West Ham vice-chairwoman Karren Brady fears for Premier League players when football returns. Games have been suspended until April 30 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, it’s likely football will not return until the summer, with some claiming the season should be declared null and void.
The Premier League say games will not return until it’s safe to do so.
However, with players being told to take wage cuts and clubs furloughing non-playing staff and people losing jobs, there’s a pressure on football to return.
And Brady has revealed her worries about Premier League action returning too soon, claiming there’s a major risk of players getting injured after a lengthy layoff.
She wrote in her Sun column: “Our politicians are telling us we are about to enter the eye of the Covid-19 storm — the week infections will peak.
“There is so much uncertainty facing the world with this dreadful pandemic, it seems rather frivolous to be worried about when football will recommence. But I am worried.
“The re-start is delayed until the virus is at least well under control, and who knows when that will be?
“Even then, matches could be behind closed doors. This would save about £760million on our TV contracts but do nothing for all the other lost income.
“And, as worried as I am about the financial impact, I am more worried about the health and wellbeing of my players.
“All PL football players are in lock down at home (except some of the Spurs ones!) and there is only so much you can do to keep fit on a treadmill.
“Some of my players are in flats, have no access to a garden and are literally, and I mean literally… climbing the walls!
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“The PL have said that whatever happens there will be at least a three-week return to fitness before any game is played and the season recommences.
“Each club’s medical team have a different view about if this is enough time to get properly match-fit.
“And then what happens if games recommence and players get injured when playing? Are they sent to an already overburdened NHS hospital, as most private clinics are closed, and private hospitals repurposed?
“How will we know if they are even fit to play and not able to spread the infection to other players?
“We know some people can have the infection but remain asymptomatic. So how will testing be done, and by who?”
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