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.