Due to the coronavirus outbreak that has Europe and affected football, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has urged the Premier League to void this season because football isn’t life or death.

“I just think the Premier League should just be voided,” Ferdinand posted on his Instagram account. “Just void it.

“All this behind closed doors business, you’re still going to have the players there. What, are the players not classed as part of society? There are players who are going to go down lame from the illness, who might not have recovered or who will catch it from someone.

“Then it spreads to other players, so it won’t be fair, it’s not a level playing field, I just don’t feel it’s right. And there’s going to have to be people in that stadium to man the stadium – security, etcetera, as well in there, which puts everyone at risk.

“This is about life and death situations, about society and the wider grand scheme of things. So, football, it ain’t that serious in that sense. Listen, we all love it. I love football, we all love it. But it ain’t life or death.

“When it comes to matters like these, you’ve got to put people’s health before anything and I just think that’s the way it should be.

“Start the season with a clean slate. Once this health situation is all ironed out, all sorted out, then we can start a new season because I just don’t see it happening in that time.”

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