Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings has said that Premier League players know they are “commodities” and that the league’s restart is almost entirely about money.
The Premier League has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but on Thursday the league’s shareholders announced that play is provisionally scheduled to restart on June 17.
The English top flight is aiming to make its resumption as safe as possible, as players and club staff have been tested for Covid-19 consistently in recent weeks.
But Mings has said that he accepts that money is still the driving force behind the restart, as the league looks to complete the 2019-20 season in part to fulfill its broadcast contract obligations.
“The motives are possibly 100 per cent financially driven rather than integrity driven,” Mings told the Daily Mail.
“I am all for playing again because we have no other choice. As players, we were the last people to be consulted about Project Restart and that is because of where we fall in football’s order of priority.
“That isn’t a problem. We are commodities in the game and we accept that.”
Source: News update