Premier League Restart May Get Railroaded By Concerned Players

Many Premier League players do not want to play football during the coronavirus crisis. The leagues hopes to continue the 2019-2020 season might be compromised.

Play was suspended on March 13 and players across numerous Premier League teams have huge concerns. Playing during the coronavirus pandemic is a perceived health risk.

“A lot of players are very uncomfortable with coming back,” according to reports.

“The only way the league takes this seriously is when someone at a club dies. We will look back on this time with sadness in the future.”

Leagues in Spain, Germany and Italy have a protocol for a return to training. However, the Premier League has not announced any procedures for a return.

On Friday, top clubs will meet to discuss options for the restart of the season. The United Kingdom’s culture secretary has been in contact with clubs about restarting the Premier League “as soon as possible.” UEFA has told leagues to outline their plans for resuming by May 25.

However, behind closed doors, there is a different sentiment.

While the social distancing measures remain unchanged players are remiss to resume playing. Not every player has used the training facilities at clubs that have reopened.

Clubs like Arsenal, the first Premier League club to resume training, are expected to follow strict social distancing. Now more clubs have followed but many remain closed while the U.K. remains in lockdown.

With MMA looking to be the first sport fully back on May 9th in Jacksonville, Florida with UFC 249, other sports will follow.


Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. RhettĀ hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.