‘Not a chance in hell’ – Stoke City favourite gives his blunt verdict



Stoke City favourite Danny Higginbotham has urged football’s authorities to set a date for when this season must be concluded by.

And if that deadline comes and goes without a resolution the current campaign should be voided.

Writing in his column in The Sun, the former Potters star turned pundit re-iterated that health of the nation should come in front of the wealth of football clubs and broadcasters.

“I really do want football back as much as anyone,” he said. “But we are walking a tightrope, without a firm date for a restart.

“That date needs to be given so people know what to aim for. And if we cannot start at that point, we have to draw the line.

“We must ensure we do not find ourselves in a position with this football season where we are putting wealth before health.”

Higginbotham admits the prospect of playing football, even behind closed doors, while the virus is still claiming lives, will be a major worry for players if they are rushed back into action.

“Will footballers feel comfortable going on to a pitch with 21 others while the virus is still lurking?” he added.

“Like myself, I am sure a number of players are doing the shopping for parents and grandparents who have been forced into isolation.

“They may have a pregnant wife or family member with underlying health problems.

“So with the potential of catching the virus and taking it back to their families, do you really think footballers will be OK with that?”

Higginbotham is against the idea of players meeting up to complete the fixture in small camps, adding: “And there is not a chance in hell I would be leaving them (my family) behind to go to a random place for a month.”





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