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Derby’s Wayne Rooney makes furious coronavirus threat

Derby‘s Wayne Rooney makes furious coronavirus threat towards the government and the football authorities in his column for The Times.

The former England international and Premier League player has accused the authorities of treating footballers like “guinea pigs” and says he would “never forgive” them if his family were to be ill as a result.

He claimed if it came to that, he would seriously consider whether to play again, whilst also proposing a radical schedule shake-up, which could see the current season being concluded as late as September, and the next two kicking off in winter-time.

It was on Thursday that the government allowed sporting events to continue, however, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta revealed he tested positive, which led to the Premier League and EFL suspending the league on Friday until Saturday the 4th of April.

Just like Gary Neville, Rooney weren’t happy at how long it took to halt the season.

He wrote in his column: “Why did we wait until Friday? Why did it take Mikel Arteta to get ill for the game in England to do the right thing?

“For players, staff and their families it has been a worrying week – one in which you felt a lack of leadership from the government and from the FA and Premier League.

“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.

“I know how I feel. If any of my family get infected through me because I’ve had to play when it’s not safe, and they get seriously ill, I’d have to think hard about ever playing again. I would never forgive the authorities.

“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?’

“We’re happy to play until September if the season extends to then, if that’s how it has to be. That’s our job. As long as we know we’re safe to play and it’s a safe environment for spectators, we’ll play.

“The next World Cup is in November and December 2022, so you could actually use this situation as an opportunity and say we’re going to finish the 2019-20 season later this year, then prepare for 2022 by having the next two seasons starting in winter.”

The 34 year old is over two months into his time as a player-coach at Championship club Derby, who are currently five points off a playoff place with nine games of the season remaining.

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