After Bundesliga set the example by resuming football matches behind closed-doors during the coronavirus pandemic, Premier League and La Liga could also make a return in the following weeks. Amid all the talks of football resuming in India amid empty stands, skipper Sunil Chhetri feels it is important to resume training first.Also Read - Indonesia Travel Update: Indonesia Reopens For Singapore Travellers to Boost Tourism
“The Korean League and Bundesliga are checking every player every single day before he trains. When they go to the match, they have already been tested that they have no virus. But you never know, because some can be asymptomatic. That’s why, for a second layer of protection, they are saying don’t hug each other, don’t spit and stuff like that,” he said in a webinar hosted by non-profit organisation Yuva. Also Read - Assam Tightens COVID Curbs, Non-Vaccinated People Banned From Visiting Public Places
“But I think the first stage is training only. Matches are only once a week, but you train every day. It’s going to be 30 players minimum, 12 coaches, a ball boy and a kit man. Everybody is going back home, and you don’t know who they are meeting. You don’t know who they are mixing with. But then again, you have to start,” Chhetri added. Also Read - Budget Session 2022: Covid Rules To Be Implemented Again, President's Address On January 31
Cricketers Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan, badminton star PV Sindhu and shooter Anjum Moudgil were other sports stars present in the webinar. Chhetri joked that the lack of fans in the stadium might expose the abusive language that football players use during matches.
“These superstars (Sindhu and Moudgil) play a game very nicely and they are very well-behaved, they don’t abuse,” Chhetri said.
“So if there are no fans, people will get to know our vocabulary of abuses. We utter nonsense, but we are allowed to say anything, except to the referee. We are dirty, we are ugly. If the fans are there, they are loud, and it (the abuse) all gets subdued. But if they”re not there, my god…”