Sports, Gaming activities not given priority in lockdown over COVID-19 spread, as Wayne Rooney complain of players seen as "guinea pigs"

Gremio players protest playing a match a mid Coron

As several countries resort to complete lockdown over COVID-19 fears, players have different views about the spread of the viral flu.

On Sunday, Wayne Rooney took to media, faulting the UK government and football authorities over what he termed as treating footballers as "guinea pigs" during the coronavirus outbreak.

The English Premier League has been suspended until April 4, 2020, adding that the "conditions at the time" will determine its return.

"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," said Rooney.

The former England captain added, "The rest of sport - tennis, Formula 1, 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?'. Why did we wait until Friday? Why did it take Mikel Arteta [Arsenal manager] to get ill for the game in England to do the right thing?”

"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."

At the same time, Gremio football club players (Brazil) took to the field wearing masks on Sunday in protest against playing a football match as fears over coronavirus grow across the world.

Their manager Portaluppi said, "The whole world has stopped - shouldn't Brazilian football stop as well? That's our message and I hope they listen. We hope that good sense will prevail."

Meanwhile, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba set up a fundraising page and pledged financial support to Unicef to help children affected by coronavirus.

The France international says he will double the fund if his goal of £27,000 is reached.

"The impact of a large-scale outbreak, especially on poor and vulnerable children, can be immense," Pogba said.

The 27-year-old added that, “Nonetheless, not everybody is in good health right now. At times like this we need to come together."


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