Arsenal have been criticised for allowing players to return to the club’s training ground from this week. Members of the Gunners squad will return for light training sessions at their Hertfordshire base. There will be individual running, in line with the Government’s coronavirus regulations of being at least two metres away from people.
However, talkSPORT host Georgie Bingham is confused and upset at why Arsenal have decided to take this step.
She says there is no good enough reason why the players cannot train at home, seeing as though football is not set to return until June at the earliest.
“It made me really upset, Arsenal going back to training next week,” Bingham said on Sunday morning.
“That breaks social distancing rules. Social distancing rules say you can go out for food, health reasons or work but only if you cannot work from home.
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“Well, even if training doesn’t resume until June 1, because that’s the kind of deadline isn’t it that they’re setting on finishing the season, you can work from home if you’re a footballer because you have no reason to be in work because there are no games.
“So you’re working from home on your fitness.
“You can have four weeks of training when they say that the game can return, but what kind of example is football setting except that it’s greedy and it needs to go back to work?
“I don’t get it, I just think it looks bad.”
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Bingham believes it is a “selfish” decision from Arsenal and says all clubs should wait for official direction from the relevant authorities before taking such a step.
“Wait for the Government to tell you or wait for the governing bodies of the Premier League to tell you you can return to work,” she continued.
“You only need one of those players to pick up coronavirus and start a fresh run and they’ve already had it Arsenal, they’ve had a problem with it.
“So you only need one player to come back, or give it to his family or his pregnant wife or his parents who are vulnerable, because a lot of people will have their families living with them at the moment, and it’s just unnecessary.
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“It’s really, really selfish and stupid and unecessary and I don’t care for it at all.
“It just makes football look bad. Even though it’s really important and everyone’s facing financial ruin across the board, you’ve got to look, if you’re football, at how it looks.
“It looks poor and it looks selfish and it looks greedy.”
A spokesperson from Arsenal said: “Players will be permitted access to our London Colney training grounds.
“Access will be limited, carefully managed and social distancing will be maintained.
“All Colney buildings remain closed. Players will travel alone, do their individual workout and return home.”
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