Scotland and Liverpool star Andy Robertson has spoken openly about general comments made about footballers during the lockdown by government officials.
The Reds had their Premier League title party put on hold as the country battled an outbreak of COVID-19. Like many across the country, Robertson and his Liverpool teammates were stuck in the house.
Health secretary Matt Hancock called footballers out as the battled raged on. As the many different impacts of the virus began to hit the UK, he said that footballers should have been doing more.
Since then, the likes of Marcus Rashford and Premier League captains have been instrumental in making social changes up and down the UK, raising funds for charity and Rashford in particular leading a child poverty campaign.
Robertson has now spoken of these comments made by the health secretary, saying they were ‘a wee bit harsh’ as players did what they could under the circumstances.
“Henderson and all the other captains ended up raising a fund for the NHS who are the real heroes in all of this, who fought the pandemic when a lot of us hid away from it,” Robertson said (Sky Sports).
“He was he driving force behind that. These things were all bubbling away when Matt Hancock called us out.
“We were getting attacked when other industries, other sportspeople weren’t. It didn’t sit right with me and it didn’t sit right with many footballers.
“We are all very active in what we do, whether it’s family or charity and I felt what he said was a wee bit harsh.”