Danny Rose criticises plans for the Premier League to return behind closed doors

  • Kobe Tong
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Tottenham Hotspur loanee Danny Rose has criticised the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’.

The latest update from the UK government on the coronavirus pandemic has given the green-light for sport to return in June, lining up smoothly to the original schedule of England’s top flight.

Clubs unanimously voted against the idea of games being played at neutral venues and a June return would not mean that ten of thousands of fans would be returning to their local stadiums.

But with thousands of people having already perished to this horrible virus, there are concerns about the importance of football coming back when the situation hasn’t been fully contained. 

Many have argued that sport would give the nation a much-needed boost, but that seems oh-so insignificant when some players highlight their concerns for their own and their family’s safety.

Rose speaks out on Instagram

And Newcastle United’s Rose has perhaps been more vocal than any of his Premier League colleagues, speaking honestly about his reservations surrounding ‘Project Restart’ on Instagram.

Per talkSPORT, Rose opined: “It’s a f***ing joke, I’m not even going to lie. The government is saying bring football back because it’s going to boost the nation’s morale, I don’t give a f*** about the nation’s morale.

“People’s lives are at risk, you know what I mean? Football shouldn’t even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively. It’s b*******.

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Should the Premier League return?

“We’ll see, I think I’m getting tested on Friday, so we’ll just have to wait and see. I listened to the announcement, no football until June 1st or something, I don’t even pay attention to any of that.

“I’m sad that people are getting sick and being affected. Football should be the last of things that need to be sorted.

“I think everyone will get tested as soon as they get back and we’ll see what happens. I just hope the numbers stay low so we can get back to normal as soon as possible.”

Rose is by no means alone in his opinion.

At the end of the day, money talks and resuscitating the Premier League could be a welcome step for the UK economy as it continues to suffer from the financial strains brought about by lockdown.

But how important is that when lives are at risk? 

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‘Project Restart’ chugs on

There’s no doubt that the league would only return with stringent biological controls, just as the Bundesliga have implemented, but there can be no guarantee that people’s healths won’t be at risk.

No matter which solution is best, you can be sure that players and staff will be worried about coming back. In all honesty, it’s more than understandable.

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