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Premier league club captain refuses to comply with training directive

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Despite the white flag for Premier league football clubs to resume non-contact training, Watford FC captain, Troy Deeney stated that he has no intention of returning to training because he does not want to put his family at risk amid the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

According to the 31 year old forward, he does not want to put his baby, who has had breathing difficulties, “in more danger” and has raised concerns over the increased risk to black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) players.

Deeney further stated his reason in an interview with Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew on Talk the Talk YouTube show. According to him, “It only takes one person to get infected and within the group and I don’t want to be bringing that home.”

“My son is only five months old, he had breathing difficulties, so I don’t want to come home to put him in more danger.”

Watford FC management also stated that the club is not prepared to resume training on the date stipulated by the English Premier League board and it is understood the club does not have an issue with Deeney’s stance.

According to the Office for National Statistics, black men and women in England and Wales are nearly twice more likely to die from coronavirus compared to white people.

Michael Bennett, who serves as the director of player welfare at the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), disclosed that he has been called by players, particularly from the BAME group, who are concerned about the risks.

He however gave the assurance that the health and safety of players is being regarded before any other thing.
Last Wednesday, Deeney was reported to have expressed his fears during a meeting held with the Premier League management alongside other team captains and medical experts.

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