After boycotting training, Watford captain Troy Deeney has revealed his family has suffered personal and online abuse.
Most Premier League players returned training last week but Deeney decided to boycott due to the coronavirus pandemic, citing his son's breathing difficulties. The club's captain had raised questions about Project Restart and safety players as Newcastle United ace Danny Rose said they were being treated like 'lab rats'.
"In a time where it's all about mental health and everyone says: 'Speak up, speak out, please speak,'... For example, Danny Rose spoke out, and I spoke out and we just get absolutely hammered and battered for it," Deeney said in an interview with CNN Sport.
"It's not just us that gets it. My missus gets direct messages and you'll be walking down the street and people will be like: 'Oh, I'm at work, you go back to work'," he added.
"My concerns were purely for family reasons. I have a five-month-old son who's got breathing difficulties. So, for me, I needed more questions answered, with a bit more authority, and at the start, they couldn't really do that," Deeney said.
On Wednesday, the English Premier League confirmed another four positive cases of the coronavirus after the latest round of testing.