Leeds United fans have found it ironic that former defender Rio Ferdinand has been tasked with convincing players that they are safe to play once football returns.
According to iNews, Ferdinand has bagged himself a leadership role in the company that are providing Premier League players with testing for coronavirus as preparations for Project Restart are ramped up.
A number of players have come out to express concerns about playing again, even in closed stadiums, due to COVID-19 and the number of deaths it is still causing each day in the UK. Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and ex-Leeds defender Danny Rose have been among them.
But it is understood that former Leeds and Manchester United man Ferdinand is now responsible for assuring players that they will be safe enough to play in the controlled conditions that were seen in Germany at the weekend.
Leeds fans have taken to Twitter to react to the news and many of them find it ironic how Ferdinand has been chosen to play a role in coronavirus testing for players.
Back in December 2003, Ferdinand was hit with an eight-month ban for missing a drugs test, a year and a half after he left Elland Road.
It is no wonder that these Leeds fans have found this bit of news amusing.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Ironic when he never turned up for his own test 🤣🤣🤔
— Mark ⚽️🎸💛💙 (@Slaven167) May 18, 2020
Oh the irony 😂😂😂😂😂 he's available for THIS test !!!
— Dave Duracell (@DaveDuracell) May 18, 2020
You couldn’t make it up!
— Paul Walker (@PaulWal56567799) May 18, 2020
Surely this is a joke Tesing and duck face 😂😂
— Dean Lloyd (@DeanLlo07690900) May 18, 2020
What? The man who missed drug tests and is, as far as I know, the only player to injure himself while sat watching the TV.
— George____ (@george28265) May 18, 2020
Please tell me this is a joke 🤷♂️ he couldn't even turn up for his own drugs test! https://t.co/mwizddi04w
— LUFC&FRRLFC (@LeedsNFev) May 18, 2020
Good to see somebody with a good testing record get involved with something like this! https://t.co/5aBEs9qJzc
— -JAM- (@Jamarakatakaflu) May 18, 2020
The Premier League, FA and EFL need to speak a lot more to the players about Project Restart if they feel as though Ferdinand needs to come in and convince them it’s safe to play.
If they do not feel safe, that needs to be taken way more seriously than just sending out a former player to speak to them.
In other Leeds United news, Victor Orta has basically rubbished Leeds’ links with this player.