Newcastle Defender Danny Rose: Premier League Restart Plans “A Joke”

Danny Rose with Tottenham Hotspur in 2019. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Newcastle United defender Danny Rose made strong and critical declarations about potential plans that would see the Premier League return to action this summer after the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the season beginning in mid-March.

Rose went to Instagram Live and responded to questions from his followers about the league’s desire to resume in June. He criticized the idea of soccer returning while the deaths and infections from the COVID-19 virus continue in the United Kingdom.

The England international classified the idea of discussing a return to football at this point as a “joke” in an expletive-filled rant. According to Rose, society’s priority at this point shouldn’t be the Premier League, but rather keeping all of its citizens healthy and safe.

As Rose put it, “I’m sad that people are getting sick and being affected. Football should be the last of things that need to be sorted.”

The United Kingdom has been the hardest-hit country in Europe by the COVID-19 pandemic with over 220,000 cases and 32,000 deaths due to the virus.

The Premier League has yet to detail its plan for a return to the competition, but speculation exists that the league plans to get things going again in early June.