The UK government has outlined a plan to get the Premier League back to playing soccer in June. But some players aren’t happy about it.
Danny Rose, a defender for Tottenham who is on loan at Newcastle, was particularly vocal about it.
“Government is saying ‘bring football back’ because it is going to boost the nation’s morale. I don’t give a (expletive) about the nation’s morale, bro, people’s lives are at risk. Football shouldn’t even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively,” Rose said Monday on Instagram Live with British musician Don-E.
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The Premier League was suspended on March 13. The league outlined a plan dubbed Project Restart that could see matches being played in empty stadiums as early as June 1, but the plan is subject to government approval.
Premier League clubs each have nine matches remaining.
“It’s (expletive),” Rose said. “I listened to the announcement yesterday, no football until June 1 or something. I don’t even pay attention to any of that. I think I’m getting tested on Friday, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”
According to data from Johns Hopkins, the United Kingdom has more than 230,900 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including more than 33,200 deaths.
“I’m sad that people are getting sick and being affected,” Rose said. “Football should be the last of things that need to be sorted.”