CORONAVIRUS: Watford Captain, Troy Deeney, Teammates Stay Away From Training

TEAM captain, Troy Deeney was one of several Watford players who chose not to take part in small-group training on Wednesday, the day after three members of the club’s playing and coaching staff, including the centre-back Adrian Mariappa, were found to have tested positive for Covid-19.

Head of the international players’ union, Fifpro, Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, backed the stance taken by Deeney and other Watford players.

‘’There’s a lot of uncharted territory when it comes to these protocols,” he said.

Baer-Hoffmann endorsed Deeney’s call for extra research into the effects of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic people and added: “We have heard from multiple players [across Europe’s top leagues] that they are being pressured.

Mariappa revealed he was the Watford player who tested positive for coronavirus but said he was asymptomatic and had not breached any guidelines.

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