‘We will all explode’ – Spurs star admits concern about fixture congestion

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Sergio Reguilon has become the latest player to complain about the lack of concern shown for players by the authorities when schedules are drawn up.

Tottenham have already played a lot of games in the first couple of months of the season due to their involvement in three competitions. 

Due to the pandemic, the schedule is even more crowded than usual this season, with World Cup qualifiers and Nations League matches also being fitted into the schedule.

The Champions League is now also set to become longer while the idea of a World Cup every two years has now been floated.

Some players and managers have already expressed their displeasure at the lack of concern for players’ health. Reguilon has now claimed that injuries will continue to pile up if the schedule gets any more crowded.

The Tottenham left-back told El Partidazo de Cope: “One day we will all explode. We are not machines. You can see with the amount of injuries there are. It’s a lot of burden for the players.”

Reguilon also spoke about the harrowing incident at St James’ Park on Sunday after a fan suffered a cardiac arrest and had to be revived with the use of a defibrillator.

The Spaniard, who was the first to notify the referee about the incident, admitted that he hopes not to be involved in anything similar again in the future.

Reguilon said: “I realised it pretty quickly. I saw a man lying in the stands and another one trying to revive him. The person was unresponsive.

“I told the referee that a person was dying, but he thought I was protesting a play and I almost got a yellow. I spoke to the referee in English and Spanish. I said, ‘Get defibrillator fast, please’.

“I was getting very nervous, my head was elsewhere. Luckily it happened to the fan in the stands and we were able to react quickly to help him. 

“If there is no defibrillator, it does not bear thinking about. I hope this is the last time this happens to me in my life.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

The fixture congestion is clearly motivated by the bottom line as FIFA and UEFA want a bigger portion of the pie. Not only does it lead to more injuries but I also believe that it decreases the quality of the matches.

Authorities will do well to realise that allowing players the time to recover and to be at their 100 per cent, will only lead to a better product.

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