There could be a major setback to EPL’s Project Restart Plan as players revolt over health concerns.
Recently, some EPL players expressed their feelings to their clubs about their intentions towards returning to training next Monday, as regarding the June 1 EPL Project Restart Plan.
Some of the players who publicly expressed their concerns include, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United and Newcastle United’s Danny Rose.
As the EPL continues to work on Project Restart, Aguero told Spanish TV El Chiringuito: “Players are scared as they consider the risk involved in returning to football during this crisis because they have families.”
Speaking to Closs Continental in Argentina, his homeland, Lanzini also laid out his concerns that: “It would be crazy to play again until there is a vaccine. It is obvious that I want to play but you have to protect others, so I won’t start playing now.”
Rose said: “Football shouldn’t be discussed until the numbers drop massively. People’s lives are at risk” He added.
It was gathered that within the next 48 hours, several EPL top clubs will stage a video conference call with their respective players, to educate them on the health and safety protocols required if the League restarts in June.
This meeting would also provide a platform for more EPL players to voice out their concerns on health issues regarding the League Board’s decision for teams small group training scheduled to restart on May 18.
Meanwhile, today, EPL club Wolves, became the first team to install a drive-through Coronavirus testing station for their players at their training ground. It was gathered that only Wolves’ backroom staff have been tested, the players are yet to undergo the testing process.
The duration for the testing is about a minute, and it is carried out in the car park on Wolves’ training ground.
The EPL hopes this approach by Wolves becomes the guide for other clubs in the top tier to follow.