Sheffield United star Chris Basham becomes latest name to back 'stay home' coronavirus message

Chris Basham, the Sheffield United defender, has become the latest high-profile name to back the 'Stay at home, help the NHS' message aimed at halting the spread of coronavirus.

Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 12:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 12:18 pm
Sheffield United are waiting for the season to re-start after climbing to seventh in the Premier League table: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Basham, speaking from his native Newcastle after Blades players were told to train at home to try and combat the Covid-19 crisis, asked fans to respect the Government's message after the UK was told to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

The measures are designed to slow the spread of the deadly disease, which has claimed thousands of lives worldwide.

"The most important thing for us is spreading the message about staying at home," Basham said.

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"We need to help out the NHS as much as possible, so we can go out and entertain again when this is all over.

"The more people who don't stay at home, the longer the wait for that may be - which is why so many footballers are trying to get the word out there."

Basham and Co. have been given a personalised fitness programme to follow during their time away from United's training complex.

"Like most people, I don't know what the next stage is," Basham added.

"I'm just turning on the news hoping to hear what's next. It's a day by day thing.

"I went to get some food in yesterday and it was like a ghost town up here.

"It's amazing to see how the world has changed and what's going on because of this virus.

"We just want to do our part by staying home."