Retrieved 13 May 2020, 00:22 IST
English football chiefs have backed the assurance that players of black, Asian and minority ethnicity (BAMA) will be safe to return at any step.
Former England striker Les Ferdinand, who is the football director of the pro-championship QPR, is hopeful that the English Football League (EFL) will leave no stone unturned in its quest for health.
Statistics released last week by the United Kingdom’s Office of National Statistics show that black people are almost twice as likely to die as blacks due to the black virus.
Aware of Ferdinand’s numbers, however, he will provide a confident “safe environment” for football, with regular checks in any league that has been allowed to resume during the Covid-19 crisis.
He told Status Performer: “I know the statistics right now that it’s worse for people of ethnicity, but at the moment I expect them to. [club] The doctor needs to keep those things in hand and have a conversation around him.
“Because sometimes when you just hear what’s being said there, it’s a bit scary and people can get scared from behind it.
“The EFL still has to give us guidelines, and if they’re giving us guidelines, they have to give us guidelines if they have a problem.”
Speaking on Tuesday, Ferdinand proudly described the initiatives taken by the doctors on the QPR side and said it was important to listen to government instructions.
UK football could start again in June, the Premier League is keen to restart and potential clubs from the EFL will also return to play the game.
“In young, healthy people, I think we need to keep an eye on the guidelines that the government has set for us … because they’re not telling ethnic minorities, the representatives of the left that you can’t go to work,” Ferdinand said.
“If they are still working on national health [Service] Or whatever job they are in, I think it’s safe to call it a safe environment for footballers to get back into their environment.
“We have to keep an eye on this, but the advice my doctors are giving to the football club is holistic and it’s on a close basis to everyone. It’s about everyone returning to work in a safe environment.”