UK government say restarting Premier League will lift the nation’s spirits. 73% of Britons disagree

UK government: Restarting Premier League will lift the nation’s spirits

The UK government has been accused of politicising the Premier League and it’s footballers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the early days of the crisis, health secretary Matt Hancock told footballers to take a wage cut:

Given the sacrifices that many people are making, including some of my colleagues in the NHS who have made the ultimate sacrifice of going into work and have caught the disease and have sadly died, I think the first thing that Premier League footballers can do is make a contribution, take a pay cut and play their part.

More recently, on May 6, Dominic Raab, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, chimed in on when the Premier League should restart.

Raab admitted that the government were backing a June restart for football, saying it would lift the spirits of the nation.


YouGov poll: 73% of Britons disagree

YouGov have ran a poll among 2,098 Britons to see whether Dominic Raab’s statement rang true.

According to 73% of the public, resuming football will not boost their morale during the Covid-19 crisis.

Only 19% said that the restart of football would boost their morale, while 9% said they didn’t know.


Footballers have started to speak out

In recent days, a small group of English Premier League footballers have begun voicing their concerns about returning to action.

Behind the scenes, the Daily Mail claim that footballers are about to tell their clubs that they won’t return to training because of their Covid-19 fears:

Sportsmail understands players have already privately expressed to their managers that they have major reservations about returning to work next week.

Publicly, however, only a handful of players have revealed their thoughts on returning to work.

On Sunday, after Brighton confirmed that they’ve recorded another positive Covid-19 result, Norwich’s Todd Cantwell reacted on social media, writing: “We are just people too [shrug emoji]”.

On Monday night, while appearing on an Instagram live video, Tottenham defender Danny Rose, currently on loan at Newcastle, said:

The Government’s saying bring back football to boost the morale of the nation.

I don’t give a f— about the nation’s morale. People’s lives are at risk. Football shouldn’t be spoken about till numbers have dropped massively. It’s b——–.

Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings is another player who has raised concerns about plans to restart the Premier League.


Also see: Best Netflix, Amazon & YouTube football documentaries & movies to watch during coronavirus isolation

9 best football documentaries to watch on ESPN+ during COVID-19 quarantine

This article was edited by Ben Green.


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