Danny Mills claimed a June restart could bring “immense” legal ramifications after ex-Liverpool midfielder David Thompson expressed his concerns over player safety.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Manchester City full-back was ‘astounded’ that the Premier League was willing to take “that sort of risk” amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
Thompson, who made 56 appearances for the Reds, admitted he would refuse to play unless he was given certain “medical assurances” over the COVID-19 virus.
If I was a footballer now asked to finish the season by my club and premier league..without the right/ clear medical reassurances that getting COVID-19 will not damage my respiratory system going forward then I would not step foot on a football pitch unil that point I’m afraid🤷🏻♂️
— David Thompson (@77thomo) April 30, 2020
Football Insider understands the Premier League is making preparations for a return to action as early as June 6 as ‘Project Restart’ takes shape.
However, COVID-19, which has claimed 26,771 lives in the UK as of 5PM on April 30, is almost certain to be prevalent long beyond June.
When asked by Football Insider if players should be within their right to refuse to play, Mills said: “The club will say that it is safe for you can come back and safe to play.
“But if a player contracts COVID-19 and he dies, or he passes it on to a family member and they die the legal ramifications are immense.
“Surely they cannot be prepared to take that sort of risk.
“Who is accountable and who is making the decision? One person will have to say it is safe to go back. I just find that astounding.”
According to Sky Sports, clubs have been buying Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) with suggestions players will be advised to train in masks.
The governing bodies have until May 25 to present their proposal to UEFA for the completion of the 2019/20 season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were 25 points clear of title rivals Manchester City before all fixtures were “suspended indefinitely” in March.