Gary Neville said “I felt the way that the Premier League would be delivered would be through players being quarantined at a hotel, not for a 14-day period before the first match but for a two to three week period, I thought they were going to shove the nine games, like a Saturday, Tuesday, Friday, Monday, Thursday and try to get them in as quick as possible, in a really condensed period, where the players would be quarantined for the whole of that period. Almost like a World Cup. It’s not unusual for players in the Premier League to be away for four, five weeks. Two weeks before the tournament and three weeks during. I’m not really sure why it’s going to be spread over six weeks, which seems to be mooted at the moment. I don’t see why they wouldn’t remain in quarantine? Troy Denney mooted this morning and a couple of other players have mentioned they’ve got children with vulnerabilities or pregnant partners. Why would they not be quarantined for the whole time and just the 14 days before it starts again? Absolutely, I went to eight tournaments with England and I was away for five weeks, All those lads that are there in the Premier League, the majority are international players who will have experienced that before. Whether it’s, ten days for a doubleheader or five weeks for a tournament. The reality is you do whatever is necessary to get things done. The safest way would be to keep them in quarantine, away from their families. The concern would be when the players finish their first game, they go home to their families, and we are talking about this stretching into July where retail will open again. You can say to players all you like, ‘don’t go to shops, don’t go to restaurants’, but their family members will be. You can’t quarantine them. That’s a concern over potentially restarting and infection spreading from family members who are going out into society.”
Gary Neville has suggested that all the players should be quarantined for the remained of the season to ensure their safety and limit any player passing on the Coronavirus to family and friends. The ex-Manchester United captain’s suggestion comes as players return to training this week and report that six players and staff have been tested positive for COVID 19.