By News Desk
Manchester United former defender, Gary Neville, has warned that early resumption of 2019-20 Premier League season earlier stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic could jeopardise the lives of players and staff in the country.
English soccer has been suspended since March 13 due to the novel coronavirus, which has led to the deaths of more than 26,000 people in Britain. Still, the minister responsible for Sports has held talks with the league on competition returning as soon as possible.
“If people are really serious about putting health first we would not be discussing football returning at this moment,” eight-times Premier League winner Neville told newsmen.
“The minute one member of staff or player goes into intensive care, what are they going to do? That’s the bit on one shoulder telling them: ‘It’s a risk.’ They really aren’t sure at this time how to deal with it.”
Premier League clubs will meet on Friday to discuss ways to finish the season and Neville said the prospect of losing money from broadcasters if the campaign is cancelled had clouded the judgement of those pushing for a quick restart of the league.
“If this was a non-economic decision, there would be no football for months. There are big prizes up for grabs and huge economic loss that’s going to be incurred and it does cloud minds, in terms of the level of risk people are willing to place on lives”, Neville added.