Former Leeds United defender, Danny Mills, has blasted Tottenham for their decision to resume training earlier this week.
Premier League clubs are working towards a potential restart as early as June 8 after the UK Government confirmed their intention to have live sporting action resume as soon as it was safe to do so (Times).
The government has reportedly ruled that football players are employees who can’t do their work properly from home, thus permitting clubs to resume training schedules.
Following the government’s ruling, Spurs announced that their players will begin training at Hotspur Way on Tuesday but insisted that social distancing protocols would be maintained.
They claimed that they would do this by making several pitches available to the players and by restricting the number of stars who are allowed at the training facility each day.
Despite the precautions being taken, Mills believes it is inappropriate for clubs to begin training when the country is in the middle of a pandemic.
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills said: “It is not right, not yet. The government has said essential work only and football is not essential work. It is football.
“Yes, we all want it to be played and for it to get underway again but it has to be safe.
“The timing seems poor when the whole country is still in lockdown they decide to do this.
“It seems like a scattergun approach at the moment. We all want it back but come back for the right reasons.”
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If Mills has any axe to grind here, it should be with the Government as they are the ones who gave clubs the green light to begin training. Clubs will obviously want to begin training as quickly as they can and it is up to the authorities to decide if and when footballing action should resume.
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