Lampard reveals his concerns and displeasure as the Premier League is about to resume

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The English FA is making plans to resume the resume the Premier League in June and wrap up the league by July, but it will come at a cost.

The Premier League will try to follow the UK government safety rules regarding the coronavirus in order to keep players and staff safe, and the game will be played behind closed doors.

Lampard said on BT Sport’s Early Kick-Off show today, that why he’d want the league to resume, it shouldn’t be at the expense of the safety of the players and he also doesn’t believe that that the players and staff should get more testing and attention than people who are putting their lives on the line to bring an end to the spread of the pandemic.

He said: “I’m very aware of the nation’s desire to get football back on because of what it means, the escapism and the fact we love our football, but I’m also aware of the many obstacles that we have to overcome.

“We’re all desperate to watch football, to play football and train again. However, we cannot risk the health of players and staff who are working in football and we have to respect the amazing work that the NHS and care workers have been doing.”

He went on: “What I would say is the idea of the health and safety of players and staff is huge. At the moment, the country has practised social distancing so well but the fact we play this contact sport, how are we going to not put the players at risk in terms of the next few weeks if we can get to a stage where that can happen?

“The other issue is when we talk about the testing we’ll have to be doing. We have probably about 70 or 80 staff at Cobham minimum if we’re going to restart training and we’re going to have test regularly.

“When we’re looking around the world, I don’t know the testing numbers for NHS and care workers and people that are doing these incredible jobs over the last two months or so. I don’t think it would sit well, not just with me but with anybody, if we didn’t make sure that people getting tested are in that frontline. I think that’s important for football to take its place.

“After that, we probably have the football integrity issues such as neutral venues and out-of-contract players, of which we have a couple of major ones, so there are many conversations and I think that’s very clear to see at the minute.”

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