
“Football shouldn’t even be spoke about coming back until the numbers [infected or dying] have dropped massively. It’s bollocks.”
As of 12 May there had been 32,692 deaths in the UK with coronavirus as the cause – second only to the USA worldwide.
Those numbers are not falling greatly either, but the Premier League’s intention is to resume the season in a month’s time.
Players are not the only one’s worried about a resumption; Watford, West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion have all publicly called for the 2019-20 Premier League campaign to be voided.
Whatever the conclusion there simply won’t be a decision that everyone is happy with. Norwich City were propping up the table when the league was suspended, and would feel they had a chance of staying up, whilst Aston Villa and Bournemouth were much closer to getting out of the bottom three.
On the other side of the coin, Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion had a big gap over Fulham in third place in the Championship with only nine games remaining as they sought after promotion.