Football fitness coach tells Premier League players to kick against resumption of the Premier League

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The Premier League has been suspended since March 9 due to the coronavirus outbreak as the pandemic has wrecked havoc in many countries around the world and also many activities across the globe.

While football remains suspended indefinitely, there are claims that the Premier League do not want to void the season and have put plans in place for football to resume at most in June, even if it means playing behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, football fitness guru Raymond Verheijen has called on players to not return to play until it is absolutely safe for everyone.

Speaking to the Mirror about the best course of action amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dutchman said: “The season must be cancelled to protect the players. I have spoken to players about the coronavirus situation and they are worried about being told to play before the crisis is over.

“They are scared about becoming infected by a team-mate or an opponent. So that’s the first thing the football authorities need to address. And the second issue that needs to be raised is the possibility of players suffering career-threatening injuries.

“Everyone understands that there is huge financial pressure on the game and we all want to see football resumed as quickly as possible – but only when the crisis is over and the reality is that it won’t be possible to finish the current season by the end of the summer.

“Most players don’t have the influence to say, ‘I am not playing until I know it’s safe’. Only the players’ unions have that kind of power. It would be a powerful message if the stars of the Premier League joined big names like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to say, ‘None of us will play until the game is safe’.”

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