God forbid this should happen in the Premier League, club boss says

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The Premier League has been suspended since March 9 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s been two months without action in the league.

Plans are being made for the Premier League to resume in June and be wrapped up by July, but there are still some uncertainties.

Watford manager Nigel Pearson has now voiced his concerns about a possible restart, claiming the competition could be underestimating the virus.

“God forbid we have a fatality,” Pearson told the Times newspaper on Saturday. “People are closing their eyes to the threat.

“Yes, we would like to restart it but it’s got to be safe. We should be cautious. To ignore possibilities is foolhardy. It’s about safeguarding people’s health.”

A meeting between club captains and the Premier League was held last week, and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has revealed that reports from the meeting suggested most footballers want to play and complete the season.

“There are two positive conclusions I took from what I heard about the meeting between the Premier League and the club captains this week,” Carragher wrote in his column in The Telegraph.

“Firstly, the overwhelming majority of players want to play. Secondly, when they do return, there will be no safer working environment in this country than Premier League training grounds.

“That does not mean all the players are reassured about what the next few weeks might bring, but the issue is not whether they want to complete the season. It is how and when they do it. Of serious concern to the players is the sense of urgency to allow football to return when the country is still in lockdown.

“If I was still a professional footballer in this situation, I can state with absolute honesty I would want to play again as soon as I was told it was safe to do so.

“I am heartened that so many players, club owners, executives and governing bodies have openly stated how much they want football back as soon as possible.”

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