Newcastle United loanee Danny Rose has admitted that he has been left furious by plans for the return of top-flight football in England, assuring that sport ‘should be the last of things that needs to get sorted’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
PL inching towards return
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc on events around the globe, football has of course been brought to a near standstill.
In Europe, Belarus remains the only country in which top-flight football continues to be played, with the Champions League and Europa League having also been postponed for the time being.
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In the case of England, meanwhile, though many have cast doubt over the Premier League’s return amid the country’s struggles in their fight against the coronavirus, the ultimate goal remains to see out the final weeks of the campaign.
At a meeting between Premier League shareholders earlier this month, it was reiterated that all 20 top-flight clubs intend to play their remaining fixtures.
Rose hits out
As outlined above, though, one individual who is not only concerned by, but evidently flat out against the idea of English football returning to our screens over the coming weeks is Danny Rose.
The Tottenham-owned stopper last night joined the likes of Manuel Lanzini in hitting out at the ‘Project Restart‘ initiative, by suggesting that football should be bottom of the list when it comes to priorities during the nationwide pandemic.
Speaking in an Instagram live session, Rose, long-known for his outspokenness, even went as far as to claim that he ‘doesn’t give a f*ck’ whether football would help to lift the morale of Premier League fans:
‘The government is saying we are bringing football back because it is going to boost the nation’s morale.’
‘I don’t give a f*ck about the nation’s morale. People’s lives are at risk. Football shouldn’t even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively.’
‘It’s b*llocks. We’ll see. I’m supposed to be tested on Friday, so we will just have to wait and see.’
‘I didn’t even listen to the announcement [on Sunday] – no football until June 1 or something. I don’t even pay attention to any of that. I’m sad people are getting sick and being affected but football should be the last of things that needs to get sorted.’
Quotes via Goal
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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