MOT View: Alan Brazil gets it spot on with argument for players returning to action
Everybody associated with Leeds United wants to see this season finished off more than anything else right now.
The Whites are on the cusp of a long-awaited return to the Premier League, but a number of top flight sides are looking to block promotion from the second tier if the Championship season is brought to an end early, as per The Telegraph.
With that in mind, the most watertight way by which Marcelo Bielsa’s men can assure their fate is by taking it into their own hands and playing their remaining matches.
Which is why Alan Brazil’s comments advocating for professional players to return to action as soon as possible is a positive thing for the Whites.
Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “It’s a very difficult situation.
“It’s a short life for footballers at the highest level, we know all that, but at the end of the day when you talk about comparisons, people have to get up and do their job.
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“People need the money and people think, ‘well, the risk is worth it’. Where footballers have that luxury of saying, ‘I’m not 100% sure yet, I’m trying to protect my family and I don’t want to come back – others don’t!’
“Bus drivers, train drivers, nurses and doctors, they want to protect their families too, but they’re having to go to work.”
And it’s hard to disagree with the Scot on this one.
Why should footballers be treated differently to anybody else just because they occupy a more privileged position in society?
The government has stated that there will be no professional sport played until June 1st at the earliest, a date which Leeds will be happy to go along with, and assuming we get to that point and the relevant authorities are still happy to push ahead with things, there can be no real objection.
The only alternative is for professional football to be shelved until a vaccine is found – and that would be beyond ruinous for the game.
With full testing – again, something that the vast majority of people do not have access to – and careful planning, there is no excuse for not restarting the action.
Football can be among the safest workplaces in the UK, even with full contact, and everyone has to work together to make sure that’s the case.
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