Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster says it would be wrong for Premier League players to be tested for the coronavirus ahead of medical workers.
Twice a week test for Premier League players are part of the plans to resume the Premier League next month after being halted since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Footballers are not essential key workers, we shouldn’t have access to tests before front-like workers,” Ben Foster told BBC Newsbeat on Friday.
The Professional Footballers Association (PFA), Premier League chief and the government held a conference call this week to discuss safety measures for a restart.
On Thursday, Britain’s Culture and Sport secretary Oliver Dowden said the government was “opening the door” for football to return next month in empty stadiums.
Another meeting is planned for Monday when players are due to return to the initial group training under social distancing rules. With Britain’s death toll at almost 34 000 from the coronavirus, several players have voiced their unease at such a quick return.
Ben Foster says players are still unsure about how exactly “Project Restart” will work.
“I really haven’t a clue how they are going to work it. It is almost impossible to come up with solutions,” the goalkeeper said.
“I don’t know if we have to wear masks when we go back to training, I haven’t a clue. It is not going to be normal anymore, a completely different set of circumstances.”
“How do you socially distance a corner? Can a keeper spit on their gloves?”
June 12 is the proposed date for the Premier League to resume but many issues still need to be resolved.
“You can’t go risking people’s health to be playing football. Health is the most important thing. Going back to playing has to be done when the time is right,” Foster said.