Watford captain Troy Deeney says people told him they wished his baby son would contract coronavirus after he chose not to return to training. Troy Deeney was trying to protect the lives of his family and his son when he said he was not going to resume with other players. But he has been receiving some very bad comment about the decision.
Deeney said he did not want to put his child, who has had breathing difficulties, “in more danger” and raised concerns over the increased risk to black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) players. Deeney said: “I saw some comments in regards to my son, people saying: ‘I hope your son gets corona.”.
The 3-year-old said news men about the comment saying: “That’s the hard part for me. If you respond to that, people then go: ‘Ah, we’ve got him’ and they keep doing it.” “In a time where it’s all about mental health and everyone says ‘speak up, speak out, please speak”
“So people see that and go ‘woah’ and it’s not just us that gets it, the missus gets direct messages and you’ll be walking down the street and people will be like: ‘Oh, I’m at work, you go back to work’.” The English Premier League clubs unanimously voted for resumption of the league on Wednesday and they agreed to start contact training but Watford are not expected to resume group training until next week.
Deeney spoke to England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, and commended the man for his efforts. Deeney said about the chief that he been doing very, very good research and there is a lot of goodwill on his part to tell. Deeney said ultimately, there is going to be some form of risk for all of us going back to work,”