Coronavirus: Emile Heskey calls for extra precautions to be taken with BAME footballers returning to competition

Derrick Santistevan

Former England footballer Emile Heskey is calling for extra precautions to be taken with BAME players as football returns to our screens on 17 June.

While the frustrating sensation amongst footballers will be joy, the former England, Liverpool and Leicester striker thinks all footballers will still feel anxious about returning to competition.

And provided how coronavirus has actually disproportionately impacted those from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, Heskey states these players have even more factor to feel concerned.

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“Every player will be nervous with what’s going on and people dying. I know friends who have had family members pass away so they’ll be worried and extra cautious,” he stated.

” It need to be the standard that if I’m more vulnerable to something that you focus a bit more on me than you and simply watch on me.

“I’m guessing the players have had some reassurance from the clubs, the FA, the Premier League and from the government as well that they are doing their utmost to look into it and to really give some insight into why it’s happening and what they can do to help mitigate that.”

He added: “It’s important to remember that they are human beings. They do have families, parents, kids, brothers, sisters and no one wants to see them being pushed into a place where they don’t feel comfortable.”

Previously today, Sky News exposed the NHS is utilizing a danger evaluation tool and scoring chart for companies to usage on their Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) personnel throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Heskey, who has 62 England caps and whose autobiography Even Heskey Scored is in the running for the Daily Telegraph Sports Book for the Year, states he personally would have been better to isolate with the rest of his team for the rest of the season.

“I thought that was the remit and it makes sense that you could isolate in a hotel or at some training grounds,” he stated.

Emile Heskey throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup match in between England and Algeria

“You could all isolate in one place and at the end of the season go back to your families knowing you’ve been tested and everything is fine.”

There is likewise the concern of where particular matches will be played.

With the Merseyside derby happening on the first weekend of the reboot and Liverpool fans so close to seeing their side win the league for the first time in 3 years, Heskey states it will be a headache for authorities any place they choose to play it.

“It’s going to be a tough ask for any stadium and police and security to keep fans away,” he stated.

” I believe that’s why they are speaking about playing it at a neutral place. If it’s played there simply to be in the area of the arena, you have actually got fans who will take a trip to Anfield.

” It might be dipped into Wembley down in London however you ‘d get Liverpool fans there also – it’s a hard one to authorities to be truthful with you.”

With all matches taking place behind closed doors, he regrets for not simply Liverpool fans who might feel cheated of their big minute when the Premier League title is won, however fans all over and the players.

He stated: “It’s why they do it. They head out to captivate to consider that love back to fans and they’re not going to be able to do that.”

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