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West Ham players could be asked to sign legal waivers

The Government are set to recommend that all UK sportspeople agree on a legal agreement before returning to sport according to the Daily Mail The newspaper has revealed how Premier League footballers will be asked to sign agreement forms as part of plans to resurrect the season.

It is claimed that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have discussed plans to roll out similar documents across all sports in the UK as they look to get back up and running following the current hiatus.

There is hope international cricket and domestic rugby will be given the green light to return by July, while horse racing has been pencilled in for the end of this month.

But sport can only return under a strict set of protocols designed to minimise the threat posed by the virus, and sportspeople face the prospect of being asked to sign what is effectively a code of practice confirming they agree to their team’s guidelines.

A number of players are concerned the document is similar to a legal disclaimer or waiver and agents and legal advisors could have significant concerns over their clients signing the documents.  We are sue that Gordon Taylor and the PFA will have something to say on this too.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “West Ham players could be asked to sign legal waivers

  1. The Premier League are pressurising the clubs to resume for financial reasons. The clubs are then going to be indemnified by the waivers. The players, who are the ones being really pressured, are the ones taking all the risks and the ones with no recourse if they are stricken down. A player hit with this virus may well lose his entire career as it very often damages lung tissue. A player with bad lungs is unemployable as a player.
    As i wrote yesterday, all the onus is being pushed onto the players eventually. They should have their own secret ballot to see if they wish to risk their lives and careers.

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