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Safety first: Dergview boss Ivan Sproule wants players' welfare to be the main concern

Safety first: Dergview boss Ivan Sproule wants players' welfare to be the main concern

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Ivan battling with Xavi of Spain

Ivan battling with Xavi of Spain

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Up against Steven Davis during his time at Hibs

Up against Steven Davis during his time at Hibs

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Blast from the past: Ivan Sproule (left) when he played against brother Andrew

Blast from the past: Ivan Sproule (left) when he played against brother Andrew

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Scoring against Estonia at Windsor Park

Scoring against Estonia at Windsor Park

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Safety first: Dergview boss Ivan Sproule wants players' welfare to be the main concern

Former Northern Ireland star Ivan Sproule has opened up about his feelings on the conclusion of the 2019/2020 Irish League season, revealing that he would find it hard to live with himself if football was brought back too early at his club Dergview and someone contracted Covid-19 because of it.

In a powerful and thought-provoking interview with the Belfast Telegraph, the Dergview boss outlined:

  • His fears of the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Though he really misses the game, he would miss a family member far more if tragedy struck;
  • That the football authorities in Northern Ireland would have no right to tell him to put his team in a dressing room environment unless there was proper testing for players and sanitised stadiums.

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