By David Woods

2nd Jun, 2020 | 7:34am

'Worse for them than Covid-19' – Ferdinand makes stunning claim about Leeds restart

The war of words from QPR against the Championship restart has been ramped up dramatically by director of football Les Ferdinand. 

In a stunning claim, he said that starting the Championship on June 20 would be worse for players than the Coronavirus.

Talking in the Sun he said, “I am not belittling Coronavirus in any way whatsoever.

“What I am saying is that we are being asked to be ready to go into a season in less than three weeks’ time.

“If that’s so, the injuries are going to pile up when the games get going.

“This could be worse for them than Covid-19 from that specific point of view. It’s a recipe for disaster.”

We’re not quite sure where to start with this.

Feelings are obviously running high but while Ferdinand claims he doesn’t want to belittle Coronavirus, he goes on to do just that.

Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives in the UK. The virus is still at large and there’s no vaccine.

We’re sorry, but some professional football players suffering muscle injuries is not comparable – it’s actually a completely crass thing to say.

Former player Danny Murphy had a simple message for QPR – “Get on with it for God’s sake”.

He claimed three weeks was plenty for footballers to get themselves fit for a restart. And the Leeds United players don’t seem to have a problem.

And there are a couple of points we need to make here.

Firstly, this is something that needs to happen. It’s not an ideal situation, but the Championship has to restart quickly or it won’t get finished. Starting later than June 20 will make it very hard to get all the games and the play-offs finished.

Teams will hopefully be able to make use of five subs and they’ll just have to tweak their tactics.

Secondly, clubs don’t have to get their players fit for a full season. It’s a nine-match mini-league. Plus, they’ve had weeks in lockdown with nothing to do but keep fit. Players’ base fitness should be extremely high. Almost three weeks of contact training –four weeks of training with players in all – should be plenty.

QPR, and Les Ferdinand in particular, need to get a grip here.

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