Patrick Vieira would NOT assist a gamers’ strike over welfare considerations amid worries from Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson… however the Crystal Palace boss admits he’s ‘fearful’ for stars getting back from Covid

  • Crystal Palace tackle Tottenham on Boxing Day in a recreation now on BT Sport 
  • Some Premier League bosses and gamers have been bemused by the schedule 
  • Palace boss Patrick Vieira has now mentioned he wouldn’t assist a gamers’ strike 
  • Vieira mentioned he’s not fearful concerning the welfare of gamers resulting from plenty of matches  

Crystal Palace supervisor Patrick Vieira wouldn’t assist a gamers’ strike, however is worried over pushing anybody again into motion too quickly after recovering from coronavirus.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has spoken out over problems with welfare not being taken severely sufficient whereas Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola recommended a strike often is the solely option to name severe consideration to the considerations amid a Premier League fixture pile-up.

The depth of the Christmas schedule, and the burden it locations on gamers, is an annual topic of debate, however this yr the difficulty is being exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Patrick Vieira says he would not throw his assist behind a gamers’ strike over welfare considerations

As a participant, former midfielder Vieira loved nice success with Arsenal and captained Arsene Wenger’s aspect by means of their undefeated 2003-04 Premier League marketing campaign.

The 45-year-old, who lifted the 1998 World Cup with France, feels the hectic run of fixtures could be managed, however careworn there must be cautious consideration for any participant working their manner again from a coronavirus an infection.

‘I do not know if they might be proper to do it, the one factor I can inform you is I’m in opposition to this type of strike,’ Vieira mentioned forward of Palace’s journey to Tottenham on Boxing Day.

‘What is actually necessary for the time being is the voice of gamers or managers must be heard slightly bit extra.’

Vieira (middle) is only concerned about his players when it comes to returning from Covid

Vieira (center) is simply involved about his gamers relating to getting back from Covid

The previous Arsenal captain added: ‘I’m not fearful concerning the gamers’ welfare concerning the video games throughout this era as a result of it has been like that for years and years. What I’m fearful about is the gamers’ welfare concerning Covid.

‘I feel gamers getting back from a Covid state of affairs and asking them to play, having not had sufficient coaching, is so much on them. That is what I’m fearful about.’

Norwich head coach Dean Smith, in the meantime, is unsure simply what aspect he’ll be capable to ship out in opposition to Arsenal on Boxing Day because the membership proceed to grapple with a coronavirus outbreak.

Smith has already seen one recreation referred to as off due to the problems, however believes golf equipment simply should observe the most recent Premier League tips – which state video games have to be performed if 13 outfield gamers and one goalkeeper from the squad had been accessible.

Requested whether or not he would again a participant strike if requested by Norwich’s captain, Smith mentioned: ‘I do not assume you’ll be able to. We’ve got to observe the rules of the league that we’re in.

‘The Premier League have given their tips on what must be finished to get a recreation postponed.

Jordan Henderson is concerned that player welfare is not being taken seriously enough

Jordan Henderson is worried that participant welfare isn’t being taken severely sufficient

Liverpool coach Pep Lijnders criticised the decision to not cancel a round of Christmas games

Liverpool coach Pep Lijnders criticised the choice to not cancel a spherical of Christmas video games

‘The West Ham recreation was an excessive amount of for us, and that obtained postponed by the Premier League after we submitted a request with the accidents and the sickness that we had, so that’s the manner ahead and that’s the manner we are going to proceed.’

Smith added: ‘We went right into a (Premier League managers’) assembly yesterday the place the selections had already been made, so I feel we had already missed the boat by way of choice making.

‘They (Premier League) determined the season would proceed as was and we’ve got obtained to fulfil fixtures now, so we’ve got to manage as finest we are able to.’

The Norwich boss revealed he felt ‘it was bordering on negligible’ for him having to area the likes of Sam Byram who was rushed again into motion following a prolonged lay-off when despatched on as an emergency substitute through the 2-0 defeat in opposition to Villa.

‘I feel we’re in a harmful state of affairs now, the place we’re risking the well being and welfare of the gamers,’ mentioned Smith.

Dean Smith questions the integrity of the Premier League schedule during Covid outbreaks

Dean Smith questions the integrity of the Premier League schedule throughout Covid outbreaks

The Canaries face Arsenal on Boxing Day and then Crystal Palace in the space of just 48 hours

The Canaries face Arsenal on Boxing Day after which Crystal Palace within the area of simply 48 hours 


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