Paul Robinson insisted players are “within their right” to refuse to play if safety cannot be “100% guaranteed” as Liverpool sweat on the fate of ‘Project Restart’.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international admitted if he was still playing he would not return to the pitch without assurances from the Premier League.
According to BBC Sport, a number of Premier League club doctors are concerned over the current plans to resume the season as early as 8 June.
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero revealed players are fearful of a return to action whilst COVID-19 is still prevalent in the UK.
Whilst former Watford and Bolton striker Marvin Sordell insisted players cannot be forced to return to action.
When asked by Football Insider if Liverpool players were within their rights to refuse to play upon a restart in June, Robinson said: “Absolutely. If a players’ health and well being cannot be 100% guaranteed then I think players are well within their right to say they do not want to play.
“However, that should not be a decision for players to make, that decision should be taken out of their hands.
“Until it can be 100% guaranteed that players are safe playing again they should not start.
“Sergio Aguero has said it but a lot of players will be thinking that.
“I would be if I was still playing, I would not want to get back on the pitch until the governing bodies could assure me it was 100% safe to do so.”
The Premier League proposed, following a meeting on Friday, that 8-10 neutral stadiums could be used to complete the remaining fixtures.
However, West Ham and Brighton have objected to the suggestion, claiming it would undermine the integrity of the competition.
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