West Ham boss David Moyes content for Premier League to continue but says ‘players are taking risks every week’

Jack Rosser
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<p>David Moyes has had his say on football carrying on despite the spike in coronavirus cases</p> (Pool via REUTERS)

David Moyes has had his say on football carrying on despite the spike in coronavirus cases

(Pool via REUTERS)

David Moyes says footballers are taking risks by continuing to play during lockdown but the West Ham manager remains happy that the show is going on.

Elite sport was allowed to continue during the third national lockdown, but with cases hitting new highs in the Premier League and more than 100 positive results returned from the latest round of Football League testing, fears are growing that it may be halted once more.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said on Friday it was "morally wrong" for football to press on and that those inside the Premier League bubble are “just as vulnerable as everybody else”.

Asked whether he felt football should be continuing, Moyes said: "I have a lot of agreement with what Steve has said but football has helped many people.

"With Project Restart, we chose to come back, we thought it was the right thing. I am happy football is back but we have to remember that the players are taking risks every single week, they are going back to their families. They are tested but they have to fly to games and stay in hotels."

While players are taking risks to continue working, the festive period saw a number caught breaching lockdown restrictions, including West Ham's Manuel Lanzini.

The Argentine was pictured with three Tottenham players at a Christmas party and has since apologised and made a donation to Newham Foodbank. The club condemned his actions, but Moyes is keen to ensure that footballers are not unfairly hung out to dry.

"If you are taking tough measures on players, take them on the Government people who have broken restrictions too," said Moyes. "A lot of people are throwing stones from glass houses.

"Manuel has made a mistake, he has apologised. Lots of people claiming things should be different. Players have done a remarkable job but mistakes will be made."

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