Premier League stars invited to join global rebellion if season resumes amid coronavirus crisis

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Raymond Verheijen, the best football coach, has called on the best stars in the Premier League to join a global player revolt if clubs play on the coronavirus crisis.

Verheijen, the outspoken Dutchman who has worked with Manchester City and Barcelona as well as the national teams from Holland, South Korea, Russia and Wales, believes the season should be canceled NOW.

But he is concerned that all of the game’s governing bodies are ready to take a chance on the players’s health and fitness in order to save billions of dollars in lost revenue.

The Premier League will have to pay £ 762 million in rebate to television companies if the campaign is abandoned.

And Verheijen, 48, urged the biggest names in the game to save football from its own greed.

Verheijen said: “The season must be canceled to protect the players.

“I have spoken to players about the coronavirus situation and they fear that they will be told to play before the crisis ends.



Premier League stars have been invited to join a world revolt if the season starts again

“They are afraid of being infected by a teammate or an opponent.

“So this is the first thing the football authorities need to address.

“And the second problem that needs to be raised is the possibility that players may have career-threatening injuries.

“Everyone understands that there is enormous financial pressure on the game and we all want to see football resume as soon as possible – but only when the crisis is over and the reality is that it will not be possible to finish the current season late summer.

“Most players don’t have the influence of saying,” I don’t play until I’m sure. “

“Only the players’ unions and the best footballers in the world have this kind of power.

“It would be a powerful message if the stars of the Premier League joined big names like Messi and Ronaldo to say, ‘None of us will play until the match is secure'”.

Verheijen thinks that any other scenario would be a case of clubs playing Russian roulette with the future of their players.



Messi and Ronaldo have been invited to lead the revolt

He says sports experts predict a series of serious injuries if the teams return to action without giving their teams weeks to get back in shape.

Verheijen said: “It is important to have a reliable frame of reference to understand the situation of the players.

“The coronavirus crisis may be unique, but in many ways the postponement of matches can be compared to what happens at the end of each season.

“First, there is a off-season when players are on vacation for three or four weeks and receive individual training programs to maintain a certain level of fitness.

“Let’s say that, if their fitness level is 10 when they stop playing football, then during this period of relative inactivity, that fitness may drop to a level of five.

“When they start a five or six week pre-season to prepare to start playing again, it usually takes about a month to get back into shape.

“When football resumes after this crisis, players will need the equivalent of a preseason.

“The players have been relatively inactive for maybe three weeks.



Verheijen alongside the late Gary Speed ​​during a training session in Wales

“If this period spans six or eight weeks – or more – then it makes sense that they will need more time to regain their physical condition.

“It is not my opinion – it is a fact based on science. “

Verheijen added: “The administrators want the game to come back as soon as possible for financial reasons.

“So players will be invited to play when they are not ready – and that means playing Russian roulette with careers.

“People are talking about the need to maintain the integrity of the game by resuming the season.

“But is there integrity in putting players at risk of illness and injury?” “

Verheijen’s warning is supported by compelling evidence that he has acquired over the years of elite-level work experience.

He said: “Even when a player is 100% fit, he needs a minimum of 72 hours to recover between games.

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“If a player is not in good physical shape, he needs even more time.

“By piling up the games in a short period of time, they will load their bodies with fatigue – and this is the perfect recipe for injuries.

“And I’m not just talking about the muscle strains that heal in a few weeks. There will be a much higher risk of ACL tears and injuries that could potentially end a career. “

He explained, “Take the example of a player taking a single spin – something that happens hundreds of times in each game.

“The brain sends a message to the muscles, ligaments and tendons to tighten around the knee so that the joint stabilizes.

“But when the muscles are tired, they work more slowly. This is just a snap, but it means that the muscles are not now providing the required knee stability.

“The knee is unprotected – and that’s when ACL injuries can happen.

“I am sure we will see these types of injuries shaping the career if they try to end the season as suggested.”

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