Watford’s Troy Deeney speaks to CNN
On Wednesday night, Watford captain Troy Deeney spoke to CNN.
Deeney has been one of the loudest critics of the Premier League’s Project Restart plans.
Unlike many of his team mates, Deeney hasn’t returned to training with the rest of his squad.
That’s because Deeney has specific health concerns regarding his young son. The Watford forward has revealed his son has previously had breathing problems.
Nevertheless, as confirmed by the BBC’s Simon Stone, Deeney could resume training with the rest of the Watford squad next week.
Troy Deeney likely to return to training @WatfordFC next week when they start contact work. Still doing lighter stuff for next few days. Others adopting same approach.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) May 28, 2020
Troy Deeney: Trolls said ‘I hope your son gets coronavirus’
Social media can be a toxic cesspit.
In his interview with CNN, Deeney revealed how some sickos sent him appalling messages about his son after he opened up on his health issues:
I saw some comments in regards to my son, people saying: ‘I hope your son gets corona[virus].
That’s the hard part for me. If you respond to that, people then go: ‘Ah, we’ve got him’ and they keep doing it.
Aside from these disgusting messages, Deeney also revealed how he and his family have been criticised for speaking out about their concerns:
In a time where it’s all about mental health and everyone says: ‘Speak up, speak out, please speak,’ Danny Rose spoke out … and I spoke out and we just get absolutely hammered and battered for it.
So people see that and go: ‘Woah’ and it’s not just us that gets it, the missus gets direct messages and you’ll be walking down the street and people will be like: ‘Oh, I’m at work, you go back to work.’
Why he feels sorry for Liverpool
Liverpool are on course to win their first title in 30 years.
However, the Reds have failed to match Arsenal’s Invincibles after they lost 3-0 to Watford back in February.
If the Reds manage to win two more matches, they’ll be crowned Premier League champions.
However, Deeney believes that Liverpool’s probably title success will be spoiled. He said:
I believe that when it comes to the integrity of this season anyway, it’s already gone.
I feel sorry for Liverpool because no matter how it plays out, they deserve to win the league. They deserve to get the trophy.
But no matter how it plays out, even if we play all the games, it’s still going to be the year spoiled by the pandemic. It’s not going to be that year that Liverpool won the league being the best team and, you know, it’s 30 years they haven’t won for.
So I do feel sorry for Liverpool and their players and Jordan [Henderson], but in terms of integrity, there’s no way you could say that this is a viable competition.
It’s like running a marathon, 20 odd miles, stopping for two months and then sprinting the last bit and going: ‘Ah, that was a good time that.’
Watch the full Troy Deeney interview
“I saw some comments in regards to my son, people saying: ‘I hope your son gets coronavirus”
Watford captain Troy Deeney tells @MirrorDarren about the abuse he suffered after voicing concern over the Premier League’s attempts to restart the season.
— CNN Sport (@cnnsport) May 27, 2020
This article was edited by Ben Green.
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