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Premier League: Football resumption is ‘money vs. health fight’, says former club doctor

The decision was met with outrage from fans around the world, but many have feelings of frustration.

The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK now stands at 37,999, but the actual death toll is thought to be much higher.

Just before confirming the resumption of the Premier League season, Patrick Valens, the UK government’s chief scientific adviser, said in a daily coronavirus briefing that the number of new cases per day is around eight thousand.

“It’s no small number,” Valence said.

Several high-profile players, including Troy Denny, Sergio Aguero and Angolo Kante, have expressed fears of getting back into action even when there is still so much uncertainty and unknown about the virus.

Dr. Ralph RogersThe man, who has worked in the Premier League, told CNN Sport that these players have reasons to be concerned.

“As a player I can imagine, I’ll be very careful about coming back,” Dr. Rogers said. “Especially because there’s a lot about this coronavirus [we don’t know] And people are dying. I fully understand.

“All we know about this virus is that we have to distance ourselves socially. You can’t even go to the waitress. [supermarket] Six feet apart, so if they don’t change the rules of football, it could be a little premature, ”added Dr Rogers.

“The virus is arbitrary, it will attack anyone.”

Despite the rapidly rising death toll – New data shows that the UK has the second highest death rate per million in the world – The Premier League, given the green light in official guidelines, is moving forward with plans to temporarily resume next month.

The return of the League, however, coincides with the gradual reopening of the rest of the UK economy; Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier this week that all non-essential stores would be reopened from mid-June.

Dr. Rogers says this is a phenomenon of “money vs. health” – and at the moment, it appears that money is winning.

“It’s bigger than just football,” Dr. Rogers says. “We’ve been able to follow the virus. It’s that the virus will tell us what to do in our society and unless they change the rules in football, don’t handle it, don’t play ball together … it’s a communication sport and people do it. Get very close to each other.

“So there’s a big chance, a big chance, that this virus is spreading in football, and if it’s not the amount of money in football, I don’t know if we’re going to have this conversation, which I think, really this whole thing is an underlying problem.

“We all want football because it’s very attractive to society. It’s great. It’s a small level of how we live. It’s entertainment. But what does it cost?”

The Premier League was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNN.

Just a week ago, Danny estimated that “65% to 75%” of players were concerned about advancing communication training and that the number of those who don’t think they will start this season is “even higher”.

The Watford captain publicly opposed returning to the first round of training, A decision he objected to – “I hope your son got the coronavirus,” one told him – but he would go back to the second stage.

Danny said improved communication with the Premier League has been the cause, but there is also an element of resignation that has prevented players from resuming the league.

“I really think a lot of players have clearly come to the conclusion that this is happening,” he told CNN. ‘There [a sense of]: ‘We can’t stop it.’

“In the end, everyone knows it’s happening, the season is coming to an end and you control the controllers, that’s what we had to do.”

Fear for beam players

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released in early May show that black people in England and Wales outnumber black people. The chances of dying are four times higher From coronavirus than white people.

Even when removing socio-economic factors, statistics show that they still nearly doubled the number of deaths from Covid-19. Reasons for being vague.

When it was first announced that Premier League clubs would return to training, Danny was one of the many black, Asian and Minority (BAMA) players who expressed concern about the figures, leading the professional footballers’ association (PFA) to ask for more research into the statistics. To the Premier League.

In a recent briefing, Premier League chief medical adviser Dr Mark Gillett said: “It’s fair to hear that risks are increasing in BAMA groups.”

“The risk for young fit athletes is still very, very small and I think that’s an important issue. I’m back to the fact that we’re trying to create the safest possible environment for these people.

“I’m glad we’ve mitigated the risks that we understand at the moment and then when more information is clearly available we’ll do our best to fight it. We’ll definitely put it in front of us in real time to get more information.”

Danny is appreciative of how the Premier League has handled his concerns since the first publication of his statement.

The Watford captain says he has now had “four or five” meetings with the league and is also talking to Professor Jonathan Van-Tom, the UK government’s deputy chief medical officer, who has allayed some of his fears.

Danny says he is aware that a professional footballer, even one with a BAMEA background, has a very low risk of developing serious health problems due to Covid-19.

However, it is the risk of giving it to the most anxious friends and family; Danny has a five-month-old son who was born prematurely and has difficulty breathing.

“I don’t need it when I talk about black players, it only happens if we go to mom, dad’s house.” “We have a player on our team who lives with both his parents and his grandparents and [minority] Ethnic.

“So not only is he at risk, but he must have put people back in the country who are definitely at higher risk. [in danger]. “

Speaking at length with the Premier League and Van-Tam, Denny said some of the increased health effects of Covid-19 are due to cultural attitudes toward illness.

“Blacks don’t go to the doctor much,” he explained. “We will wait until the last moment, our symptoms are found but we don’t necessarily go directly to the doctors, we will try and wait a bit for it.

“Economically too, depending on where you come from and what region you live in, it can hit everyone but in the end they will tell footballers that we are not coming into these categories.

“But it’s a big picture of our family and it’s more important than the few pound notes in my back pocket.”

Coronavirus costs

The epidemic could cost as much as 298 billion in the UK [$368B] For the current financial year, According to the office for budget responsibilities.

Despite multi-million dollar salaries, transfer fees and billions of dollars in broadcast contracts, the football industry has felt the financial impact of the coronavirus intensely.

A. A. Stakeholder meeting earlier this monthTop flight clubs across Europe estimate they could lose up to £ 6.2 billion [$7.7B] If the current season cannot be completed.

Dr Rogers said he has spoken privately with fellow medical professionals and most agree on why football is desperately trying to restart the current campaign.

“The same thing that I’m saying, it’s all about money,” he says. “I don’t want to keep it that bright, but people want to expose this thing, you know, it’s a business. My colleagues, the guys I know in sports medicine, they basically have to take care of our players’ health.

“The things I do are emergency care and I was going to work in the first week. I can feel scared. I’m not afraid to say I’m scared. I can’t say I’m less scared but I’m trying to get it right now behind my back. To keep up and just keep doing my job but it is serious

“It’s a deadly virus and people who are not treated are definitely scared. This is football, this is a game. I understand it’s a business, but at the end of the day, it’s a game and there are more important things than football – I hate to say that. Although I’m a football fan, people are dying here. “

An independent study Ernst & Young published last year The Premier League and its clubs have revealed contributions of 3.3 billion [$4B] In taxes and added. 7.6 [$9.3B] Billions of dollars in the UK’s gross domestic product in the 2011/17 season alone.

About 100,000 are supported by the UK Jobs League and almost all of them have felt the economic impact of the epidemic but it is not the high-paid players or coaches who have suffered the most.

“Think about the boys’ stands that have been cleaned up, think about selling people dogs, why football is so important in this economy, and you’re starting to see how important it is, ”Rogers says.

“It’s a business so they want to launch it again but again I fully understand the players’ concerns. For close communication people will have a chance to rub against each other and people will have a chance to get into this virus.”

Despite continued concerns about player safety, the Premier League will return on 17 June – and a glimpse into Germany’s Bundesliga, which is now claimed in the third round after his return, will raise hopes that it will be managed safely.

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