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Aston Villa keeper Reina slams Premier League for 'crazy' COVID-19 response

Aston Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina says it was "crazy" for the Premier League to propose playing fixtures last weekend due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

The league only decided to suspend the season on Friday after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive to coronavirus.

"Here, in England, they have recommended prudence and to try to be at home as calm as possible," the 37-year-old told Marca.

"I don't have to look after myself at home because we're going to rest over the weekend and on Monday we have training.

"Only those who have positive cases in their teams, like Chelsea or Arsenal, have put their players in quarantine and isolation, but we keep training as usual from Monday.

"It was crazy to [propose that the Premier League] keep playing, we have to take this seriously.

"Other countries which are more affected have already taken more radical measures and we have to follow this path. England can't cover their eyes and look the other way, the life and health of everyone is more important than sport.

"You have to have clear priorities in life and football is just a game and entertainment for people, the health of the people has to come first ahead of any other interest."

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