Murray warns Premier League not to rush season restart amid coronavirus fears

Glenn Murray claims the Premier League should not be rushing to return when people are still dying in their hundreds from coronavirus.

Murray was part of Wednesday’s conference call to brief captains and PFA representatives about Project Restart and feels League chiefs should wait longer.

“Football is not necessarily a necessity, it’s a game, it’s a sport,” said the Brighton striker. “What if we go through all this rigmarole of trying to get back started and we have a second peak and we have to stop?

“I can’t understand after just loosening the lockdown why we are in such a rush to get it back. Why can’t we wait just a month or so to see if things go to plan?

“What’s the point of getting halfway through the phasing and stopping? Why not wait and see how the country deals with coming out of the lockdown before we even think about starting unnecessary sports when people are dying all around us. The death rate is still high.

“We’re up to 34,000 now. We’re the worst-hit country in the Europe. No-one seems to be taking that into consideration.”

Brighton are just two points above the drop zone in 15th and Murray insists there should only be relegation if both the Premier League and Championship finish.

“If we manage to play our games in the Premier League, whoever finishes in the bottom three deserve to go down,” he said.

“But to be relegated we need the Championship to finish because if they don’t finish their games, they don’t deserve to be promoted."

Murray, 36, also feels many of the safety measures proposed for training grounds are impractical.

“They don’t want us to spit, which I find incredible,” he said. “You produce a protein when you exercise that makes your saliva sticky and you want to offload it. It’s just plain and simple.

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