Danny Rose has doubled down on his criticism of the Premier League and its plans to restart the season, claiming players are being treated like ‘lab rats’ as they prepare to play through the coronavirus crisis.
Top-flight teams have been returning to training after the green light was given for the campaign to resume in June, but the likes of Tammy Abraham, Troy Deeney and Rose have all voiced concerns regarding the ambitious ‘Project Restart’.
And there are bound to be further questions after the Premier League confirmed that six positive COVID-19 cases were discovered in 748 players and staff tested this week.
Burnley have revealed that their assistant manager, Ian Woan, was one of those who tested positive, while one players and two staff members at Watford returned positive tests.
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Tottenham left-back Rose, currently on loan at Newcastle United, has made no secret of his concerns about the season restarting and admitted last week that he doesn’t ‘give a f**k’ about boosting the nation’s morale during the pandemic.
Speaking to The Lockdown Tactics podcast on Tuesday, the England international said: ‘I’m dying to get back to football but just with the things that are happening right now, people are going through this coronavirus pandemic a lot worse than me, I don’t want to be complaining about everything.
‘Just off the fact that people are suggesting we should go back to football, like we’re guinea pigs or lab rats.
‘We’re going to experiment this phase and see if it works or not.
‘I can just imagine people at home saying, “Well they earn that amount of money so they should be going back”.
‘For stuff like that I think is it worth the hassle? I could be potentially risking my health for people’s entertainment and that’s not something I want to be involved in if I’m honest.’
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce urged Rose to ‘word things a bit better’ after the defender hit the headlines with his previous comments about Project Restart.
‘I didn’t think too much to it,’ Rose added.
‘I was having my breakfast the next day and then I saw Steve Bruce coming up on my phone. So I was like, “Oh no!”.
‘I let it ring for about 30 seconds and then I thought I’d better answer this. So I went in another room and I spoke to him and he said I just need to word things a bit better if I’m going to do things like that.
‘He explained the measures that they’re going to do to make things safe.
‘Obviously I’ve seen the headlines and we, as footballers and people in the public, we have a platform
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