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Arsenal Legend Ian Wright Says It Is Too Early For Premier League To Return

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Ian Wright has hit out at criticism of the Premier League’s discussions to restart the season amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying that football is too easy of a target.

On Friday the Premier League held talks about resuming play and reiterated their desire to finish 2019-20 season.

Though no date was chosen for a return, some have said the discussions are tone deaf with the UK in the middle of a public health crisis.

Wright has said that such criticism is unnecessary, as the league would never decide to resume play while it is not safe to do so.

“It seems like football is the punching bag,” the former Arsenal striker told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Lives come before anything, and the Premier League have always said, and they continue to say, [football will resume] when it’s safe to do so,” Wright continued.

“When you hear people having a go at football because the Premier League are having meetings … they have to have meetings because at some stage things have to start again.

“Just because football is a game … it’s still a business, just like other businesses are making plans to try and get themselves going again.”

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