"God forbid we have a fatality. People are closing their eyes to the threat"
Watford Football Club manager Nigel Pearson has urged the Premier League to be cautious before resuming the season.
With the current top-flight campaign on pause, the 56-year-old has raised his concerns regarding a fatality if football continued during COVID.
As EPL clubs potentially go back to training on Monday, and with the resumption of Premier League action a possibility midway through June, Pearson has called for a more pragmatic approach to Project Restart.
Speaking to the media, the Hornets boss said:
"God forbid we have a fatality. People are closing their eyes to the threat.
"Yes, we would like to restart it but it's got to be safe. We should be cautious. To ignore possibilities is foolhardy. It's about safeguarding people's health.
"It is unreasonable to suggest that footballers and staff are obligated to make the nation feel better.
"If I've got my cynical head on I'm concerned our potential restart coincides with the relaxation of the lockdown rules
"The death toll in the UK is anything between 33,000 and 38,000. That's filling our stadium and then filling it half again. It's a sobering thought."
Echoing the opinions of his captain Troy Deeney, Pearson has his reservations about the continuation of the season.
READ: Troy Deeney calls for safe Premier League return - http://www.vibe1076.co.uk/news/local-vibes-news/troy-deeney-calls-for-safe-premier-league-return/