Football : Players treated like ‘guinea pigs’ over coronavirus, says Wayne Rooney

Football : Players treated like 'guinea pigs' over coronavirus, says Wayne Rooney

Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney claims the British government and football authorities have treated players like ‘guinea pigs’ during the coronavirus crisis.

It was only when Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea Winger Callum Hudson – odoi tested positive for the virus on Friday that the UK governing bodies called a temporary halt to the season. “why did we wait until Friday? why did it take Mikel Arteta to get ill for the game in England to do the right thing?” Rooney expressed his thoughts.

After the emergency meeting, at last, the right decision was made, until then it almost felt like footballers in England was being treated like guinea pigs.

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The former England captain said, “The rest of the sports – tennis, rugby, golf, football in other countries, was closing down and we were being told to carry on.

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“I have known how I feel. If any of my family get infected through me because I have had to play when it’s not safe, and they get seriously ill, I’d have to think hard about ever playing again. I would never forgive the authorities.”

“I think a lot of footballers were wondering, ‘Is it something to do with money beings involved in this?” Once the virus is under control, Rooney wants a radical schedule shake-up which could see the current season being concluded as late as September, and the next two kicking off in winter-time as a result. “We’re happy to play until September if the season extends to then if that’s how it has to be. That’s our job. As long as we know we’re safe to play and it’s a safe environment for spectators, we’ll play.”Rooney said.

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“The next World Cup is in November and December 2022, so you could actually use this situation as an opportunity and say we’re going to finish the 2019-20 season later this year, then prepare for 2022 by having the next two season starting in winter”.

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