Derby County football club captain Wayne Rooney said he believes footballers in England were treated like ‘guinea pigs’ prior to the FA pressing pause on the season.
This development has come after the spread of the deadly coronavirus has prompted the suspension of matches in various leagues across Europe.
According to 90 Min, the English professional footballer also stated that the Premier League should consider starting in winter for the next two seasons to get the sport back on track.
The former Manchester united star expressed his feelings on the issue stressing that it has hit as hard as any footballer by the FA’s decision to postpone professional football in the country until at least April, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Rooney who also supported the suspension said it was the rigjd decision, but he says the amount of time authorities took over the decision left footballers feeling like ‘guinea pigs’ who were put at needless risk as the rest of sport shut down.
The football star who wrote in The Times said, “When I drove into training on Friday morning with my gear in the back, ready to travel to London, I was thinking, ‘I don’t want to travel, I don’t want to play, I don’t want to put my family at risk or for fans to be at risk.’
“After the emergency meeting, at last the right decision was made — until then it almost felt like footballers in England were being treated like guinea pigs. The rest of sport — tennis, Formula One, rugby, golf, football in other countries — was closing down and we were being told to carry on. I think a lot of footballers were wondering, ‘Is it something to do with money being involved in this?’
On the way out of the suspension, Rooney suggested that everything should be done to finish the season.