Exclusive: Paul Robinson fumes at new Karren Brady Twitter claims
Paul Robinson hit out at West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady after her latest comments on dealing with coronavirus and insisted control should be taken out of the Premier League clubs’ hands.
The former Spurs and Leeds United keeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, urged the government to place a blanket ban over all sporting events following the outbreak of the virus.
Brady had called for the season to be declared ‘null and void’ in her newspaper column on Saturday following the spread of COVID-19 with the Premier League only currently suspended until April 4.
My point was safety of fans, players, staff come 1st & if the remaining games just cannot be played the only fair & reasonable thing is to declare season null and void. Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the PL/EFL games have not actually been played in full? 2/2 https://t.co/JTQukQv30Y
— Lady Karren Brady (@karren_brady) March 15, 2020
This invited widespread criticism from supporters and pundits accusing her of self-interest as the Hammers are threatened by relegation.
Brady defended her comments on her personal Twitter account in two new messages on Sunday but Robinson called on the government to issue a blanket ban on sporting events.
When asked for his reaction to the suggestion, Robinson told Football Insider: “They would not be saying the same if they were in the European places or if they were going to qualify for the Champions League.
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“Honestly, it is about people’s lives first and foremost. It is about what is best for people’s health and well-being. Football is secondary. It is a huge part of people’s lives but when you are talking about potential death I do not have an opinion.
“I would like it to be delayed if possible but if it is cancelled then so be it.
“It should have all been dealt with a long time ago. It is up to the government and there should be a blanket ban of all sporting events. I cannot believe the Premier League have done what they have done and they are still playing Super League.”
The Irons are currently in 16th place, only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
Today the Health Minister Matt Hancock claimed it would be ‘a matter of weeks’ before anyone over the age of 70 would have to self-isolate because of coronavirus.
In other West Ham news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider his reaction to “incredible” Karren Brady claim.