“What are they going to do, take money off me?” – outspoken footballer Troy Deeney slams the Premier League‘s Project Restart plans.
The Watford skipper was part of a conference call this week with the PFA, Premier League chiefs, club captains and the government on safety measures surrounding it.
He is understood to have been quite a vocal presence at the Wednesday meeting, raising concerns over a lack of information and wanting further reassurances.
Britain’s Culture and Sport secretary Oliver Dowden said the government was “opening the door” for football to return next month, but Deeney insists he won’t put family at risk even if it means going broke.
Deeney said on Instagram: “I’m not even talking about football at the moment – I’m talking about my family’s health.
“If I feel that I’m not looking after my family, then I’m not going to do it. I’m 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.
“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.
“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.”
Speaking to Simon Hosannah on Instagram last night, he said: “Nothing more is in place for black people within any of the structures they are talking about.
“So when you ask that question and nobody can answer that question, why are you going to keep taking the risk?
“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.”
Deeney has no problem playing behind closed doors but has warned about the issue of about the season restarting and then stopping again.
He said: “When you don’t have fans it’s like old school reserve games — but it’s not a problem for me.
“But what happens if a second wave of pandemic comes.
“Let’s say Villa won two games and us and West Ham dropped into the relegation zone.
“Do you stop the season and base it on that? It doesn’t make any sense.
“Liverpool should win it because they’ve been the best team. But we’re not talking football now, we’re talking safety.”
Fans reacted after Troy Deeney slams Project Restart plans…
Absolutely right. Spit and sweat would be contagious and no way of controlling it. Sweat on the ball before and after you head it. Crazy
— Lord Elpus (@Rekcurt1) May 14, 2020
Those who say that hes just saying it to avoid relegation are so deluded. These are such good points and this is not about our survival this is about saving peoples lives.. well said troy
— Jack Norman (@JackNor75277016) May 15, 2020
See Troy does such a better job at explaining himself then Danny Rose who just comes across like an idiot. All valid points from Troy as always and has taken a pay cut also while not playing
— steve (@onlyonesteved) May 15, 2020
So sky can have their wankfest about Liverpool
— the great gareth #nhsstaffmember (@gareth73800214) May 14, 2020
He has a choice whether or not to play too.
— Greg* (@GregThompson7) May 14, 2020
Be like Troy
Troy talks sense
Troy may be past his best
But Troy has a point
— Julie (@JulieHob1878) May 14, 2020
I’m with @T_Deeney he has kids and especially a new born child recently who won’t have the built up immune system compared to other children or adults! Totally within his rights!
— Paul-e (@Paul_e_shank) May 14, 2020
I don’t like Troy Deeney as a player, but FairPlay to him with getting his priorities right. Your family and health comes before everything including wealth and it’s far too early for football right now. ⚒ #goodcall pic.twitter.com/KN9c7H1yJT
— ⚒ Slaphead ⚒ (@Slapheadwhufc) May 15, 2020