The resumption of training in England is debated. On the other side of the Channel, some players have in fact refused to return to the path of training, such as Watford forward Troy Deeney.
“We’re supposed to be back this week. I said I won’t go. My son is 5 months old and he has breathing difficulties. I don’t want to go home and endanger him,” said Tory Deeny yesterday. But the 31-year-old center-forward and other footballers in the same case can count on strong support.
Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, boss of FIFPro (International Federation of Professional Football Associations), supported during a video conference, explaining in particular that “Troy Deenay is a player who has very legitimate concerns and wants to protect his family.” But the strongman of the players union does not stop there.
“The idea that someone could be punished during a pandemic for trying to protect the health of their family is inhuman and unacceptable,” he also said.