“My son is five months old and he had breathing difficulties … I don’t want to endanger him”: Troy Deeney reveals that he REFUSED to return to Watford training … before re-inflating the Premier League Project Restart due to lack of BAME screening
Troy Deeney has revealed that he has refused to return to Watford because he feared endangering his five-month-old son’s health.
The Watford striker was outspoken in his opposition to the Premier League Project Restart plans and also expressed concerns this week about a lack of screening for BAME (black, Asian and ethnic minority) players.
Premier League clubs will start training again on Tuesday, with the goal of returning the season back behind closed doors next month, but Deeney has maintained that he will not participate.
Troy Deeney told Eddie Hearn (L) and Tony Bellew (R) that he refused to train with Watford
The 31-year-old says that the Premier League has to answer a number of ‘simple’ questions
Talk to Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew on it Talk to the Talk YouTube show, Deeney said, “We’ll be back this week. I said I’m not going.
“It only takes one to get infected. I don’t want to take that home – my son is five months old and he had breathing difficulties.
“I don’t want to endanger him anymore. You have to drive back in the same dirty set.
“If I put my clothes on my son or my wife” he is more likely to be in the house.
Premier League side Watford will open the doors to their training ground again on Tuesday
Watford bait (photo with family) said he is concerned about catching viruses and bringing them home
“I’ve lost my dad, my grandmother, my grandfather … I have pretty much everyone I care about.
“So that’s more important to me than a few pounds in my back pocket.”
The 31-year-old added, “During the meeting, I asked very simple questions.
‘For black, Asian and mixed ethnic groups, they are four times more likely to get the disease and twice as likely to develop long-term disease.
Is there an additional screening? Heart stuff to see if someone has a problem?
“I just said,” If you don’t know the information, why put myself at risk? “
Deeney (right) pictured in action for Watford against Crystal Palace in March