NRL star slams ‘misguided information’ from Peter FitzSimons about NRL season restart – saying that even if the players ‘kissed’ each other, they would still be safe from coronavirus
- Melbourne star Sandor Earl struck ex-Wallaby for criticizing NRL reboots
- FitzSimons said May 28 will restart ‘absolute madness’ with the country still locked
- Disputed logic of players in close contact and returning to their families
- Earl defended the season and went on to say that players would isolate themselves as a team
- “With athletes, we are talking about strict measures to be able to play,” said Earl
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NRL star Sandor Earl dropped out at Peter FitzSimons after the ex-Wallaby criticized the decision to resume the NRL season, despite the rest of Australia remaining in lockdown during the corona virus pandemic.
FitzSimons said it was “absolute madness” for the league to start playing again on May 28, claiming that the league benefited from special treatment from the New South Wales government.
The ex-Wallaby questioned the logic that funerals were still limited to a maximum of ten people, but NRL players were able to interact closely before going home with their families.
But Melbourne Storm’s winger said that even if players kissed each other, they wouldn’t spread the virus if they were isolated as a group.
Former Wallaby star Peter FitzSimons has been criticized by NRL winger Sandor Earl for attacking the season’s restart of the league
“As players, we are literally tied to our room, whether that’s accommodation in a hotel or our own homes, to training and then back,” the 30-year-old said in a video on Twitter.
“I feel there was a bit of misleading information … a little lack of knowledge and understanding around that area and the point was also raised about five people at funerals and how it’s not fair to other people.
“I think that’s a very bad example and a very bad link.”
He said it was a better comparison to the hundreds of workers in high-rise projects who mixed together and their communities.
“In sports and athletes, we are talking about very strict isolated measures to train and play,” he said.
The Melbourne Storm winger said that even if players kissed or hugged each other, they wouldn’t spread the virus if they were isolated as a group
“It doesn’t matter if we tackle, hug or kiss each other, we are all isolated within a particular group and we take extreme measures to ensure we don’t interfere in the community.
The NRL faced fierce criticism for announcing it would restart the 2020 season – including from the Nine Network – which said it would save $ 130 million if the rest of the campaign were canceled.
In his column for the Sydney Morning Herald On Friday, FitzSimons called on NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian to end the planned restart date in May.
Earl (right) said that hundreds of workers in high-rise structures mixed together and that their communities and NRL players did not pose the same risk
“If you’re going to open things, so be it,” he wrote.
“But putting a green light on the rugby league while the rest of us will remain on the red at the traffic lights for the past two months seems to take an insane and unnecessary risk.”
Coaches have said the NRL’s ‘mini preseason’ is on hold prior to the restart until the New Zealand warriors are allowed to train as a group in Australia.
Earl (left) trains with Melbourne Storm teammate Ryan Papenhuyzen on April 14 in Melbourne The NRL has received ‘written permission’ from NSW authorities to restart the match on May 28
ARL committee chairman Peter V’landys signaled a decision on the competitive structure early next week, and the NRL is confident that the agency work contract and government approval will be resolved in the coming days.
The Warriors are awaiting approval from Australian and state governments, as well as Border Force, to release into the country, and require an exemption to train as a group rather than a mandatory 14-day isolation for individuals.
After strict biosecurity measures, the Warriors could resume training in just seven days on May 4 with an exemption.