'Won't read four lines' - Exclusive: Mills digs at Villa star as Sky reveal 40-page document
Danny Mills suggested players such as Aston Villa star Jack Grealish will “not read four lines” of the Premier League’s 40-page document on training protocol.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed some players will struggle to grasp the guidelines having failed to follow the government’s lockdown measures.
Sky Sports revealed the details of 40-page document issued to each player detailing training protocols.
Players have been advised to travel to training alone, park and will only be allowed to train in a group of five for a maximum of 75 minutes.
Players have also been encouraged to wear masks or snoods as part of the extensive document set out to minimise the risk of infection.
Mills supported the introduction of the protocol to maximise health and safety but feared the guidelines were “unrealistic”.
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“You would like to think the players were consulted and that the PFA had a big say in all of this,” he told Football Insider.
“Health and safety is first and foremost but if everything has been done to make it as safe as possible but I do not think we are there yet.
“We need those guidelines in place but when you look at the protocols saying you cannot tackle, cannot do this or that – it is not going to happen. It is completely unrealistic.
“You can put a 40-page document in front of players but bearing in mind most players will not read four lines of that – it is pointless.
“Players like [Grealish] cannot even grasp staying home. 40 pages might be a bit much for some.”
Jack Grealish fined by Aston Villa for flouting the government’s social distancing guidelines to attend a party at Ross McCormack’s house last month.
Everton’s Moise Kean and Manchester City’s Kyle Walker were also seen ignoring the government’s advice amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In other Aston Villa news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider the “worst” possible outcome from a June restart.