Wayne Rooney Expresses His DisappointmentBy Menzilla | March 16, 2020
Wayne Rooney, former England and Manchester United soccer international player decided to join other high-profile celebrities and athletes in criticizing the government’s way of handling the coronavirus pandemic.
It has been said that he expressed his disappointment through his column in Britain’s Sunday Times. He said that he felt that the UK governing bodies should have acted faster in halting the season.
The reason for this is that the Premier League this weekend was halted last minute, particularly on Friday. The sudden halt was because Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta were both positive for the said virus.
“Why did we wait until Friday? Why did it take Mikel Arteta to get ill for the game in England to do the right thing? For players, staff and their families it has been a worrying week — one in which you felt a lack of leadership from the government and from the FA and Premier League. After the emergency meeting, at last the right decision was made — until then it almost felt like footballers in England were being treated like guinea pigs. I know how I feel. If any of my family get infected through me because I’ve had to play when it’s not safe, and they get seriously ill, I’d have to think hard about ever playing again. I would never forgive the authorities.”
“The rest of sport — tennis, Formula One, rugby, golf, football in other countries — was closing down and we were being told to carry on. I think a lot of footballers were wondering, ‘Is it something to do with money being involved in this?'”