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Eibar players release a statement saying they are ‘scared to resume playing’

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Eibar players have become the first side in Europe to collectively express their fears over the decision to resume playing football.

Eibar players have released a statement showing their fears over the potential resumption of football.

La Liga is already making plans to get back to action as clubs have been allowed to resume training this week.

Barcelona for instance, has taken to full throttle as players would resume at the club’s training center starting Wednesday.

The debate remains as to whether football should resume under the current circumstances. Eibar players have now expressed their fears.

The Azulgranas squad released a statement saying they do want football to return, but can’t ignore the implications it poses on health.

“We love football and nothing makes us happier than being able to get together again and make people happy,” the Eibar players’ statement read as quoted by the Telegraph.

“Without football, we feel empty, just how our stands sadly are as well. We defend a badge that represents thousands of people and nothing will be the same without them. The spectacle loses its essence.

“We’re privileged. We enjoy training and playing each minute, that’s why we want to play. But before footballers, we are people. And like a big part of society, we’re worried about the health situation.”

The Eibar players made their claim on the basis that football is a contact sport and cannot exactly guarantee safety measures.

“We are afraid to start an activity in which we cannot reach the minimum recommendation of the experts, physical distancing. It unsettles us that, for doing what we like most, we could get infected, infect our families and friends and even contribute to a new outbreak of the pandemic, with the terrible consequences that would have for the population.

“The most important thing should be everyone’s health, and it’s the moment that this idea comes to the fore with facts and not only with words. Only with this clear premise would it make sense to return to the competition. We want guarantees.

“We demand responsibility.”

Prior to the suspension of the La Liga, Eibar was 16th on the log standings, two points above the drop-zone.