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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.

Sproule is proud to manage his hometown club in Castlederg. He saved them from relegation from the Championship last season and was planning to do the same this term when football was called to a halt by the Irish FA on March 13 due to coronavirus.