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Trevor Sinclair uses his West Ham example to question Premier League resumption

Trevor Sinclair has recalled his own personal experiences at West Ham United in questioning the wisdom of plans to restart football.

West Ham’s battle against relegation has been on hold since March due to the global health crisis.

The country has since gone into lockdown. But it has emerged West Ham could resume their battle for Premier League survival in less six weeks under new proposals.

A mystery Premier League club owner told Sky Sports there is ‘no chance’ the season will be cancelled like has been the case in France and Holland.

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Brady says all 20 clubs want to resume season

And West Ham vice-chairman confirmed the desire of “all 20 clubs” to resume the season in her latest column in The Sun.

West Ham could be back playing by June 8th, less than six weeks from now, after Sky Sports revealed the date set out in the Project Restart proposals.

TalkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan said it is the best case scenario that we only lose the current season. And he added that should players be made to restart and something terrible was to happen to one of them it could be classed as ‘corporate manslaughter’.

And Hammers legend Sinclair agreed, revealing he was once mentally unfit to play for West Ham.

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Sinclair uses West Ham experience to question restart

And the former West Ham star says clubs will face the same problem with players in the current climate.

“Always thought this (agreeing with Jordan),” Sinclair said on Twitter.

“Imagine being a player, contracting the virus from training/match and passing it to a family member and the worst case scenario occurs!! Players health cannot be 100% guaranteed.

“Liverpool and Celtic should be crowned champions but sorting the rest out will cause controversy. Remember being West Ham captain, playing away at Reading after watching the 9/11 horrific events in NYC unfold that day.

“I was emotionally drained and wasn’t mentally ready to play. Can imagine players feeling the same way if forced to play on whilst thousands continue to die!”

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Shankly so wrong now we’re faced with reality

The match Sinclair is referring to saw West Ham lose 6-5 on penalties to Reading in the second round of the League Cup back in 2001.

The Hammers fans’s favourite makes a salient and sobering point.

Bill Shankly famously said football was more important than life or death.

But nothing could be further from the truth now we are faced with that reality.


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