To get news directly on the go, download the Real Chelsea Fans App
The football season in most parts of Europe has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic that has now affected most parts of the world.
Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney doesn’t see a quick way out of this and believes that the season could take longer than expected before its conclusion.
The Premier League has set a resumption date for April 30, but Rooney doesn’t think it will be the case and also kicked out the idea of playing football behind closed doors, as it will also be a gathering of people and would mean that a medical team and police will be on ground, when they are needed for more important duties.
Writing in his weekly column in The Times, Rooney stressed: “It wouldn’t surprise me if finishing the season takes until the end of 2020. Football, like every other industry, is in unknown territory and, just like every other industry, has to listen to the advice and take all necessary precautions. For me, that rules out finishing the season behind closed doors.
“When you play behind closed doors it still means bringing together a fairly large group of people. You need ambulances, doctors, paramedics. They’re mandatory. Police may be needed too. Why bring them all to a football match when in this crisis they will be needed elsewhere for things that are far more important?
“I wouldn’t be comfortable playing a game knowing there were people dying or very sick because of coronavirus and we’re taking those workers away from the front line.”