Paul Robinson has blasted suggestions the Premier League can resume while the coronavirus is still active in the UK as eight West Ham players show symptoms of COVID-19.
The former Tottenham and Leeds United keeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the UK governing bodies “cannot afford to restart and stop” or he fears the season will be voided.
Vice-chairman Karren Brady revealed in her column that eight of the Hammers’s first-team squad are showing mild symptoms of the virus and are subsequently self-isolating.
According to the Independent, the Premier League is considering hosting the remaining 92 fixtures behind-closed-doors in “World Cup-style” camps over the summer months when testing is expected to be rigorous and widespread.
Robinson disapproved of such a concept and stressed the importance of their being zero-risk of players contracting the virus again before play was resumed.
“If any players at any clubs have the virus you cannot play football,” he told Football Insider.
“It is not a level playing field. Yes, injuries are part of the game but this is a world pandemic that has never been seen before on a scale like this.
“Unfortunately, for football fans, nothing can go ahead if there is any uncertainty or doubt that any player has got it or carrying it. Absolutely not. This is not going away quickly and people have to wait.
“One thing they will be very paranoid about and something that will be discussed in the meetings – they cannot afford to restart and stop again. It needs to be clear that it is gone. If there was a relapse I fear that would be it. That would be done.”
Brady was recently criticised for her suggestion the season should be null and void due to the outbreak of coronavirus, with The Irons only two points above the relegation zone in 16th.
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