Derby County striker Wayne Rooney has hit out at authorities over their treatment of players in England during the recent outbreak of Coronavirus.
The Premier League was suspended on Friday following an emergency meeting and the former Manchester United feels players were treated like 'guinea pigs' during that period.
"After the emergency meeting, at last, the right decision was made," Rooney wrote in his column for The Times.
"Until then it almost felt like footballers in England were being treated like guinea pigs.
"The rest of sport - tennis, Formula One, rugby, golf, football in other countries - was closing down and we were being told to carry on.
"At Derby County, we sat at training on Thursday waiting for Boris Johnson to speak. People were anxious. Thankfully football made the right call in the end. We had to put the season on hold. Some people won't be happy but I just think, in this case, football has to come second. It's a sport. It's just a sport," he added.
Rooney further noted they would be happy to play until September if they are required to.
"We're happy to play until September if the season extends to then if that's how it has to be. That's our job. As long as we know we're safe to play and it's a safe environment for spectators, we'll play.
The Premier League joined Serie A, LaLiga, Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, and Europa League in suspending action, as a way of preventing the spread of the virus.