Premier League players are not in favour of starting the season up again behind closed doors, according to a report.

Players of Arsenal and West Ham United give each other a fist bump instead of a handshake prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Players of Arsenal and West Ham United give each other a fist bump instead of a handshake. Photo prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Mirror write that players from the Premier League and below don’t want games to start up again behind closed doors. As things stand, this is the current plan for when football returns on April 30th, but the players aren’t happy about it.

For a start, players don’t like the fact they have to put their own safety at risk and go against the government advice. They fear for the safety of their families if they become infected playing matches.

They also don’t like the idea of all the extra emergency services being reserved for them rather than people who really need them. Finally, they simply don’t want to play in empty stadiums without their supporters.

These are all valid concerns. If the rest of the country doesn’t go back to work on April 30th, why should the players? Are a few football matches really important enough to waste valuable medical and security staff?

In on-field terms, Arsenal having to play against Liverpool without the fans is a huge disadvantage. Spurs are likely to be just as upset about potentially playing their first men’s North London derby at their new stadium without supporters.

If we can’t finish the season in fair and safe conditions, we shouldn’t finish it at all.

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