Newcastle United loanee Danny Rose has become the latest Premier League player to kick against the restart of the Premier League amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The 29-year-old England international said it is not right for footballers to risk their lives in order to entertain people.
Danny Rose who is on loan to Newcastle from Tottenham Hotspur faulted those who always argue that players earn enough, hence, they need to return to the stadia to do what they have been paid for. He asked whether whatever they are being paid worth the risk of playing amid a raging pandemic.
The Premier League under “Project Restart”, has been making frantic effort to return to action which has been suspended since March 13. Just like in most parts of the world, the pandemic is still raging in the United Kingdom, yet, the Premier League believes it has all it takes to resume in June.
The result of the test conducted on all the playing and backroom staff of the 20 clubs in the Premier League returned 6 negative results, an outcome which has apparently sent a bad signal to some of the players.
“My son is five months and he has breathing difficulties. I don’t want to come home and put him in more danger”, he said.
Now, Danny Rose is insisting that players should not be used as lab rats or Guinea pigs all in the name of entertainment. He said he wishes to return to the field but that means he has to put his life on the line.
“Just off the fact that people are suggesting we should go back to football like we’re guinea pigs or lab rats”, Danny Rose told Lockdown Tactics podcast. “We’re going to experiment this phase and see if it works or not.
“I can just imagine people at home saying, ‘Well they earn that amount of money so they should be going back’.
“For stuff like that I think is it worth the hassle? I could be potentially risking my health for people’s entertainment and that’s not something I want to be involved in if I’m honest.”
Football fans are anxiously waiting to see if the agitations of these footballers will change the course of the”Project Restart”. Though people could say German Bundesliga has resumed, why is the case of the Premier League different?
Well, the UK is one of the worst-hit countries in the world as far as the pandemic is concerned. As at last check, at least, 249,000 people have contracted it in the UK, 35,341 of those people are dead, and those who have recovered are not ascertained.
While in Germany, 178,000 people have contracted the virus and 156,000 of those people have recovered while 8,193,000 are dead.