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Nobes takes leading role in players’ WhatsApp feedback

Nobes – in regular touch with the PFA

Premier League stars will be letting club reps know their fears and concerns over a restart to the season via WhatsApp.

A delegate will take their thoughts via the app and later relay them to the union with Mark Noble among those in regular contact with PFA officials.

The union are keen to discover the players feelings on the Premier League’s plans for the game’s return with clams this could be as early as next month.

The Mail reports: ‘While most players say they will do as told, some have raised concerns about the prospect of returning to work while the country remains in lockdown.

One obstacle which the Premier League must overcome is players do not want to be seen taking tests while key workers, including NHS staff, go without.

PFA staff members have been assigned groups of clubs each and told to stay in constant contact ahead of the next shareholders’ meeting regarding the restart.

In some cases, the PFA are contacting both the club’s representative and captain. Adrian is listed as Liverpool’s delegate, for example, but Jordan Henderson is also involved.

Insiders say they have received constructive responses from clubs and their players.’

ClaretandHugh says: This of course is where things will ultimately be decided but it demonstrates the splits that exist throughout the entire situation. Clubs are split on a return and there’s bound to be those among the players who are worried at returning to a game which will bear little relation to the one they left in early March. Already Sergio Aguero, Glenn Murray and West Ham’s Manu Lanzini have made it clear there are plenty of problems in their own minds but if the Premier League gets a vote to restart through then the issue of clubs v players could arise. Players are contracted to play and clubs could take a hard line should they choose not to despite there being obvious and dangerous health issues. As one highly placed insider told me: It’s basically a mess. No one can see or predict how this will will work out.

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