Sheffield coronavirus football LIVE: Latest Wednesday and United news as PFA man makes behind-closed-doors claim

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Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 12:57 pm

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PFA deputy chief Bobby Barnes on behind-closed-doors games - via the Athletic

"In an ideal world we'd be playing in front of crowds but I think it's more a case of there being no alternative.

"Players are realistic. We're not in an ideal world and the players I've spoken to accept that's what it will have to be. I've been speaking to players on a daily basis and the conversations were based around not wanting to play behind closed doors if at all possible. 

"Football is about fans. But the reality for the vast majority of the players, particularly at the highest level, is their income is funded by television money and there are contracts that have to be adhered to. 

"In order for us (the PFA) to be able to protect those players in terms of securing their salaries, if that's the only offer we have on the table to complete the season, then that is what it will be.

"If we're going to get the season finished in a timely fashion so we can even consider starting next season, we've got to be open to all options." 

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