Premier League clubs scared 50 players could revolt and put stop to Project Restart plans

Premier League clubs scared 50 players could revolt and put stop to Project Restart plans

Players may be asked to sign separate agreements with their clubs agreeing to the protocols amid insurance concerns and worries players won’t be covered if they get the virus or pass it on to loved ones.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the latest Premier League coach on Friday to declare that he will not force his players to take to the pitch.

“You wouldn’t hold anything against them [if players refused to play] cause you need to get to know everyone,” he told Sky Sports.

“And that’s throughout the season anyway, if a player’s mentally not ready to play I don’t think we could force anyone.

“I think they’ve not raised too many concerns but of course we trust the experts and the health officers and who knows if and when this is safe to start again.”

But Burnley captain Ben Mee is confident players will be able to cope with playing away from their home stadiums and also living in quarantine.

He said: “It’s not ideal, but these times, they call for different measures. We can get over that fact.

“I think as players we can play football and it still works on the park or if it’s an unfamiliar stadium.

Published at Fri, 08 May 2020 23:00:00 +0000