As things stand, there is no date for the Premier League to start up again.
Doing so wouldn’t go down well with a lot of people directly involved in the sport, with various players already voicing their displeasure at the idea considering the current world situation.
While some have done so publicly, others are keeping it to themselves, or at least within their club, as explained by West Ham’s Fabián Balbuena in an interview with Monumental 108 AM, relayed by Ultima Hora.
The Paraguay international, who signed for the Hammers in the summer of 2018, was asked by the local radio station about the current situation in the United Kingdom, which the centre-back went on to describe.
He said: “Here the number of cases continues to grow and we don’t have a date for when the league will continue. If you ask every player, they will tell you they don’t want to play unless it’s safe for everyone.
“At West Ham, there is a number of players who don’t want to play. Imagine if you play and a few days later they do a test and it comes back positive. You’re endangering everyone you know.”
Despite no date for the return of actual football, players have started returning to their club’s facilities to get some training under their belts.
As for the wages being reduced, he explained: “There was a meeting of all the team captains and the Premier League in which it was decided that it’s to help health workers.”
Since joining West Ham, Balbuena has made 39 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals, the latest of which came in a 3-2 loss to Newcastle United back in early November of last year.