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Fitness coach urges players to boycott season resumption

Premier League players have been urged to boycott resuming the season by former Manchester City and Wales football fitness coach Raymond Verheijen.

The Premier League and EFL are currently suspended indefinitely but discussions regarding completing the season are ongoing, with a number of plans being mooted that would see the campaign resume in the summer months.

Verheijen fears that the Premier League could take a chance on the health and fitness of the players in a bid to save billions in lost TV revenue – and he urged the game’s biggest names to save football from its own greed.

“The season must be cancelled to protect the players. I have spoken to players about the situation and they are ­worried about being told to play ­before the crisis is over,” he told the Mirror.

“They are scared about ­becoming infected by a ­team-mate or an opponent.

“So that’s the first thing the football authorities need to address. And the second issue that needs to be raised is the ­possibility of ­players suffering career-threatening injuries.

“Everyone understands that there is huge financial pressure on the game and we all want to see football resumed as quickly as possible – but only when the crisis is over and the reality is that it won’t be ­possible to finish the current season by the end of the summer.

“Most players don’t have the ­influence to say, ‘I am not playing until I know it’s safe’. Only the players’ unions and the best footballers in the world have that kind of power.

“It would be a powerful message if the stars of the Premier League joined big names like Messi and ­Ronaldo to say, ‘None of us will play until the game is safe’.”

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2 comments on “Fitness coach urges players to boycott season resumption

  1. Sounds like pure common sense, as we ALL know players need a pre-season. They are human beings and NOT machines ………….. it will boil down to a battle between common sense V’s Money and Greed

  2. Common sense indeed. When will it finally sink in? Scottish football moved a step closer with a statement that no football north of the border will take place until June at the earliest – if then. Kevin De Bruyne has stated publicly he is concerned about players’ fitness if they are forced into a restart and then an intensive match programme. He wants a ‘halt’ called now. How many others share that view. Will the PL and FA listen to reason?

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