Steve Bruce insists it’s ‘morally wrong’ to keep playing amid COVID-19 peak
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has revealed his frustration with the Premier League pursuit as COVID-19 cases continue to mount in the country.
Bruce’s side were the first Premier League team to see a game postponed due to the virus this season, testing positive like Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin, but the number of cases has only increased since then and England has reverted to a nationwide lockdown in an attempt to tackle the virus.
The Premier League is determined to avoid any further delay, with next summer’s European Championship meaning there is no time in which the current season can extend, but Bruce has warned officials of the league that those involved in the teams put their lives on the line by continuing.
“I see other clubs struggling with this now and of course there are Premier League protocols in place but once you leave the training ground you are in the outside world,” Bruce told Sky Sports News. “The speed at which this has torn us apart is something all football clubs will look into as it is difficult to contain and stop.
“We saw firsthand how it affects people – we had two players who were very, very sick and a staff or two, one in particular almost hospitalized. And no one foresaw that this new wave would be as powerful as it was.
“Financially it’s good to play, but for me – morally it’s bad. I understand that people want to play a football game, but we are as vulnerable as everyone. ”
Footballers have found themselves in the headlines for the wrong reasons in recent weeks, with a handful of Premier League stars caught breaking the rules over the Christmas season, and players have all been warned to take more into account their actions in the current climate. .
While Bruce agreed with this post, he questioned the logic of barring players from seeing their friends and family while still allowing them to be in close contact with different players from up and down the country. .
“Let’s be honest, when we’re in football, we socialize,” added Bruce. “We may be taking all the protocols the right way and doing everything we can, but how do we stop Manchester City from celebrating like they did the other night?
“They were all together, partying, sweating, exhaling badly. If you stop that, you stop all enjoyment of the sport.
“We are all in pain, but we are the luckiest in providing entertainment that people can listen to and watch.
“There will come a point where we will have to make a decision – hopefully there will be no more outbreaks in the coming weeks.”
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