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Premier League's project restart doomed to fail says Ossie Ardiles

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Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles believes Project Restart will fail.

Ardiles, 67, who lives in London and is now employed as an ambassador for his former club, feels Premier League bosses are trying to resume the season before it is safe to do so.

And the Argentine fears the plan to complete the campaign is doomed while the covid-19 pandemic continues to claim hundreds of lives every day.

Ardiles said: “I would say that you cannot play again in this country. They should definitely have to wait.

“The risk is very little in training, but in games it changes things.

“In Germany they have started again and we are closely watching what is happening there.

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“But it is a difficult decision to play again here. In England, no decision has been made yet and it will take time before we know.

“It is not known if the title will go to Liverpool or the rest of the year will be suspended.

“I don't think there is time to play. In Italy they are planning to return on June 15.

“We are behind. I think there will be no time to finish the Premier League and they want to play the Champions League in August.

“That involves different countries and so I see it being very, very difficult to play again.

“I believe that there will be no other way out than to determine this season as finished now.”

Ardiles added: “Of course, health for me is essential. It must come first.

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“You can not play again in England when there are many deaths.

“The peak is said to have been reached, but it is not so, so we have to see what happens in the coming weeks.

“Players are desperate to play again, but they all have children and parents whom they must take care of and so today it is not possible.”

Ardiles also feels the plan to play games in empty stadiums is flawed.

Football chiefs have no option but to play games behind closed doors to prevent the spread of infection.

But Ardiles said: “It is as Cesar Luis Menotti says – football without people is not football.

“If you see it on television, it's like watching a movie without sound.

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“The game is lost without the public. The celebrations of goals, expressions and emotions are the beauty of this sport.

“Playing on a pitch without people is good at first because there is nothing else.

“But it is not enjoyed – and that's the truth. It does not appeal to me much to see these games.

“People here are totally desperate to watch football and there is no doubt that the fans will be at home watching the games.

“It is not ideal, but it is a step towards normality.”




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