'Lives at risk' - Exclusive: Robinson hits out after unexpected Wolves decision
Paul Robinson claimed it should be a “no brainer” to postpone Wolves against Olympiacos after the outbreak of coronavirus across Europe.
The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted football “should not take priority” in light of the events unfolding around the world.
Nuno Espirito Santo urged UEFA to postpone their Europa League first leg against Olympiacos after it was announced the fixture was to be played behind closed doors.
"We want to compete in a normal environment with a tough crowd that Olympiacos has, this is the way we love to compete, but it’s up to us to focus and compete well in the game."
— Wolves (@Wolves) March 12, 2020
The Greek side’s owner, Evangelos Marinakis, has tested positive for the coronavirus but despite the news, the game will go ahead on Thursday night.
When asked whether he agreed with Nuno’s request for the Europa League last 16 match to be postponed, Robinson told Football Insider: “Football should not take priority with everything that is going on in the world.
“You are playing behind closed doors just to continue competition when potential lives are at risk. Football is not a life or death matter, it is a game of football that can be postponed or played at a later date.
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“The threat and the fear of travel and the spread of the virus… People need to get their heads together rearrange fixtures, set the season back and knock the Euros back – cancel that.
“If you save one life by cancelling the football season it is a no-brainer. It should be done. There is no reason you should be putting players, fans, anybody at any kind of risk.”
Marinakis, also the owner of Nottingham Forest, met with several Arsenal players when Olympiacos played the Gunners in the previous round.
Those who came into contact have been in self-isolation but the club insists nobody has shown signs they have COVID-19.
In other Wolves news, Michael Brown has told Football Insider he fears Molineux star is set for lengthy lay-off.