Danny Rose: Prem players treated like lab rats over top-flight return

Date published: Tuesday 19th May 2020 4:13

Danny Rose believes Premier League players are being treated as “lab rats” as they gear up for a return during the coronavirus pandemic.

The defender, on loan at Newcastle from Tottenham, has already been a vocal critic of the plan to resume the top flight.

Clubs are due to resume training on Tuesday and Wednesday for socially-distanced sessions but Rose remains sceptical.

“I’m dying to get back to football but just with the things that are happening right now, people are going through this coronavirus pandemic a lot worse than me, I don’t want to be complaining about everything,” the England international told The Lockdown Tactics podcast with Robert Snodgrass and Kris Boyd.

“Just off the fact that people are suggesting we should go back to football, like we’re guinea pigs or lab rats.

“We’ve going to experiment this phase and see if it works or not. I can just imagine people at home saying, ‘Well they earn that amount of money so they should be going back’.”

Rose’s latest comments are his second attack on talk of the potential return of the Premier League in the coming weeks.

The full-back branded foreign secretary Dominic Raab’s claim that elite football’s return would boost the country’s morale as “b******t”.

He added: “I don’t give a f*** about the nation’s morale, bro, people’s lives are at risk.

“Football shouldn’t even be spoke about coming back until the numbers [infected or dying] have dropped massively.”


Watford captain Troy Deeney has also voiced his opposition to the Premier League’s plans, insisting that there were “unanswered questions” about the risk posed to black, Asian and mixed-ethnicity communities by coronavirus.

Studies from the Office of National Statistics have shown that people from black backgrounds are shown to be four times more likely to die from COVID-19.

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