English Premiership

Brighton's Murray labels Premier League masks 'farcical'

2020-04-30 19:25
Glenn Murray
Glenn Murray (Getty Images)

Brighton striker Glenn Murray has described as "farcical" a proposal that Premier League players should wear face masks to combat the coronavirus when they return to training.

Premier League chiefs hope to restart the season in June and teams are reportedly expecting full training to resume in mid-May.

Several clubs, including Brighton, have opened their training facilities to players this week for individual sessions that follow social-distancing guidelines.

But players will need to come into closer contact with each other once they are preparing for matches and reports this week said the Premier League could ask them to wear protective masks during practice sessions.

"We have got to look at the Premier League as the global brand it is and the reason it is that big is because of the quality of the players that are in it," Murray said.

"To be hindering ourselves with face masks is going to be off-putting, it is not going to be natural, people will be ripping them off in games. It is quite farcical."

Murray is frustrated by the rush to return to action at a time when the French and Dutch campaigns have been abandoned.

While he would like to finish the Premier League season, the 36-year-old has concerns about doing it too soon.

"There will be ambulances at training and games. Is it fair to take those from the NHS (National Health Service)? I don't know," he said.

Murray is also unhappy that players could be put at risk.

"We are not talking about guys in one community, we are talking about guys from all over the world who could be possibly carrying the disease," he said. "There are so many caveats."

The possibility of playing the remaining games at neutral venues is likely to be presented to Premier League clubs at a meeting on Friday, but Murray does not agree with the idea.

"I am hoping that it doesn't come to that scenario," he said. "That is far-fetched, to spend eight weeks away from your family is quite a big ask."

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.