sport news DANNY MURPHY: Playing on is beginning to feel wrong

DANNY MURPHY: Playing on is beginning to feel wrong amid the Covid pandemic, I'm finding it hard to justify it if children are denied going to school... we have to accept there is a bigger picture I was an enthusiastic supporter of Project Restart and have no regrets about that For those of us who love the game, we have to accept there is a bigger picture It is probably a moral question whether football should carry on amid pandemic The only chance football has of continuing is for players to behave themselves 

By Danny Murphy For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 22:31 GMT, 2 January 2021 | Updated: 01:01 GMT, 3 January 2021

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I was an enthusiastic supporter of Project Restart and have no regrets about that. It was a massive bonus for people to have football back after the first lockdown.

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But even for those of us who love the game deeply, we have to accept there is a bigger picture. When there's doubt and confusion over kids going to school, it would seem wrong that the Premier League is the only industry that doesn't adhere to the national problem.

There's an argument that with intensive testing, football stadiums are the safest places to work, but it is probably a moral question whether football should carry on when there are so many people unemployed and being told they cannot go anywhere. We know the reasons for continuing are financial but other factors have to come into play.

Premier League matches continue to take place despite the rise in Covid-19 cases in the UK

Premier League matches continue to take place despite the rise in Covid-19 cases in the UK

Games have been postponed - Fulham's Scott Parker saw his side's game at Burnley called off

Games have been postponed - Fulham's Scott Parker saw his side's game at Burnley called off

If we get to the stage where the only way to continue playing is for football clubs to jump the queue and be vaccinated ahead of key workers, it's best to have a virus circuit break.

As a player, I wouldn't have any concerns to carry on playing but it wouldn't sit right to get protection ahead of others. My mum is 74 so is high risk,

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