Arsenal players Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi spoke out after English Premier League suspension over the outbreak of the novel Covid-19, which has seen many sports postponed across the world.
Through his personal Twitter account, Ozil revealed that at the moment, due to the coronavirus epidemic, football is not important.
“Football does not matter right now. The health and wellbeing of everyone is far more important than everything else. Guys, take all the precautions you can – be mindful and considerate of everyone, especially those who are at high risk,” he wrote.
Ozil thanked doctors, nurses and scientist who are helping to keep the virus from spreading.
“As we go through this global issue, we should not forget to say thank you to all doctors, nurses and scientists worldwide, who are helping to keep this virus from spreading. They are under high pressure in the upcoming weeks and deserve our respect and gratitude.”
Fellow German Shkodran Mustafi said that the deadly situation was bigger than football and that it is important to do everything possible to stop the virus.
“This is bigger than football,” he tweeted. “It’s so important that we are now doing everything possible to stop the virus. Therefore, please follow the instructions of the authorities and avoid anything that could endanger you, your friends and families. Stay safe and healthy!”
The EPL has been officially put off until 4th April 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the World Health Organisation, 142 539 cases of the virus have been confirmed globally, with 5,393 deaths recorded.