Safety consultant warns Premier League must put lives before money

  • John Newsham says fulfilling TV contracts not essential
  • ‘Nobody’s life should be jeopardised because of money’

The Premier League season must not resume if it poses any risk to life during the Covid-19 pandemic, regardless of the huge financial losses from television contracts that could follow, a senior football safety consultant has warned.

John Newsham, the former long-term safety officer for Blackburn Rovers and a former chairman of and now consultant to the Football Safety Officers Association, said much more work needs to be done to examine whether matches can be played safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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