La Liga and all other levels of the Spanish game have been stopped since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, which led to thousands of deaths in the country.

The health of players is more important than financial problems

Defender of Valencia Gabriel Paulista begged the authorities to put the health of players before financial problems and not rush to return to professional football. La Liga and all other levels of the Spanish game have been stopped since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, which led to thousands of deaths in the country. Recently, however, strict quarantine measures have been relaxed by the government. And there is hope that sport can resume shortly as the rate of infection slows down. The weekend of June 14 is mentioned as a possible return date, but Gabriel hopes caution will be taken to prevent further tragedy. “Professional football players are privileged people, but we are first and foremost people. We have a family, relatives, and feelings,” the former Arsenal signaled in a letter published on social networks.

Players are always an example for young people

“We are always asked to set an example, and that is how it should be, many children and young people look at us. Let’s set an example for a society that we value our life and health above all. For me, and I’m sure for the vast majority of football players, money is not everything “. Gabriel went on to explain that while he desperately wants to return to the field. The League’s authorities must guarantee the health of the players before the ball starts rolling again. “I don’t want to rush back or because of economic pressure that we can understand, but never prioritize more important issues, that any family member, friend, or work colleague gets sick and dies,” he added. “After this difficult time, we are still suffering, and no one should be infected again or die because of this disease.

“I love the sport of football, I love to play, I love my club, and we always want to make fans happy. Still, above all, I love and respect the lives of everyone. We will play when no one does it with fear and has full guarantees that there’s no risk. Otherwise, if we are not given full promises, let’s follow the example of other countries that have taken more decisive measures. First comes life, and then football!”