‘I’d be desperate to get back playing’: Graeme Souness admits he would be tempted to HIDE positive coronavirus test in order to return to the pitch if he was still a player
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- There is a split within England’s top flight, with some players unsure of returning
- Graeme Souness raised concerns over clubs hiding positive coronavirus tests
- He admitted that, if still playing, he would be desperate to get back on the pitch
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Graeme Souness has raised concerns over players ignoring positive coronavirus tests, admitting that he would be tempted to play on if still a player and diagnosed.
Top flight players in England continue to be tested as they turn up for training ahead of a potential restart on June 12.
Graeme Souness has admitted he would be tempted to hide a positive test if still a player
Premier League players have been getting tested for coronavirus on arrival at training
And Souness has suggested there may be a potential problem with positive tests, should individuals show no symptoms whatsoever.
‘If I test positive and a manager is pushing me to play, yeah I’d possibly go for it,’ he said on Sky Sports’ Football Show.
‘You might call me irresponsible but if I was a player now, I’d be desperate to get back playing.
‘Footballers have a social responsibility, but on the other side of it, football can do so much good. To answer your question, I think I could be persuaded to play if I felt fine and I tested positive, but that’s just me.’
The Bundesliga returned at the weekend to boost hopes of a return of football in England
Several stars, including Troy Deeney have been vocal in their questioning of the rush for football to return.
The Watford captain has explained that his own family would be his priority, but while that train of thought resonates with Souness, the former Liverpool icon insists that the pull to play would still be strong.
‘As a football manager, but I’ve said already on a personal level, I feel great and tested positive, first question would my family be alright?’ he added.
‘Beyond that, I’m up for playing.’
Watford captain Troy Deeney has been vocal on his opinions on the Premier League’s return
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