‘What are they going to do, take money off me? I’ve been broke before so it doesn’t bother me’: Watford captain Troy Deeney BLASTS Project Restart plans as he insists he won’t put football above the health of his family
- Troy Deeney has insisted he will not put football above the health of his family
- He would rather be broke than return to football during unprecedented times
- Deeney believes getting tests for NHS staff and care workers is more important
- He thinks they are pushing to football to return to claim the £4billion in tax
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Watford captain Troy Deeney has hit out at Project Restart’s plans to get the season back underway as he insists he will not put football above the health of his family.
The 31-year-old has registered his opposition to the league’s return amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has now claimed more than 33,000 lives in the UK, by saying he would rather be broke than return to football during these unprecedented times.
Deeney was among the Premier League captains who discussed player welfare with the PFA, league bosses and Government officials over Zoom, amid Project Restart talks and he was one of the most vocal alongside West Ham’s Mark Noble.
Troy Deeney insists he would rather go broke than put football above the health of his family
Deeney has said: ‘If I feel that I’m not looking after my family, then I’m not going to do it’
Deeney was one of the many captains involved in the discussions about player welfare
Though the Englishman took little relief from the conference and since said during an Instagram chat: ‘I am not even talking about football at the moment — I am talking about my family’s health, and that is it.
‘If I feel that I’m not looking after my family, then I’m not going to do it. I am not going to put my family at risk.
‘What are they going to do, take money off me? I’ve been broke before so it doesn’t bother me.’
Deeney went on to raise concern over the lack of social distancing footballers would be doing, in comparison to the advice to the rest of the nation.
He added: ‘They’re talking about not playing in front of fans until 2021.
‘So if it’s not safe enough for fans to be inside a stadium why should it be safe for players to be in there?
‘At corners, Watford have 11 men back so you’re talking about having 18 or 19 men in a penalty area. That’s not social distancing.
‘They’re the kind of questions people have been asking but we haven’t had the best answers at the moment.
‘Not because people don’t want to give you the answers, it’s because they can’t give you the answers.
‘The Government say we can go back to work from June 1 but we can’t get a haircut until mid-July.
Deeney believes getting tests for NHS staff and care workers is more important that football
Deeney believes football should be the last consideration in the current climate, as NHS staff, care workers and people on the front line are unable to be tested. Before going on to suggest that the government are only interested in getting footballers back for the financial reward.
‘We’re doing all this testing to get footballers back to work and then the NHS, care workers and the people on the front line don’t have enough tests.
‘How do you justify that?
‘I feel like they want to get us back to work so they can take more tax off you. Premier League players pay nearly £4billion in tax a year.’
Deeney finished by adding that he would like to return to football, but only when the circumstances are appropriate.
‘I am all for going back. But I am not for going back when it is not clear on how the steps are going to be made.’
‘But what happens if a second wave of pandemic comes.’
He thinks official’s are only pushing to football to return to claim the £4billion a year in tax
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