English Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced a four-week nationwide lockdown this Saturday. Non-essential shops including pubs, bars, and restaurants will be closed for this period following the surge in coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom. However, essential services and shops will remain open throughout the nation.
On the other hand, Johnson gave permission to Premier League to operate behind closed doors. Many businesses and a large part of the entertainment sector are directly connected to the Premier League business. However, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes that he will not be surprised if Premier League football may have to go through the second phase of lockdown.
Pep Guardiola believes Premier League football may witness a second lockdown stint in England
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While talking about continuing football amid the surge in coronavirus cases, Pep Guardiola said, “It’s difficult.” He then added, “I know the prime minister is taking the decision because the situation is getting worse. It happened in Spain, Germany, and France. Everywhere.” The manager then added, “So the virus is still there. Maybe people say it is stronger. I think the world of football cannot be an exception in what is happening in society.”
Guardiola said, “So if we have to play, we will play. But we don’t want to be different from the rest of society when they have to close restaurants or close whatever.” The Manchester City manager then further said, “It’s a position in which I am not involved. I want to be safe. I want to keep well for myself, for my family, my friends, for all England, all of the UK. But honestly, I don’t know.”
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He also expressed his support with Boris Johnson while saying, “It’s not a joke. It’s serious. If he says to stay at home, you have to stay at home. If he says don’t do this, we don’t do it.” The manager then added, “Because it’s not fair for half of the population doing what we have to do and the prime minister says this, and the rest of the people do whatever they want.”
Pep Guardiola said, “So we have to be conscious – the reality is tough, it’s difficult. If we have to stop, we are going to stop.” The manager then further added, “If we have to play, because they decide it’s good for society or for I don’t know, just be alert, be careful, and take maximum consciousness of the dangers of the situation in which we are living.”