Fan safety is more important than football, Stones says

MANCHESTER: Manchester city defender John Stones want to go back to football But it has urged the authorities to resume matches in the country only at the right time.

Premier league football has been suspended since March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and Stones feels safety of fans and players is more important than the game itself.

"We all want football back, me more than anyone, but I want it to be at the right time and I want it to be safe for everyone," Stones told CityTV as per Daily Mail.

For me as a player you want to play in stadiums full of fans and the fans want to come to the game.

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If they can't do it, they will see it on television, but that is the love and passion that everyone knows and loves, he added.

France, Belgium and Netherlands have already called off their respective league looking at the virus threat but football associations in England, Spain, Germany and Italy are trying their best to complete the season.

Manchester city were placed at the second spot on the Premier league table when the season was abruptly halted. The defending champions remain 25 points (one game in hand) behind league leaders Liverpool , pursuing their first top-notch title in 30 years.